G’day guys, I know I’m slack in writing these blogs but you must excuse as I have been busy with guiding, moving house and caching up with Mother and Father that have travelled from Australia to spend some time in the beautiful country.

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I know that Ross has pulled the pin for the week while he cycles around the country with younger females than himself so I will try and post a few more report this week to satisfy your weekly fix if you can not be here yourself.

Generally I’m going to report the fishing as hard and sometimes plain frustrating but what is being caught is in very good condition and fights like hell which seems to make the hard yards all worth it. The town pools and upper river seems to have some great little fish in it and I have been catching most of these nymphing the obvious runs of pools like Judges, Breakfast, Admirals and the Never fails.

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The Rainbows I have come across have been no bigger than 3lb but god they pull like crazy and have wonderful eating abilities with big silver flanks,strong tails and sculptured shoulders built for speed. The upper river is also now holding good numbers of Browns and if you take your time when approaching pools you will find these sly old buggers laying quietly in the slack water recovering after a heavy night feeding I should imagine. In the last two weeks I have seen 3 fish over 10lbs landed at night from town pools, so they are in the system for those who want to brave he ghosts and stand in he forbidden river after dark and slowly retrieve Black or Olive Wooley buggers.

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The lower river is still chockers with fish and in particular big browns which are difficult to catch for the most of us unless you catch them of guard from behind and present the dry in such a way they cant let it go by, if you are in- good luck with the landing the beasts as I have had clients loose some crackers this week which I will touch on in a minute.

I have fished with some real characters this week and have actually really enjoyed spending time with them all even tho we have had all had varied catch rates. Will from England managed to land some nice Rainbows from the lower river using Cicada patterns and also lost the biggest brown that I have seen hooked up to a log that the fish managed to wrap itself around, funny how they do that with such ease at that size. The lower river is great but so snaggy and it really is a job to extract a big fish from the timber that they seem to know so well, we will have another go this week Will.

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Guided a wonderful couple from Bulls over the weekend which had never fished before and they managed to land a wonderful fresh fish from Judges which Im sure is being smoked as I write this, god it gave a great fight and I feel confident that this winter will produce many like it. Right from America had a great morning fishing on Sunday and managed 6 Rainbows from the upper river nymphing and was dead unlucky not to walk back with a wonderful brownie which we lost in the closes stages of the battle, got to let those big boys take line when they want it man! Generally the fish in the Tongariro are fantastic and we should continue to see plenty of it from now on going into the winter spawning action, cross fingers people.

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The Waytoohardanuie is still loaded with big fish and have actually had the first run of fresh bows go through so that’s very encouraging as you can see the photo of the oldman with a very good condition Jack which was feasting on midges and was fooled with the Para Adams. The river still holds good numbers of big browns but they seem pretty smart when it comes to nailing them.

I have had many evenings lately they have left me frustrated and wondering what all went wrong and I was not in the pub but witnessing a huge evening rise on the Tongariro and the Waytoohardanuie. I failed miserably as all my drys were ignored and I left the river with nothing but a patch full of flies but I think I might have cracked it and found a fly that imitates the Lace Moth that should sort them out, try getting it in a size 20. I know this is tiny but it’s better than going home cursing the fish and you must enjoy catching fish on something so small, I know  I did.

Speak soon guys, Andrew