Hi guys,

After the devastating rain the Central North Island received all those weeks ago we are starting to see some benefit from it shining through on our backcountry waters. With some quite settled weather upon us we are managing to really explore much of waht we missed out on for so long during this years weird summer.  Still much of the rivers I am used to fishing will be no good for the rest ofthe season but there are a few which have reacted quite well and are now currently fishing well.

All winter I look forward to the return of the Cicada and our wonderful dry fly fishing that this little critter brings with it and it is usually the backcountry waters which really fire up for this type of fishing. This year it has been extremely patchy and sometimes non existent especially after the flooding but with levels back to a very fishable level again the trout have started to really look to the surface for food again.

I spent a day in the headwaters of one of my favourite rivers with Matt and son Seb from Melbourne and was pleased to experience the best dry fly fishing so far this year with over a dozen good fish hooked on the dry fly and dropper.

As usual we found browns in the lazy backwaters which almost motionless came over to the dry before slurping the fly down and good sized rainbows were stacked up in all the usual pocket water and fast riffles. This type of fishing is exciting and second to none and a real privilege to be apart of when it all goes to plan.

Nymphing is still very productive especially in those big deeper pools which fish are lying deep in. I usually start the day of with a nymph rig and then when the sun hits the water switch over to the dry and target shallower water for fish which are searching for more oxygenated water.

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The takes from these fish sometimes can be motionless and your heart will stop as you see the trout porpoise and engulf your fly but other takes can be hard and fast which allows you to just raise the rod tip and feel the weight of the hooked trout. Many trout are missed with those slower takes but for me they are the most rewarding as it does take a little control and skill to ensure they stay on the hook.

Dont be suprised if you find fish with both the nymph and the dry hooked in them as sometimes these fish will pick up the nymph on the way up to the dry and then also take the dry. Hungry little buggers in the backcountry but this what you can expect when the rivers are firing and you are fishing for resident fish which have to put on good condition now to get them through a rough winter ahead.

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Just a quick update got lots to do

Tight lines

Andrew