Hi guys,

The full force of winter conditions is looming closer and closer by the day and we are starting to see conditions which should soon produce a frost. I have been out on the rivers the last two mornings at first light and a good part of it has seen me huddled in a ball with my hands down my waders, something my mother would say is not new. I have been fishing the Hine river and the Waitahanui river mouth but both have been pretty tough going which is slightly disappointing. The Hine has dropped to a perfect level and I would have put the house on it having plenty of fish yesterday morning but I was unable to get life out of the 3 or 4 pools I fished below the bridge.

I gave the Waitahanui river mouth a thrashing this morning along with 3 others till about 8 30am and we all caught fish but not one fish was taken for the table as they were either to small or not impressive fish. The rip was unfishable yesterday due to wind and I thought with the cold morning and calm conditions they might be in but I was wrong again, this place is getting hard to predict!

Still…it is a very impressive place to be on such a wonderful morning and with the right crowd of anglers it can be a very good place to start your day. This has got to be one of the most famous places in Taupo and has been photographed thousands of times by visiting anglers from far and wide. The great thing about this place is that it has not changed that much and I bet some pictures dating back a hundred years would not be that different. Despite what the new age angler says the fish size dating back then has not changed a hell of alot either thus quite often being proved with old fishing diary’s. In many cases it seems to the anglers which have been about for ten years which are complaining on fish size and not the older anglers that have been about for the last 50 years? Things have not changed that much when looking at the big picture.

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Something which is an iconic part of fishing the rip at Waitahanui is being able to see the remains of a pontoon or platform which anglers in the early days used to tie boats up to. “The Pole” has always been out there somewhere and can usually be spotted depending on where the rip is running at the time. At the moment it is pretty much where you want to stand and can be used as a good gauge as to where the drop off is which is used as a safety marker for many and a leaning scratching pole for me. I only learnt the history of this pole yesterday while talking to a fisherman who has fished here for many years and has many old books dating back to the “good ol days”  It’s History. The topic of the pole was brought up as just a few days ago someone had been out there trying to work out a way to have it removed. This is not a navigational hazard but actually used as safety by many so lets hope this little piece of history remains deep in the bed of Lake Taupo.

I expect there are many keen fisho’s out there that every morning wonder how the hell some bugger manages to go fishing every morning, hunting in the afternoons and survive. I know the rat race is a place where guys like you don’t want to be and being stuck in an office would drive me crazy as well but everyone has a choice and my choice is to be here. Winter time is when the guiding for many quietens down as the tourists have gone home and not here in big numbers like the summer. This is when I have time to fish, hunt and hang out in cafes with friends just as you have been able to during the year at some stage. My summer is extremely busy and I don’t get to see family, go to the beach, fish the dry fly or attend bbq’s on nice evenings. For example this year I worked my Birthday, Christmas morning and New Years day all times which I’m sure the majority of people can get away. Still a very rewarding occupation.

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That is Taupo life. The Central North Island is just perfect for me to live in as I love the cold, hunting, tramping, fishing and a city with only one set of traffic lights.  At a young age I have lived in Europe and through Australia working as commercial diver on various oil rigs with the same set of guys for months on end every night dreaming of Taupo and the outdoor life it offers. Not a life for everyone and not one to become rich$, but one which is rich in life and that’s why we are here.

This may be the last blog for a few days as the parents are arriving on the weekend so I better get the place looking sharp. I will be doing alot of fishing in the next few weeks with Dad so hopefully will give you a good idea what you should expect.

Tight lines

Andrew