Hi guys,

Winter seems to be almost gone with days becoming longer, warmer nights and spring lambs appearing in most farmers fields. We have had a more realistic winter this season with plenty of rain, cold and overcast conditions which I think has given us the winter fishing we have seen so far. Rivers are all currently full of trout right from the Waitahanui through to the Tongariro down south. I think we have plenty more to still run into rivers such as the Tongariro and this should continue right into October November.

I have been out over the past week most days with various clients and found the fishing pressure to be very heavy especially over the weekend. All rivers were at perfect levels for angling and by Friday afternoon I could see an increase of anglers zooming around car parks excited to be on the water. I fished the Hine on Saturday and it was possibly the worst for pressure I had ever seen, in saying that we had  a great day landing well over 30 fish so it didn’t matter. The Hine is the river which just keeps giving but Im pretty sure we might have seen the main portion of silver fish for this river. I most likely landed over 100 trout here last week and landed only a handful of silver fish which is typical of this water as it does receive the early running trout. Most trout are dark in spawning colours, soft bellied if they have not already spawned or possibly already mending fish on their way back to the lake. I find most anglers are out for the sport of fly fishing instead of killing trout and these trout account for themselves brilliantly, certainly my international clients had a ball over the past ten days.

Other rivers were busy also, the TT was full of anglers on Saturday and the Tongariro was chokers all weekend and rightly so! Reports in suggest the Tongariro was very good on Sunday producing plenty of trout through most sections of the river. I am sure the TT would have been in full swing after being high for a few days during the week. I actually had a client venture out during the night swinging a bully pattern in the TT where you can put your boat in and he did ok along with other nocturnal anglers.

With most rivers having a pretty good clean out on a regular basis this winter due to flooding we have seen an increase in wet fly anglers. Wet fly has always been an exciting way to fish and to be honest accounts for some of the better fish taken every season. Wet lining has been around since the early days and was practiced religiously by all fisherman well before nymphing became fashionable. Wet lining generally is restrictive unless you have a  few different lines which have faster or slower sink rates depending on where you may fish but it certainly has advantages in some pools. High or receding water levels are a great time to learn how to wet line and when best results are seen by most , swinging large patterns in dirty water can be killer if the fish are in the river. Two anglers fishing together sharing both wet lining and nymphing can prove very effective if they work a run or pool together, some methods get down quicker and spur different attacks  from trout.

Great to see a whole lot of young anglers on the river over the past week. Fly fishing has generally been a sport of middle to later life men and woman which enjoy all aspects of being outside or sharing time with others but a young generation has turned up. These guys are keen, strong ,fit and catching a lot of fish on most occasions. They are enthusiastic and their results are easy to find with photos and videos posted all over social media usually by Sunday evening. I spoke with a group of guys which fit the description and they were all from Auckland and were loving being out of the city pursuing a active adrenalin sport. I cant help but feel the rise in the condition and numbers of trout have helped these guys get into fly fishing. 90% of these boys are set up with czech nymphing equipment and all the latest gear from the shops in Auckland, its the fashionable style of fishing in the last year or two. After speaking with them I soon worked out why they were all on the Hine and the smaller rivers and its simply as they find the bigger water harder to fish and cover with this method. Unfortunatley many of them had never been shown how to actually cast a fly line or manage a drag free drift with a traditional nymphing rig which may in the long run be their down fall as the winter season draws on and other rivers start to fire. I still see czech nymphing as a bit like spin fishing but those are only my thoughts on it , great to see younger guys on the river all the same.

I have a few days on and a few days of this week so will be good to get some jobs sorted, re stock the fly box but also get back out on that water with new clients who are excited to be here. Hopefully the weather hangs in there and we are on the end of winter, im sure excited about what summer has to offer going forward.

Regards

Andrew