Whoops, sorry for the lack of reports, (again). At the moment it looks like my reports will be a weekly thing, until Winter gets here, however I will endeavour to make them in depth. If you would like to send in a fishing story or report of your own, with pictures then I will post them up. I understand fresh content is what you guys are after.
This week I managed to guide a few times as the clients I had all wanted evening fishing and I am finished at work by 2pm.
I took an amazing angler out on the Hinemaiaia Wednesday. This guy could cast! For the first time I witnessed a three# in action. Now this was a twig!!! The deal was that Steven wanted to catch trout, he didn’t care what size but he wanted to try out his knew toy on a small river. We arrived at 5pm and set up. His rig was beautiful, he had bought the blanks in Australia and put it together himself, this thing was SOOOOO light. He matched this with a four weight clear floating line, it was a small river, trout deceiving machine. We used a 9.5 foot tapered leader and a size 14 Royal Wolf that Steven had tied himself. Now the Hinemaiaia has a huge population of small 1 pound trout in there, that will come to the surface very easily, this is all he wanted. The fact that in the second pool up, he hooked and landed a fresh fat 3 pounder, shows the Hine is an interesting prospect in summer. Over the course of the evening we lost count of the numbers we hooked, we landed at least ten nice fish in the 2 pound up bracket and dropped a few good ones as well. Even a trout of .5 pound bent that little 3# and took line from the reel, heaps of fun, heaps and heaps of fun in fact. I was bloody busy with the net that is for sure!!
On Thursday I had the pleasure of guiding May and Louis, these guys were all the way from Beijing China. The deal here was get May, (May was the most Petite Taiwanese lady I have ever come across) Trout. She had received a few hours tuition from Louis, (who by the way was a great fisherman) but had never tried on water. I was lucky that Louis had done such a good job as she showed excellent skill in stopping the rod high behind her and letting the line straighten out before the forward cast, To her credit she fished all day and in most of the pools and I never ONCE had to untangle her flies!!!!!!! She listened to my instruction and I could tell she was really trying. I spent 10 minutes in a lower straight section of water showing her the water load and re cast technique, then moved her up into the high probability water. Second cast and the indicator twitched then two feet down twitched again, (i’m trying to hold off screaming strike) and then ten feet from her rod tip the indicator disappeared. She struck as I said strike and we were into a fat little three pounder. This is where the fun begins, as with most new commers to the sport they clamp down on the line and drop the rod, in those first blistering seconds of the hook up. I encouraged her to let the line slide through her fingers and helped her to keep the rod tip up. typical back country trout that this was it played dirty by speeding down toward us and going around the biggest rock it could find. Now this is why I use fluorocarbon and to be honest I love the Umpqua Deceiver Tippet. Great knot strength, ( make sure you have enough wraps around the line when using the Clinch Knot, At least 7 or 8). Due to Fluro’s high abrasion resistance it makes a big difference when an angry trout takes you downstream amongst the rocks! The six pound Deceiver is the BOMB! This was a mid stream release but it gave her the encouragement she needed. The next pool up and agin she placed the Nymphs perfectly and was rewarded by the indicator being yanked under. This trout gave one blistering run upstream then came back down like a bullet, passing us and heading for the next pool down, 50 meters away.I was not sure if it would still be attached as there was so much slack line to be reeled in but when we did come up tight the rod bent and the trout was still on. This was a pressure net for me as I could tell the fish was at least 4 pounds and hubby had that excited worried look on his face. I choose my time as it drifted down towards I was waiting and scooped it up in one quick motion, Whew! I have never been hugged by a client quite like that and that was just Steven, (na just joking man). If you ask me what I enjoy about guiding, that moment defines it nicely.
At one stage we were standing thigh deep in the river along a bank casting up into a deep hole, May had already hooked up and been smashed all the place before being busted off. I noticed out of the corner of my eye a VERY large eel swim across the current belowe us and start to swim up toward us on our side. Hmmmm what to do! This thing was about the length of May and a good even inches thick, A big bastard! I didn’t want to freak her out and so mentioned quietly that there was a rather large eel making its way up to us. She asked if it would eat her and I laughed and said “na, no way”. Then her husband saw it! Wow that is a huge eel he said coming towards you, nice hubby nice. I moved three feet downstream to intercept it and expected it to scatter as soon as it noticed me. This thing stood its ground, I had to poke it in the nose three times before it slowly and begrudgedly slide back down the river. I moved back up and stood beside May. After a few more casts I suggested we move about five feet up river to get a better angle, we were standing in Papa Rock sludge and so when we moved a fair amount of silt was thrown up. Just as we got into position I noticed the eel coming back up, FAST. It disappeared into the silty water and I lost sight of it, it had to be close and this was a big bugger!! I decided to wait and see where it was before I freaked May out and so waited for the water to clear. Thats when I felt the weight on my boots, sigh! Its quite hard to concentrate on guiding a client when you have a twenty five pound Eel, with an attitude sitting on your feet. Yip sure enough as the water cleared there he was sitting on my boots LOOKING UP AT ME, (i’m sure it licked his lips). I lifted my leg and he came to the suface, did a small spash of the tail and swam away. Crazy inquisitive creatures, eels. I like them but I wonder what they do to the fishery if left unchecked!
We had a fantastic day hooking up well over 15 nice trout, it is good to see that even the rivers that can be accsessed by the public are still holding good numbers of trout.
So there ya have it guys, fish everywhere and great weather to boot. The Cicadas are thick and the condition of the trout is showing. Get out there.