I really needed to get out of the house this morning and so decided to have a wee look at the Waitahanui, not to fish it but just to see if it had colour from all the rain we had last night. It is in perfect condition, it has extra flow to it and the colour is superb I spoke to a couple of anglers in the lower section who fish it on a regular basis and things were a little slow. The rip was nice and strong and I am sure this river will get a run in the next day or so, especially when the wind turns westerly tomorrow. I spotted this mammoth of a Brown in the cliff pool, look at the width!!!!
As I am not up for much in the way of getting out there and doing it, I thought I would give a little blurb on drift and Mend, I hope it makes sense and helps one or two of you out , (Shane looks at Aussie Chris and Bob).
So many times over the past seven years of guiding, I have been with a client fishing a piece of water without success, mainly due to “Drag”. By that I mean my client hasn’t been able to get a drag free drift in the pool or run. This means the Nymphs, (or in some cases big arsed Glo Bugs) are not getting down as the current seizes the indicator and line pulling it downstream to fast. In many of these situations my client has offered the rod to me and asked for a demonstration, they look sick when a fish is pulled on the first cast ! It is not just a case of mending, it is more when to mend . An example of this is anglers who IMMEDIADLY mend their line when it hits the water, inevitably they have to mend again during the drift and more than often it is smack in the middle of the pool or over the fish It is better to look at the piece of water you are going to fish and say, “Ok, that is where the fish should be and so when my line is over it I need to be at the correct depth and drag free”. With that information locked in you can decide how far up the pool, or run you need to cast. As it drifts back down to you, think about the mend. If you mend to soon the BOW in your line will mean you need to mend again, so time it, to slow the drift down, get the Nymphs deep and make the presentation complete. Think, a mend is ONLY to slow the drift down, it is not always necessary but when it is, it is critical to deploy it correctly. The Waitahanui is probably the best river in the Taupo district to demonstrate mending, as the pools are short and so it is essential to have a good mend and to know when to mend. Out of all the techniques I give my clients, Mending and Drift are probably the two most important for this river. Sometimes when that bow starts to form in your line,(the start of drag) even after you have done your best with your mend and the Nymphs are in a great spot, you do not want to mend again!! In this situation I point the tip of my rod at the BOW in the line and FOLLOW that downstream. What this does is it keeps the bow in your line from becoming to tight and the drag stays minimal. If the Indicator goes under the chances are you are going to have too much line on the water and the rod will be at the wrong angle for a vertical strike. In this case I strike across the water, horizontally and if I do hook up, I then frantically strip line in to tighten up on the fish. This is an excellent technique to keep the drift going without a second mend.
I hope that makes some sence and that you think a little about when to mend on this beautiful river.