Yesterday I had the pleasure of guiding two guys back country. I have guided Will and Jason from Wellington a few times now and they both have fantastic skill with the rod, however neither of them had ever fished a backcountry river before and so there were a few more tricks I could teach them. The weather could have been a problem yesterday as the winds were meant to be gale force but easing!! By the time we drove over the hill to where we were going the day was sunny, warm and NO wind what so ever!!
Most of the easily accessible water has now been well and truly slaughtered and the Easter break didn’t help matters. I expected a few foot prints in the sand but it looked like a heard of humans had passed through!! I had a plan in the back of my mind, if this was to be the case. So we put the hard yards in and hightailed it up stream a fair way to get away from civilization. Once we put some distance between us and the crowds, the trout started to appear, so we slowed down and fished hard. The day was bright and sunny so spotting in the very clear water was easy and heaps of fun. The only problem was the trout didn’t seem to play ball. We had a few brief hook ups and some rather large scales left on the nymphs but it took some time to actually hook up.
When you are fishing a piece of water that looks too good to be true, but are not hooking up, instead of moving on thinking there are “NO trout in there”, why not change a few things around. Yes you can change your Nymphs and hopefully you at least do this, however that is only the beginning of what you can do. The next step for me is to lengthen the leader. For this I use the Surgeons Knot and I generally go down in leader diameter as well to make it get down faster and be a little more stealthy. Sometimes I will go to three Nymphs as well with the last one being something a little flashy. The Quassi or the Rainbow Warrior from Feather merchants are a fantastic choice here. If you are targeting a piece of deep water at the head of a drop off then sometimes adding a small piece of split shot to get down faster, is a good choice. Only after I have exhausted all my tricks will I move on, however in that time I have generally pulled something out and the feeling of deceiving trout like this is a good feeling. I will do up a video on the tappered leader so you can practice this VERY important knot.
We ended up landing Four good trout for the day and had a few brief hook ups as well. The day was not all about catching Trout but has given these guys a new piece of water to attack when the season opens up in October. It was a great day, I got to see a piece of water I had not fished before and will defiantly be back there next season to slay them.
I purchassed four pairs of Riverworks Wading boots from Creel Tackle house the other day. My other boots I had, (won’t give name on my report) had completely dissintergrated and in my opinion are a freaking rip off and bloody dangerous if you are concerned about the spread of didymo. The many holes that appeared in the material were a breading ground for rock snot and very hard to clean out, bad boot!!!!! The Riverworks boots look sturdy with strong stitching and rivets. The sole of the boot is made from a good material that has strong grip on slipery rocks. They also come with studs already embeded in them. I was a little worried about this from the reports coming through. Apararently steel studs can be like skating on ice when walking on large Tongariro dry rocks. I think the secret to this is not to have too many of the studs emmbedded in the sole of the boot. Some rubber contact on the rocks is VERY important. The Riverworks boots have six studs only. This gives good tracking on grass, mud and slippery rocks but still allows the rubber to get some grip. Yesterday on this river I had NO problems wading where as the time before in my old boots I could not stay up right!!!!!! The material dries very fast so the whole Didymo problem is taken care of as well. Creel in Turangi have these boots in all sizes and the price is as good as you will get. Contact them on 073867929 for a price quote!!!!!
If you are interested in doing some reece’s with me then please drop me an email. Although I do guide you on these trips I also fish myself and move through the water fairly quickly, The price for the day is reduced because of this. I am always doing these trips so contact me for more details.
Tight lines and see you on the water.