I have been fishing the rips over the past couple of days, in between doing rooms and running the Lodge. The weather has been perfect with a slight ruffle on the water and warm humid conditions. There is no moon at the moment as well so night fishing has been perfect. I was standing down from the Waitahanui rip the other day and a school of smelt cruised by, they were about three feet wide and i foot deep, it took over ten minutes for them to swim by. This is the first time I have seen smelt like this for ages.
Like all fishing the trout can either be there or not and the other night in perfect conditions they weren’t!! I fished for 5 hours without a single strike. In the end my casting had turned to crap and I spending more time with my headlight on than off. The insect life is huge at the moment as well and I had bugs up my nose and in my ears and eyes.
I got these two early this morning on a Brown woolly bugger, I also put back a nice little brown of about four pounds that snatched my Booby on the first cast. Brendon i’m a fish Mathews, has been catching a few in the rips as wel. He very generously gave me one the other day that went just on Five pounds and smoked up a treat. I sheared it between the clients at the lodge, thanks Brendon!.
Please feel free to drop by the shop for some free advice on what lines to use and where to go for rip fishing, I am always amazed at how few river fishermen get into the rips. You are missing out on some truly fantastic fishing.