Brendon “I was a fish in my last life” Mathews and I went for a good walk into the upper pools of the Waitahanui this morning. Brendon has another book coming out soon and wanted to get some action and scenic shots of the upper River. We started above Burstal bridge in the Gold Fish bowl, with Brendon stalking a nice Rainbow close in. I wasn’t fast enough to get my camera out and he had hooked and dropped it by the time I had.
We looked in every nook and cranny there was on the way up to Flick and Switch, and at one stage got onto a good group of fresh run trout in some fast water. Brendon landed a good fish of about four pounds that had excellent markings and according to Brendon would make a brilliant photo. It would have, if I hadn’t then dropped it while removing it from the net.
To finish the report today I would like to mention the Trout size/condition debate going on at the moment. My opinion on it is this, “wait and see”. DOC are aware of the small size and are in the process of getting the size limit reduced, this will help in the culling of these fish, less fish more food hopefully means bigger fish in the future. their explanation of why the trout have been like this, makes sense and so we should listen to them and see what happens. The quality of fish has improved dramatically over the past three weeks and has coincided with the cold Wintery weather we should be getting, to induce these good fish to run. If this season did turn out to be a shocker and then next year was no better, or worse, then Doc would have to stand up and re think what is going on. I for one certainly can’t complain at the number of fish being caught, just the quality. Give DOC a chance, I believe they know what they are doing.