Firstly let me apologize for the lack of updates over the past two weeks. Some fairly serious stuff has been going on behind the scenes, (not health related). So a big thank you to all my good friends out there, (Darren your the man) who have stood by me and given me the inspiration to push on and now upwards. Gahhhh and in all of this shite I upgraded my computer to Windows 10 and it literally dissolved my hard drive It has been a pretty crappy last month actually!
Right so all good now, lets gets on with it all.
The strong Southerly/ South Westerly that we have had blowing in for the past week, pushed some nice trout into the Waitahanui. I have found that this river can be very good over the next few months with late runs going through. It is now, that the Red Bead Reaper comes into its own. The Jacks love these. There will be a few spent trout coming back down now, so please take care of these when you release them. This season I have seen a large amount of dead trout in the water or on the banks. Didymo Dave recons it is selective fishing. This is when an angler has two trout and then catches a third that is better than one of the others. They then hide, or just throw one of the lesser fish away, so they can carry on fishing. Yes I believe that this does go on, (dick heads) but I also believe not releasing a fish that has been treated poorly in the first place, is the main culprit. I have had to stop many a trout from turning upwards in the water after I have held it there for some time trying to revive it. Once they turn up, its over for them and they drown. Just have it in the back of your minds guys. For instance try not to drop a trout on the rocks if you are taking a photo, maybe stay low to the ground, use a glove, just treat them with respect and care.
Yes I saw the massive trout that a Turangi angler caught! Yes me personally I would have taken a photo and framed it for life and released this MONSTER of a Jack back into the system to make HUGE babies for our future anglers to catch. However in so saying when I was new to the sport I pretty much took everything and if it was big it certainly went home with me for the table. It is the whole hunter gather thing from when we dragged our knuckles on the ground while we walked. It does make me cringe a wee bit when I see it but I am not a hypocrite, (well not too much anyway) and so would just like to think that bloggers like mine reach a few people and make them think twice occasionally about the outcomes. On a positive note, bloody well done for catching and landing the thing in the first place and secondly hell’s bells, maybe I won’t wade as deep as I do on those dark nights in the rips!!
I guided on the Hinemaiaia yesterday for a few hours. The Red Bead Reaper accounted for all our trout. There are some numbers in there that is for sure, it will be interesting to know how many of them got up to “Sanctuary” above the Cliff Pool. Lots of dark fish as you can imagine but we hooked two decent silver bullets. man that rip has changed so many times this season. I bet Chris and Sharron are cracking their necks to get over here now.
As a guide you have to be able to make informed decisions on what river to fish under the circumstances of weather, where the trout are and angling numbers based on the day. For me this season the Tauranga Taupo has been one of the stand out rivers. Every single time I have chosen to fish this mighty piece of water, (under the right conditions of water flow) it has been a massive producer, yes there has been angling pressure but there are a heap of sneaky spots on the TT so that doesn’t necessarily bug me. So last Saturday I met up with two anglers I was going to guide on the TT for a half day. Stan and Hamish. We got there early, (still two cars there) and walked to the spot I wanted to fish first, hoping like hell no one was there. The water level was slightly on the lower so of good Saturday but I was still positive there would be fish holding. Stan managed to pull a very nice Jack from this first run while I worked on some basics with Hamish, who was the learner of the two. We then moved up to a spot that always producers. We encountered two anglers in this piece of water so plan B was deployed and we dropped back. This was my mistake, we should have gone above these guys as the trout had obviously moved through as the water dropped. This is what I mean by being able to make decisions based on many facts. Part of my decision making was based on the fact it was a half day guide and as anyone who fishes the TT knows it is a long walk back from those pools just below Cliff. However the fact one of my top priorities is to get clients trout, if I had known the water below the rock wall was barren, (pretty much), I would have walked them. Luckily enough these boys know that fishing can be like that and Hamish came away with a whole new outlook on skill sets so it was not a waste. But I do hate it when that happens.
So in short the TT is a bit hard down low as the water level has dropped. It probably will get another good run with the weather in the forecast so keep an eye on the levels.
I haven’t had any reports from the Tongariro apart from that the Bridge pool has been like London Station at times. I might pop down there later in the week to have a good poke around as I have some spare time over the weekend and need some video footage. I’ll report back on this river next time.
The back Country opens up in Two weeks. I have not really had time to think about this too much over the last few weeks but now I am as excited as a Labrador puppy with a ball. I am doing a heap of camp outs straight up this season too as I strengthen up for what is coming. The Blue Bead Comet, Blue Raptor, Black Raptor, 3.8ml Tungsten Black Bodied Reaper will all come into play within the next month back Country, so I am frantically tying these up.
Until next time guys. Be safe on the water, look after your mates and tight lines for ever.