Report for 18th May 2007

Shane French /

May 18, 2007

Just up from Snag, upper WaitahanuiI fished all the upper pools on the Waitahanui late this morning, tough going would have to be my report on this section! I dropped one in Reids and then landed one from just above Snag but that was it. I saw one or two and even tried naturals, (shock horror) but they didn’t want to know me today.

Hard fighting Hen from the lower WaitahanuiFrom there I drove back down to the cliff pool where I pulled out this fat little Hen. Man what a display of power she put on, it had me striding down the river, rod held high and line burning off the reel. I stopped her just before Poi’s pool on the true left. Most of the fish that I catch are released back after a quick photo session. One way that you can tell if a trout is still alive at the time of a photo is if the eyes of the fish are looking down. If it has been killed then they will be looking up towards its head. This fish was also returned unharmed tolay its eggs and fight another day!

6 pound Jack Lower Waitahanui RiverA friend took this photo of myself and this nice Jack the other day, I decided to take this one and it was turned into last nights Pistachio -Crusted fish fillets. There are a few nice Jacks in the river but it seems a whole bunch of Hens around the 3.5 to 4 pound mark have come in and are slowly making their way upstream.

We still have a good Westerly blowing in at the moment and it is certainly pushing in a few fish. First thing in the morning is obviously best due to the low water conditions but it is beautiful weather at the moment and is great to be out there in it. Champagne Red Dot Glowies did it all today in size 14. Fluro may help as well.

Enjoy your weekend and be safe on the roads.

Regards Shane