Archive for tag: fly fishing

Lake Taupo was the venue for the weekend. The roads around the lake were rammed with fit cyclists trying to complete their ‘Round Taupo’ challenge, so it was decided we’d hit the lake. This did have the added advantage of the girls being able to join us and meant that we could drop lines and then kick back chat and put away some scrambled eggs cooked up freshly on the boat. We (Celina and I) ...

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The Mangatainoka River, it’d delivered the goods for us plenty of times before and this time it didn’t disappoint either. Plenty of fish on the nymph and a bit of late May dry fly action that put me on the end of a couple of bullets.   First brown of the day, 2lb’er   The day started off with a change to the normal spot where we kick the day off. The local council had been in with some ...

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A weekend back on the Tongariro after 4 months away in London, there was plenty of anticipation and excitement amongst the lads before hitting the river. So much so, that I’d planned on a quick Friday night flick in one of the town pools, after arriving at the Koura St carpark I got out, kitted up, rod in hand and was walking off to the river when I remembered I was meant to pick up ...

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Taking a trip back to the Motherland NZ in December 2011, January 2012. Some time chilling in the Hawkes Bay, family fun in Wanganui, time with mates at Lake Waikaremoana and a couple of pics of our big engagement!

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After a pretty relaxed day on Friday with Celina on both the lake and the river, it was time to do a few longer stints with the lads. Maggot, Podge and Weasel had all travelled through to Pukawa for the weekend for a bit of fishing, swimming and drinking. The girls were all occupied with walks and coffee so we had a clear day on Saturday – after picking up licenses we were on the ...

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11th March; 25 degrees, fine After a relaxed morning fishing with Brett, I told Cel it was time for a bit of real fishing on the Tongariro. Conditions were perfect – sun with no wind, easy to learn to cast and get the feeling of the fly rod. We hit the braids into a spot I’d been a week ago, knowing fish were always there and it’s a good spot to learn to cast – not ...

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Friday 11th March; SW winds 18 degrees Not a bad sight to wake up to After a evening of talking all things fishing with Brett Cameron (www.cpf.net.nz), he’d decided the best option for taking Celina fishing was to get out onto the boat and try and bring in a few lake fish. His opinion of the rivers were that they were hard going at the moment and it would likely just turn into casting practice. So 7:30am ...

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Wednesday 9th March; 24 degrees light winds The lads ready for action on the river Flinn launching a cast Time to hit the Rangitikei for a few hours in the afternoon, this time with nephew Flinn and his spinning rod. We headed up to ‘the spot’, just south of Mangaweka.  The last few times (last year) that I’d been to this piece of water, it wasn’t fishing as good as it had – this was due to movements ...

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Thursday 3rd March; 22 degrees – Calm The windswept days fishing on Wednesday had taken its toll on me – absolutely knackered and feeling under the weather. So it was to be a quiet Thursday, unfortunately the weather had decided that it would be a calm day too – in complete contrast to the previous day. So while sitting in the sun on the deck, I rigged up my rod with a new tapered leader and ...

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Wednesday 2nd March; 27 degrees – Strong NW The day did not start promising…standing on the balcony of the apartment, looking out over the East Coast, a gale of a wind was blowing in. It certainly wasn’t the idyllic day I’d pictured for my first day on the river in a long time, but of course it wasn’t going to deter me – I’d have happily fished a flooded river at this stage! So I took ...

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