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Trout Fisher

Trout Fisher

Issue 177 - Winter 2021
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Each quarterly issue of Trout Fisher is a mix of feature articles, fixtures and regional columns, all with a strong fly fishing orientation. First published in 1991, the last 15 years' publication are also available in PDF form through the publisher. Regular contributors: Andrew Harding, Damon Taylor, Garrett Evans, Garry Scrimgeour, James Fuller, Les Hill, Mel Hollis, Mick Hall, Mike Weddell, Nick Moody, Nick Taransky, Oliver Edwards, Oscar Boatfield, Peter Gould, Peter Storey, Simon Hoole, Stu Hastie, Tim Wood, Tony Orman, Tony Smith and Zane Mirfin. Photographers: Andrew Harding, David Lambroughton, Les Hill, Nick Reygaert, Stu Hastie and Zane Mirfin.

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in deze editie

5 min.
a case to switch

2020/2021 is already one of my most successful seasons. It's nearly normal now but the lack of control over my left leg basically forced me to concentrate on the lake and in the process, improved my open water skills beyond expectation. By Christmas, targeting the lake bed around in the 15-20 metre range, I'd already caught more fish than in the previous 3 years combined. The frankly amazing early action gradually slowed as the typical high Summer/early Autumn doldrums kicked in but by the time this issue has been published, the lake should be fishing consistently at all levels again and particularly, over the offshore reefs. There are plenty of fish over the local reef already but right now, late April, they're still fairly fickle and until this changes, deep…

4 min.
te arawa lakes catfish update

Bay of Plenty Regional Council are working with Te Arawa Lakes Trust and research agencies to manage the populations of Brown Bullhead Catfish, which were found in Lake Rotoiti in March 2016 and Lake Rotorua in December 2018. Since 2016 an intensive netting programme supported by volunteer netters have been used to contain the population within Lakes Rotoiti and Rotorua and minimise the risk of the fish spreading to other waterbodies. Catfish are a pest fish which prey on taonga species such as koura and decrease water quality by stirring sediment. Catfish are prolific breeders and to date, population modelling estimates at least 186,000 fish just in Lake Rotoiti. The species has been widespread throughout the northern North Island. Catfish are indiscriminate eaters and prey on most species, contributing to the…

6 min.
back to basics

First of all, when it comes to Brown Trout, I definitely wouldn’t call myself an expert. I’ve only caught two on a fly rod, both on the world famous Tongariro, and don’t even know if I should count the first, being about 1.5lb. However, after catching my second Brown Trout, I believe I’m now qualified to share some thoughts on the subject. This adventure is one of dozens I’ve had with my friends and family on the ‘Tong’. My family and I are mostly catch and release when it comes to Fly Fishing, however, when fishing the Tong we often keep the best trout of the day for eating. If you have been to the Tongariro yourself, you will have also seen the vast numbers of trout there. We are…

3 min.
a fish called leroy

It was my dad who first took us trout fishing when we were kids. Every May in the 1960’s, we drove up from Wellington in the old Hilman Humber to stay on the shores of Lake Taupo at the Waitahanui Lodge, by the river of the same name. We sometimes fished the famous ‘picket-fence’, the outlet of the river into the lake, where you could stand and cast for hours without much luck, alongside other hopefuls. Most of the time, however, we walked or drove upstream to various named pools (the Swirl Pool, the Pig Pool, Delatours, the Cliff Pool and so on) where the only method was to use a Red Setter fished down and across, followed by a slow retrieve. Our biggest fish of 8.5lbs was caught by dad…

9 min.
a christmas sojourn

The pool was a beauty. Golden yellow sand tapering in to a rocky runout. The top was a swirl of sparkling blue water that bent against a cliff, straightened and deepened to depths you couldn’t peer into. Midway down the pool, where you could start to see the bottom again, were the dark, wavering shapes of large trout. About 8 that could be seen. Just how many more lurked further up in the deep blue remained to be seen. There were 3 of us on a Christmas mission, exploring the water of the big river to find out if any fish had run on the Christmas Day flood. Unseasonal, but seemed likely. With several visiting Christmas relatives about and the bach full of family, all keen to grapple a fly…

8 min.
test that will

As I sat on the riverbank waiting for my time to start, calculating my devious plan to segment my beat into swingable chunks, I started thinking of the whole idea of competition. This was no National Champs competition by any means – but a humble annual fly club meet, set up with fun and safety as the main requisites but a healthy dose of competition for bragging rights and the glittering prize of the Rod and Gun trophy to sit on the mantle for a year. A lake segment for the first meet and then a river comp for the second. I personally had bombed the lake part this year but was keen hurl whatever flies I had at it to keep my name etched on the brass while exclusively…