NZ life - land of the kiwi.
Whats up everyone......
Well its been a week since i have left, and i have been blown away by this place. My site i work the background is MT. Teranaki, i have never seen nor touched snow till last tuesday, and now i see it everyday. New Zealand is a stunning place, and reminds me so much of the highlands of scotland which were a highlight of my european backpacking trip in 2011. From windd roads heading in to the ranges, to spectacular views of places i yet know the name of. I have attached some photos....
Now to the fishing Today, i went out fly fishing for raninbow and browns. Now being winter , the spawning season has started and the fish, start heading up rivers to spawn. Unforunately this can be a tricky time to fly fish, this is known as the down season here. Even though there a huge fish agregations, of sometimes 10, the fish arnt feeding.And you need to consistently target one fish, and consistantly frustrate the fish into hitting the fly.
I had a great day, it started off with fly casting lesson then we mooved down into one of the main streams of taupo where the fish agregations are. I have to admit i never reallly understood fly fishing but now i have well and truelly been taken away. I fished a 6 weight i think or maybe a four, and lost many of fish as the striking technique got me in trouble...But eventuelly i nailed my fist rainbow followed by another 2. We came across a montster brown, pushing 10 pounds, and worked it for roughly 30 mins with out sucess which sucked!!
So the day wa basically a turtorial into fly fishing, and next sunday we are leaving the aggregations to head into streams, where feeding fish will be, and most likely much largers ones. Apparently the higher you go, the bigger they generally get. also im doing a weekender where we get on dirt bikes, and head off into the remote wilderness to camp at a cottage and hit up some very remote locations.
The guide i have is a ultimate lad, hes lent his fly rod to me to practise casting with all week, and is going to eventuelly get me set up with gear i need to start fishing the teranaki run offs my self by the end of the month!
here are some photos of the day! great action shots were taken by the guide and im rapped with them!
The face shot of me is the pure disbelief in walking out into negative 2 tempretures and ice all over my car! never experienced that in my life. and it was one cold morning
Fly fishing has got me hooked, in away to be honest there is more skill, in fact alot more skill then luck...all about technique and hunting/stalking fish was amazing in the location i was doing it! I cant wait to get back amongst it on sunday!!
Till next time
a hard days fishing still beats work