Friday, 4 August 2017


Fine and sunny with another huge frost to start the day.  It was -3.7 degrees celcius outside when I opened the curtains to a rather white landscape.  There is no wind today.  The Tongariro is clear and fishable.

There is still some great fishing to be had by anglers both on the nymph and wetline.  The wetliners seem to be picking up some really nice strong solid fish at present.

The forecast for the weekend looks good, so suggest you get away from work early this afternoon ;-)  

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(Above & Below)  I received these photos and email this morning thanks to Michael from yesterday evening. 

Hi Jared, what a cracker day weather wise, fishing was a bit slow in the afternoon but on dusk what a bite ! 5 fish in the last light of the day, all good solid hookups with backing seen on all of them . Here is a hen a bit worse for wear, all her fins and tail chewed off, is it a hatchery fish that does not know how to socialise at spawning time ?

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 (Above) I enjoy walking around the river and checking out the sights along the tracks. This was a nice luscious green fern that had a nest of pine needles in the centre of it.

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 (Above & Below) One day the river may flow here and cut off the Boulder Reach.  This is the channel you cross to get down to the Boulder Reach.  Each time the river floods this seems to get more scoured out.  It starts just below the Cliff Pool.  These photos show the massive root system of a pine tree.  It kind of reminds me of an octopus. At the end of the day wilding pines appear to be enemy #1 but they do hold the soil together with their massive root systems.

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