Wednesday 20th September 2017


Fine and sunny.  I think there was a good frost this morning but not too sure as my eyes were still glued shut until the sun was well up ! No wind as of 9:00am.  The Tongariro is clear and fishable. 


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(Above) Looking upstream at the Island Pool bypass on another sunny day that has been few and far between !!

(Below) A few anglers giving it a nudge at the Major Jones Pool and the Breakfast Pool further upstream at about 9:30am this morning. Wouldn't you rather be here than in the office ?

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I received this email yesterday thanks to Murray Clearwater who picked up my reference to not having Polar Bears but having Brass Monkeys here in Turangi. Murray writes:

Morning guys

Had to giggle when I saw your comment on brass monkeys. But the question is do you know where that saying comes from???  

You might want to ask your followers on the website. 




Back in the pirate ship days cannon balls were stacked on a brass plate with low ridges called a ‘monkey’ until they were loaded into the cannons. In very cold weather the brass plate would contract causing the cannon balls to topple off on to the ships deck. Hence the phrase “cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey” 


Murray Clearwater


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