The fishing continues to fire with some great action for myself and Sporting Life's newest employee, Tarn Mack-McEwen from New Plymouth. We are stoked to have him here as he is a fantastic angler and will be a valuable addition to the team!
We spent the day swinging with the two handers, with small buggers and wee wets doing the damage. It was about 80/20 mix of fresh fish to coloured, and quite a few really solid fish as well which was great to see. We have had some rain overnight and there is a bit more on the way so expect to see more of the same throughout the week - there is certainly still plenty of fresh fish making their way up the river so don't give up on the winter fishing just yet!
Best patterns yesterday were small green and orange bugger patterns and wee wets tied truck and trailer style behind a standard wooly bugger. The bigger fish fell to the smaller flies and as we get closer to summer the wee wets will start to really produce the goods. We have a large range of the wee wets available in store so if you don't have any or have never used wee wets before come instore and have a chat to the crew and we can get you sorted with the ins and outs of a very productive technique. The Guideline ULS heads in Float and Float/Hover/Intermediate are a fantastic way to present the wee wets from late afternoon through to dark with the F/H/I working well when the fish are taking emergers and then when they switch over to taking caddis and mayflies off the surface the floating head with a swung Sporting Caddis pattern is absolutely deadly. There are a few fish rising before dark now and it is only going to get better from here on out!