Fine and sunny start to the day here in Turangi today. 5 degrees celcius this morning outside when I opened the curtains !! A big drop in temperatures from about 2 weeks ago when we were getting 28 !!
No wind as of 9:00am.
I went out for an evening / night fish with my mate Kjell last night. We usually start off nymphing wating for it to get dark. I hooked two good rainbows, landing one. Then I hooked and landed a big brown which I was quite surprised at … meanwhile Kjell was just going through casting practice and washing his flies 😉
There appeared to be a bit of an evening rise last night with Caddis hatching. While I was releasing the brown I has Caddis adults crawling all over my hands. There were some good rises that I saw, not many but enough that it would have been worthwhile to swing a Caddis … I couldn’t be bothered to change over from the nymphing set up !
We then changed to the wetline as it got a little darker …… well, Kjell just ended up washing his flies again and doing more casting practice …. poor chap wasn’t having a good night ….. I landed four rainbows and he still hadn’t had a tickle on his fly. The funny thing is I kept catching rainbows. For all the years we have been doing this, I found this strange …. not one brown trout. We swapped places after sitting down for a hot coffee. Next thing I was into two more rainbows where he had been fishing and he still had caught nothing. Then … I ended up catching nothing and he FINALLY caught a fish … which happened to be Mr Brown. The one we were trying to target !!! I was pleased he caught one. He says he must be crazy as he has travelled to New Zealand 32 times ( a total of 32 years , I’ve been fishing with him for about 17 years now ). What person would travel from Sweden to NZ 32 years !! I think he is very keen …..
Night fishing is great on the river and few people do it. It is really easy but walking around the rocks is pretty tricky … makes it feel like you are permanently drunk !!
(Above) The rainbow I landed nymphing. This one took a small black bead Hare and Copper nymph.
(Below) This was a FAT brown trout I landed nymphing before we started wetlining.
(Below) The first rainbow landed on the wetline last night.
(Below) I landed this rainbow and unfortunately noticed it was bleeding. It took the fly down deep. I had to dispatch this one as it wouldn’t have survived releasing. All of the other fish we released.
(Above & Below) The good sized brown trout that Kjell Finally managed to land. We gave up last night as it got too cold ! Our hands were freezing.
(Below) releasing Kjell’s brown trout.