Fishing Reports

Tuesday 19th February 2019

Highly Fishable

Morning Team.

Well it’s been a heck of a week for me but good to be back in the shop with the crew.

The Cook Islands were amazing, good fishing, good people and good times. I’ll pop a few photos and a bit of info up on the trip in the next couple of days once I’ve unpacked everything.

The Cicadas are still buzzing. I took a walk with Kana last night on the river trail through town and spotted some nice fish between the Islands Pool and the Major Jones Swing Bridge. The river is very low at 20 cumecs and makes spotting very easy but also means delicate presentations are needed to a lot of the feeding fish. The riffle water where the trout are grabbing some oxygen though can make for good fishing if you find yourself being a bit heavy handed laying your fly line out. If you can extend your leaders to the maximum you are comfortable casting to keep the Fly Line away from the fish as much as possible and don’t rush the strikes.

Black Cicadas in large sizes are still doing the job but it’s the time of the year to also look to the fly box for your small Lace Moth patterns.

There has been a lot of talk around the shop since I got back from anglers about the situation at Lake Otamangakau at the moment. She is very very low up there and it’s hot. A lot of the experienced anglers I know who head up that way for their summer fishing are convinced it needs to be closed early to preserve the fish welfare with a lot of fish being seen dead on the surface of late. It would be interesting to hear your thoughts on this as to whether you agree or disagree with this. email me at , the more peoples input the better. Much appreciated.

We have an awesome range of summer fishing products in store at the moment. Sun protection is paramount. I know this first hand from the hammering I get most days from the elements and from the feedback from the missus about how bad my gear smells when I get home after sweating it out for 10 hours on the water. Have 2 of everything I have learnt 🙂

It is great to have Neil back in the shop with us, we have a very experienced crew in store to help with your fly fishing needs so pop in and say g’day and get yourself geared up.

See you at Sporting Life Fishing Outfitters – Turangi.




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