Fishing Reports

Tuesday 31st August 2021

Highly Fishable

Dear customers,
the shop will open under Alert Level 3 on Wednesday Sep 1 for contactless ordering, payment and pickup ONLY. This means that all orders/purchases will have to be processed and paid PRIOR to pickup by the front door.

There are 4 ways to do this:

    1. Use the web-shop as per normal and use the “Local Pickup” function during checkout.
    2. Send us an email on
    3. Send us a message on our Facebook page with what you need and we’ll reply with payment details once the order has been processed.
    4. Call us on 07 386 8996 to order what you need. We will get the order ready and call you back with payment details.
    5. Please note that if you use Bank Transfer as payment option we will have to wait for the funds to clear at our end before we can release any goods. Also, unfortunately we cannot accept cash or EFTPOS payments in store, everything will have to be pre-paid.  

All that said – we will do our utmost to make your shopping experience as smooth and painless as practically possible. At least we’re fishing, right?

Wednesday is the first day of Spring for 2021 and it also sees us back in the shop ready to help keep all our customers geared up for what looks like being a cracking season ahead. Along with good numbers of fresh silver Rainbows that are still present through the Tongariro we are now seeing some of the evening risers making an appearance and today I got a report in of a fish taken on a dry fly. It is still very early days and September can be a fickle critter, it will be at least another month or so before we see any consistency. The Spring pollen fall has really kicked in and will explain the sneezing, wheezing and itchy eyes lately, the real giveaway is the veneer of yellow dust that coats everything and puts a scum line along the banks. It happens every year but some are worse than others.

Now that we are able to get back onto the rivers again lets also keep things safe for everyone by keeping our distance when with others, wearing a face mask where applicable and definitely not making dodgy river crossings, better still stay on the banks.

Before we were locked down a C&F flybox was lost in the town pools, if this was found give us a bell at the shop or email us 07 3868996

Connor hasn’t missed the chance to make the most of our fishing opportunity and has picked up some stunning Rainbows on the swing over the last couple of days.

Peter Smith sent us this photo today of a 4lb jack he pulled from the hydro today on his green machine Redington Vice 8wt.

The two Rainbows below were both victims of the Sage Trout SpeyHD rod and Trout Spey reel combo, this rig is so good it makes my casting look good.


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