Thats right, the 2011/2012 fishing season is nearly over.
For most of us we either stop fishing and start tying flies for the next season, head to winter spawning rivers and lakes that remain open or battle it out in the lower reaches of our favourite rivers. I had realised I had been concentrating of salt water fly fishing this summer and hadn’t done enough trout fishing, so decided I needed to cram a bit of fishing in before the season closed.
Last weekend had me down at the local (Hutt River), after hooking into a beaut jack of around 4.5lb I was very quickly in trouble, he had run into the rocks under me and I could feel my leader on the rocks. Determined not to loose this fish I ventured into the river to try and pull him out, it got deeper, and deeper, and a bad decision had me in water up to my neck doggy paddling across a short deep part, while holding the rod above my head, still firmly attached to the trout. I landed him, but was rather wet and dejected, managing to drown a camera in the process, unfortunately no pictures for this reason.
This weekend, I had some time to kill on Sat morn, so thought Id have a quick look around some of the water that is due to close around Wellington.
It wasn’t long before I had spotted a fish feeding away, however he managed to disappear into the murky depths before I got a cast. A few pools further up I had another fish in my sights, swaying gently in the current and feeding well, I tied on a special fly that rarely fails me. A couple of casts to get the drift right and he swung over, the white flash of his mouth was the only indication I needed, I stuck hard before my indicator had a chance to move, fish on! After a rather slow but dogged fight I had a nice conditioned jack in the net.
A few more pools and another fish was spotted, same rig cast and this time I had the cast perfect first time. The fish swung, the mouth opened, the indicator dipped and I struck. I was met with brief but solid resistance before the fly came screaming past my face. The fish obviously disappeared into the heavy water not to be seen again. Unfortunately that was it for the morning, another 1 fish day, but 1 fish is better than no fish, and going fishing is better than not going fishing.
Only a couple of weeks left in the season, Ill be making the most of it.
April 16, 2012 | Categories: Trip Reports, Uncategorized | Tags: Alex Broad, Back country, Backcountry, Big Fish, Big Trout, boots, Brown, Brown Trout, Dry Fly, Fishing, Fly, Fly Fishing, Fly fishing gear, Fly Fishing New Zealand, Fly tying, guide, New Zealand, New Zealand Fly Fishing, New Zealand Fly Fishing Guide, Nymph, Rainbow, Rainbow Trout, River, Riverworks, Riverworks Lifestyle, Sight Fishing, Trophy, Trophy trout, Trout, vests, waders, Wellington | 2 Comments
With the end of 2011 drawing close its time to start looking ahead and revaluating the Riverworks product range for the 2012 – 2013 season.
The Tongariro wading jacket has served us well over the years. However, technology has changed and improved, new fabrics are available and styles and fashions are always evolving. The Tongariro jacket is not dead! We are looking to create a new jacket to add to the range for the 2012 – 2013 season and we need your input!
While we fish as much as we can here at Riverworks and we use the gear we preach and sell, we aren’t everyone. There’s nothing better than getting feedback and criticism from the people that are using our gear and making the purchasing decisions in the stores.
So here are a few questions to get the creative juices flowing in all your fish riddled brains:
What do you want in wading Jacket?
How can the Tongariro wading jacket be improved?
When do you wear a jacket, to stay warm? To stay dry? Both?
Do you wear a vest under or over your jacket? Or not at all when wearing a wading jacket?
What’s your style of fishing when wearing a wading jacket? Tongariro style? Rivermouth / rip? Back country? Multi day trips?
Do you see a market for a basic lightweight packable shell style jacket, tailored (short wading cut) for trout fishing?
How important is the length of a wading jacket? Should they be longer? Shorter?
What are the key features you look for in a wading jacket? Big pockets? Zingers? Fly patch? Water tight cuffs? Style?
What’s your colour preference? Does it really matter or influence your purchasing decision?
Is price an issue? Would you be prepared to spend more for a better jacket? Or is there a certain price point we should aim to hit?
Post a comment below with your suggestions, and hell, if you’re feeling artistic pinch the kids crayons and draw us a picture of your ideal jacket, email it through to me firstname.lastname@example.org and if you don’t mind Ill even throw it up on the blog.
I might get in trouble giving the bosses stock away, but why don’t I run a little competition. The 3 most creative designs sent in will receive a little something. If it’s a really shit hot design I might even be able to persuade Rob to give away one of the new jackets to the winner……………..
December 19, 2011 | Categories: Gear | Tags: Alex Broad, Andrew Hearne, Back country, Backcountry, Big Fish, Big Trout, boots, Brown, Brown Trout, Canterbury, Dry Fly, Fishing, Fly, Fly Fishing, Fly fishing gear, Fly Fishing New Zealand, Fly tying, guide, Jack Kos, Lake, Lucas Allen, New Zealand, New Zealand Fly Fishing, New Zealand Fly Fishing Guide, North Canterbury, Nymph, Rainbow, Rainbow Trout, River, Riverworks, Riverworks Lifestyle, Sight Fishing, South Island, Tongariro, Trophy, Trophy trout, Trout, Turangi, vests, waders, Wellington | 8 Comments
As promised, here is a bit of footage from our weekend.
Im pretty new to this whole video footage and editing thing, but it seems to have come together ok. The fish aren’t huge, but it was a good day out in the bush.
December 9, 2011 | Categories: Trip Reports | Tags: Alex Broad, Back country, Backcountry, Big Fish, Big Trout, boots, Brown, Brown Trout, Dry Fly, Fishing, Fly, Fly Fishing, Fly fishing gear, Fly Fishing New Zealand, Fly tying, Jack Kos, New Zealand, New Zealand Fly Fishing, New Zealand Fly Fishing Guide, Nymph, Rainbow, Rainbow Trout, River, Riverworks, Riverworks Lifestyle, Sight Fishing, South Island, Trophy, Trophy trout, Trout, vests, waders, Wellington | 2 Comments
Opening day 2011 was going to be a bit different this year.
Instead of my usual trip to the south island I decided to explore waters closer to home. After talking to a few mates we had a posse together and a spot to check out. We knew the river we had chosen held fish, but how many and what size was something we knew nothing about, further research revealed little insight.
Friday the 30th rolled around, the posse gathered at the supermarket, supplies obtained for 3 days, packs packed, and we were off. 5 hours later we arrived at our accommodation, blistered, bruised and to be honest absolutely buggered.
The extra kilos of amber gold we carried in was well worth the effort, something we rejoiced in upon our arrival.
We checked a few pools that evening, and found fish straight away, feeding hard and seemingly unaware of our presence. Again we rejoiced with cold brews, the river held fish, and good numbers too!
A good feed put on the billy and off to bed in anticipation of what the next day might bring.
Up early and another epic meal was quickly prepared by our camp chef, Lucas. Before long we were off, not far from our hut Lucas promptly hooked and landed the first fish of the season, unfortunately no grip and grin shot here as the fish seemed a little camera shy and released himself.
The next piece of decent holding water held 2 more fish, Aaron hooked and dropped one, Andrew hooked and landed his first fish of the season.
As the sun came up another fish was spotted feeding hard, Aaron was put on point and a good cast brought this fish up to his dry, the fish then went to town on us, he did eventually come to the net in a rather unorthodox manner, but we wont go there.
Lucas pulled another good fish out of a side braid,
And another from a nice pool,
By this time it was my turn, fish were spotted, I cast, fish spooked. This went on for a while, with a couple of hooked and lost fish in the mix. We almost swore that these fish had already been fished to, but the lack of human sign suggested otherwise, perhaps I just wasn’t on my “A” game, or the fish were just way to smart for me.
Mid arvo brought an interesting change in target species, while stalking quietly up a pool I heard Aarons rod drop, the bolt on his rifle being worked quickly, I looked up to see him racing across the river bed towards a small flat, he stopped, the rifle came up, BANG. Pigs of various sizes and colours erupted from the bush edge. The rifle was placed down and Aaron was racing around like a man possessed, finally a desperate dive had us in fits of laughter. His cheeky grin appeared above the scrub with his prize in a tight grip, a wee black piglet. The little bugger was trying desperately to free himself and Aarons fingers were quickly becoming worse for wear, so he was released for another day.
A short search in the bush and we found the first prize, a nice fat sow. The picture shows just how happy he was with this one. And before you ask, No it wasn’t the mum of the piglet, we saw mum running at full speed, she was much much larger!
Aaron and I caught up with Lucas and Andrew further upstream, a nice pool holding a few fish, Aaron and I spotted from the far bank, we called the cast, followed by the strike, Andrew quickly had the biggest fish of the day to the net.
The sun was setting, and we were a long way from the hut, so we bailed in double time, stopping to pick up our pork dinner. Arriving back at the hut we were greeted by what looked like an entire tramping club. You certainly get some funny looks carrying a pig and a fishing rod up to the hut.
Camp chef Lucas whipped up another culinary delight, quickly followed with some fine scotch. Off to bed to try get to sleep before the snorers cranked up. No luck there, we re payed the favor with some loud flatulence in the morning.
By this stage I was still skunked and getting rather upset about the issue, early morning Lucas and I went down stream to where we had spotted fish the first night, we had left these as a back up. These fish were in another world, chasing each other round the pool and just generally ignoring our flies, eventually we managed to spook the lot. It was here I cut my loses and decided I wasn’t going to get a fish this opening.
The walk out was much easier, our packs were substantially lighter and the rain that had just begun, kept us moving at a brisk pace. After copping a heck of a lot of flack about “loosing my touch” and “Using all my mojo up on the Hutt river” we arrived at the bush edge. One last ditch effort at a fish for opening. I spotted a fish in close and set up. He was moving around a lot and was hard to keep track of, he turned up at my feet, a short cast, a good take on the dry, some aggressive playing and a good net job by Aaron, I had a fish to the net finally. I don’t think I’ve ever been so happy about catching a little fish.
Finally 4 wet, tired and sore anglers arrived at burger king, we smashed back a good feed and nailed it back to welly for the league.
An epic trip with good mates in NZ’s back country is something you can’t beat. Already we have other trips planned for other areas of the forest park, and a very very different proposition for next years opening. But you’ll have to wait till next year to see what that is.
October 5, 2011 | Categories: Trip Reports | Tags: Alex Broad, Back country, Backcountry, Big Fish, Big Trout, boots, Brown, Brown Trout, Dry Fly, Fishing, Fly, Fly Fishing, Fly fishing gear, Fly Fishing New Zealand, Fly tying, New Zealand, New Zealand Fly Fishing, Nymph, River, Riverworks, Riverworks Lifestyle, Sight Fishing, Trophy, Trophy trout, Trout, Wellington | 2 Comments
I fished the upper pools quickly on Saturday morning with Dad. The river was very clear and had a fair number of Trout spawning. We found the going a little tough given the timeframe and conditions. This section of river is in great shape and with the current weather blasting the country will now be on fire for the next few days at least. I know where I’d rather be than working all week!
For those of you planning on hitting it we did well on small size 12 tangerine glowies with red dots. Small tungsten H/C or Caddis were also used with a .4 splitshot where needed. Also trialled a new fly but lost it to a snag before doing any damage! I’ll try adding a quick tying list later in the week for anyone wanting to make a prototype and give it a whirl.
Speaking of flies I’ll be making a few in the coming week. If anything of note turns out you’ll soon hear from me. Happy fishing, stay warm and drive safe.
August 16, 2011 | Categories: Fly Tying, Trip Reports | Tags: Back country, Big Trout, boots, Fishing, Fly, Fly Fishing, Fly fishing gear, Fly Fishing New Zealand, Fly tying, New Zealand, New Zealand Fly Fishing, Nymph, Rainbow, Rainbow Trout, River, Riverworks, Riverworks Lifestyle, Tongariro, Trout, Turangi, vests, waders | 3 Comments
Craig Somerville – Putting them through HELL! XRT wading boots getting a hammering and still going strong.
Riverworks XRT wading boots are living up to their reputation… A year in the life of the XRT wading boots coming to your screens 2012 in HD.
Craig Somerville – proud owner of Riverworks XRT wading boots
Alex and I have just been out for a quick flick in the harbour…
November 9, 2010 | Categories: Trip Reports | Tags: Alex Broad, boots, Brown Trout, Canterbury high country, Fly fishing gear, Fly Fishing New Zealand, Hunters Element, Riverworks, Riverworks Lifestyle, Robert Wilson, South Island, Trophy trout, vests, waders, Wellington, Wellington New Zealand | Leave a comment