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New Zealand 3

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Hokitika,New Zealand and it's surrounding streams were a last shot at trout.Even with the rain and wind I hoped for a sheltered spot that might hold a fish or two.Talking with the owner of another fishing tackle/hardware store provided a possible location. A tail-race that he indicated had produced some good fishing the week prior. Since it was on the way back to the east coast I figured it was worth a look. After driving about a mile off the main road a tannin stained creek came into view. Maybe just maybe my luck was about to change for the better. The outflow was about 12 feet wide and at least 8 ft. deep.The stream bank was wide enough to walk along and even at my age it was no big deal to get down the bank and get fishing.
I had tied on a Hares Ear nymph and weighted the leader with a couple of split shot. Cast and mend and fight the wind.It wasn't tough to get a reasonable cast ,but the wind blew my upstream mends downstream with every cast. About 20 yards or so downstream I had a take that felt like electricity. I have no idea what happened for when I struck the fish all I got was slack line. Ok,at least I knew that there were fish here.So for the next couple of hours I flogged that creek with an assortment of flies with no takers. It got to the point of having to stop to have the time to drive the 5 hours back to Kaikoura.
We all plan trips and hope the weather will be in our favor.Just as the Jam had high water some fish able streams could be found.Traveling 8300 miles to experience the same kind of conditions was a bummer.Still the beauty of the country made up a lot of the disappointment of of no fish.

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Posted on: 2011/12/12 15:28
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Re: New Zealand 3

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12 ft wide and 8 ft and heavy wind screams for streamers and sinking lines imo. do they frown upon that there?

Posted on: 2011/12/13 0:33


Re: New Zealand 3

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No,and that was what I used.Sink tip actually.

Posted on: 2011/12/13 9:21
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Did you try any smaller streams? Maybe they would have fished better.

Tight lines

Posted on: 2011/12/13 15:34


Re: New Zealand 3

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I was just going through some old photos of the year I spent in NZ and found this one from the Milford Track: http://www.flickr.com/photos/timfarley/4163728471/in/photostream/

REALLY wish I was into FFing when I was there!

Posted on: 2011/12/17 22:10


Re: New Zealand 3

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Nice pics you got there Tim. I flipped through many on your Flickr page and now I need to show them to my newly addicted photographer wife. We just talked (well I talked) about New Zealand just yesterday and I think she would really enjoy it. I just need to find a someone to keep her company while I go fish lol.

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Re: New Zealand 3

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Yeah, it is a breathtakingly gorgeous place. Pretty much impossible to take a bad photo. I wouldn't even think twice about planning another trip there - it is my favorite place in the world.

She'll find something to do while you fish :)

- Tim

Posted on: 2011/12/19 14:35


Re: New Zealand 3

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Random shots from New Zealand.

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Posted on: 2011/12/20 13:11
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