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Fish on rock 4 mice-528

November 26th 2014
Well, it's been a very interesting start to the 2014 season. Very few days fishing so far since October 1st and the season opened.
We have had lots of rain and wind, making for a patchy and challenging choices of fishable back country rivers. Most rivers have been dirty or discoloured and each time they are almost fishable we get another front of more weather that causes discoloured rivers and poor visibility! Bearing in mind most of our fishing is sight fishing this has made it tough!

The weather should settle now as we roll into summer... Good news for visiting anglers is that the fish have had little to no pressure to date... So once the rivers settle down the fishing will be great!
It's a mouse year in many parts of Canterbury. This is a a HUGE event.  
It only happens every 4-7 years, and is tied in to the Native Beech forests masting/seeding.
This means there are billions of beech seeds littering the forest floor... That means plenty of tucker for the mice and rats...
The seeds ferment in the bellies of our rodent friends, and they get drunk and when falling into or crossing water become a simple fast huge Calorie boosting food for the trout!
Our trout get fat fast... SUPERSIZE ME!
As you will see above and in the gallery, fish at would usually be 5-6 pounds are 9-10 pounds!
It's a trophy year... Be sure to get here as the mice probably won't be back for another 4-7 years.

For your interest, you don't need to fish a mouse pattern or fly... The usual nymph or dry does the job just fine!
If you do want to try a mouse pattern, your best shot is first or last light... Fish the edges with your mouse pattern and be ready to hold on!
Tight lines
Deano 2014

Dean with big trout

December 18th 2012.
The 2012/2013  season is well and truly rolling!! There is good fishing around the South Island systems... and the fish are in great condition on the whole.
We have had two guests stay in the loft, (our apartment accomodation here on our 16 acre property)  so the home river has only  been fished twice this season... (yes, only twice!... possibly one of the least pressured bits of river or stream anywhere around here!)
Remember we are the perfect place to start or finish your adventure here in NZ.. with airport pick ups and drop offs offered (subject to friendly flight times.. if its 3am, then sorry... its a taxi!) and a pointer or three on our local fisheries over a beer or coffee as time permits.

I had a day on a High country lake last week fishing for myself. (with  2 year old and 4 year old sons, this doesn't happen too often these days!) and got broken off by two huge fish.. one of around 8 pounds that was like a torpedo, and one of 14-16 pounds that was fatter than me!..I had it on for a good minute... it cleared the water twice before snapping me off as if I were nothing... on 8 pound tippet, I have to say I was surprised, and excited by the vigor, size and strength of both of these fish.......... if you like stalking wild lake fish... these two (and a few more that I didn't hook) are still there!

I only have 30 days guiding still available this year... but if I cant help out in person, I am happy to answer any questions, and give you any pointers that I can.
Drop me an email, and lets see how you can maximise your NZ South Island fishing trip.
Tight lines
Deano  2012


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