Today we got to experience one of the great opportunities for kids here in Taupo, the Kids Fishing Day at the National Trout Centre. We have some guests staying from overseas and the young boy wanted to try fly fishing. We were lucky enough to be able to get a booking at the Trout Centre, as these events are always booked out come fishing day.
Tube flies have been common place internationally for a long time, salmon flies in north America, pike flies in Europe, and salt water flies everywhere. We have been playing around with these ourselves a bit lately, and have been very disappointed at the lack of tube fly materials and equipment available locally. So we decided to change that.
Summer has been crazy as usual so far, fun family times, flat out in the shop and on the rivers, and trying to fit in as much time on the lake as possible. So many exciting things are happening and its hard to keep on top of things, but the top story I suppose is the continuing great fishing out on Lake Taupo. We have had so many families in over the school holiday period who are completely new to trout fishing, and I am pretty sure we have man
One thing all fisherman love to collect are lures. There are so many varieties available these days that its hard to keep up with all the latest releases. We have NZ’s largest selection of trout trolling and spinning lures from the old traditional Black and Gold Toby, to the very latest Spinsect from Black Magic.
Fishing continues to be excellent out on the Lake Taupo. Early morning harling has slowed down a bit now, with mostly smaller fish being caught, and many dropped fish due to them biting the tails of longer flies and not hooking up properly.
I finally got myself a proper fly tying table, somewhat of a life long dream. No more piles of feathers and dubbing shoved in the corner of the lounge, hooks spilling onto the carpet, always upsetting the rest of the family.
Lake Okataina is one of those very special lakes that can offer solitude, scenery and trophy fish all in one afternoon. I managed to get over there this week with good friend and avid fisherman Peter. It was Peter's first time on the lake, so the pressure was on for me to put us onto fish, especially as I had been bragging for weeks about how well I know the lake.
Each angler derives their own pleasures from fishing. For some it's the solitude of the river, a well derived brake from the pressures of life. For others it's the hunter-gather instinct, providing food for the family table or a special occasion. Many of us just love the shiny gear we get to collect and play with like little boys with new toys.