Once you have been tying flies for a while you soon realise that keeping your gear organised is vital. We end up with so many tools and materials thats it’s hard to keep track of everything. One great piece of equipment that really helps is a fly tying bench. Gary has been making these great little mobile benches for a couple of years now, supplying many of the tiers in the Taupo Fishing Club. Gary has added little improvements along the way
About 12 months ago I found myself nymphing the Tongariro River along side Jack Kos and a pile of other fisherman from around the country. Now, I have no illusions about being a great caster, but I can get the line out there, catch fish when I need to and I usually hold my own. Most of the effort I put in to improving my fishing is in the area of fly tying, exploring new water and just spending as much time on the river as possible.
Winter is truly here, frosts are getting more regular and the heater is on in the shop. While we have had some solid little runs of fresh fish already, as soon as we get some more rain the rivers will really fire. High river levels with a bit of colour in the water provide ideal conditions for Spey casting.
Joining your local fishing club is a great way to meet fellow anglers and get more involved in our wounderful pastime. If you are in the Taupo area then your local club is the Taupo Fishing Club. The club rooms are open every Friday night from 5:30pm for drinks. This winter the club has various events and activities to enrich your fishing experience.
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