How best to describe the recent Club Trip to Rotorua and Ngongotaha. WET! Sometimes the forecasters predict atrocious weather and it turns out beautiful, as happened on the February Ngongotaha Trip, but sometimes they are 100% correct. We got smashed down there with almost constant rain while Auckland had a beautiful sunny weekend.
(Pic above - Andrew's Rainbow that he had caught 10 minutes earlier but had broken him off on a log, Only to catch it again and get his flies back! ) This resulted in flooded rivers and some hard fishing on the Friday – Saturday – Sunday. Thursday was the saving grace for those of us lucky enough to get away early as despite the rain the river stayed clear the whole day, allowing us to land good numbers of Trout.
(Pic above - Fikrit's 2nd Brownie fully coloured up) Most of the fish had been in the river a while and were quite coloured up and thinking about spawning.
(Pic above - Laurie with his Bovine Excrement Removal Tool – due to the large about of BS being spread. Of which it should be noted, he was a prime perpetrator) Well, these things happen and all you can do is make the most of it. Perserverance, eventually paid off for most, with some heading to distant Lakes like Okataina and others choosing to hunker down with a good book by the fire and wait for the river to become fishable again.
(Piv above - Fikrit's fat, prime Rainbow from the Ohau Channel) Despite the weather a lot of fun was had and many thanks to everyone for making it an enjoyable Trip. Good people, good laughs, and good fun. ~ Duncan.
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