Reel Life - The Angler's Newsletter from Fish and Game New Zealand

Reel Life - December 2016

Monthly feature imageCounting down now…and not just to Christmas, but to some great trout fishing that's starting to fire up.

The freshwater season has been a bit variable in some regions with the wet spring we've had, but as summer beds in, conditions are improving.

In the South Island, It's a great time of year for salmon and trout in Canterbury. Some salmon have already been caught in the Rangitata River…

The Waimakariri River has offered some good trout fishing in the lower reaches. One weighed 4.5kg (10 pounds), and some others were getting close to this.

Some big fish are being caught in the McKenzie basin canals; a holidaying staff member just caught an 8kg (18 pound!) lunker.

With all the insects that are now hatching and the first cicadas abuzz, fish are rising…and there are now more dry fly opportunities in both islands.

Fish & Game has received an unexpected and welcome Christmas present in the run up to the big day.

Warren Kelly, one of the founders of Walrus New Zealand, manufacturers of waders, among other things, has gifted some sets of brand new waders as he prepares to retire north of Auckland.

Many thanks and Merry Christmas Warren – they will be well used.

Make the most of your summer holiday break and may your lines be tight!

P.S. - This month's cover pic shows Siobhan (9) and sister Jordyn (6) at Lake Opuha with a lovely brown.

P.P.S - If you think you've got a freshwater fishing image worthy of featuring on our 'cover', email it to Richard Cosgrove for consideration.

This Month's Regional News Click on the region to read.

Auckland / Waikato
Hawke's Bay

Nelson / Marlborough
North Canterbury

West Coast
Central South Island

Fishing News

Help for salmon farm hit by burglars
Monthly feature image A salmon company and Fish & Game have joined forces and gone to the rescue of the South Westland Salmon Farm. Thousands of salmon were killed during a burglary at the Lake Paringa farm when machinery was tampered with. Salmon Smolt NZ provided 8000 fish and North Canterbury Fish & Game's Montrose hatchery gifted another 6000 to replace the fish that died. For details click here.

Stream clean-up
Monthly feature image Sixty-five tonnes of accumulated silt has been blasted out of a Christchurch stream in an effort to entice trout back to breed, and improve the habitat for other aquatic life.Recently North Canterbury Fish & Game staff spent two weeks co-ordinating the removal of sediment from the Wairarapa Stream in western Christchurch. More information here.

Clean river campaign gears up for summer push
Monthly feature image As many of us prepare to head off to favourite holidays spots and fishing places, an environment group is ramping up a lobbying campaign for more stringent "bottom line" rules around freshwater quality. The move follows yet another report showing that water quality in rivers that run through intensively-used land has worsened. Click here for details.

Tips for boaties - trolling and harling for trout
Monthly feature image The editor of Fishing News Grant Dixon shares some basic strategies that have served him well over the years and put plenty of fish through the smoker. Click here.

Meanwhile, Fish & Game staff are all set to run another 'how to' session on boat fishing for trout. The talk aims to provide anglers with key tips for understanding trout fishing from boats – to improve your catch rate! Our team will cover everything from trout habits and preferred habitats, to fishing methods and tackle and lure selection. It's on 8 January at 10am, at Stoney Point Reserve, Spenser Road, Lake Tarawera. More information:

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Creasy's Column - By Hugh Creasy

Shingle slides can be fun. There is a huge rush of adrenalin as gravity takes you down in a skidding rush, the noise of sliding gravel building as you go, and you hit the valley bottom on the run, with an eye over your shoulder for any boulders you may have dislodged in the landslide. It's the fast way down from the tops, and it's dangerous, as he discovered when he slid over a 2-metre vertical drop, invisible from the top, and his pack was impaled on a spike of ancient beech poking out of the gravel.

The sudden stop knocked the wind from his lungs and wrenched his shoulders, painfully. The following shower of shingle poured down his collar, adding to his discomfort. While adrenalin coursed through his veins, causing his hands to shake and his heart to flutter, he pondered his dilemma. He was suspended above a steep slope of fine shingle with the beech spike driven into his pack. If he managed to slip off the shoulder straps he would drop to the slope and slide to the bottom of the valley, about a 40-metre drop, but there would be little chance of re-climbing the slope to retrieve his pack that contained everything he needed for survival ... Continue reading here

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