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Northland Reel Life October 2018

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Fish & Game Northland staff are appealing to anglers to help with a national research project into the genetic makeup of rainbow and brown trout.

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Northland Reel Life September 2018

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Spring growth is flourishing and with that comes more insect life.

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Northland Reel Life August 2018

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Right: Crystal Prins enjoying whats on offer in the 'Sin Bin' on Lake Taharoa.

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Reel Life May 2018

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We’ve got a simple message as May rolls into June and the start of winter…there is still some terrific fishing out there!

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Northland Reel Life April 2018

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Winter’s just around the corner although the warm temperatures have still been persisting at the height of the day.

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Northland Reel Life March 2018

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Autumn tips for Northland

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Northland Reel Life February 2018

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Subtropical weather has caused flooding in several catchments, but thankfully we’ve escaped the full force of the ex-tropical cyclones that have hit New Zealand so far.

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Northland Reel Life January 2018

N 2 Karl Pereira 6lb Kai Iwi Lakes Rainbow Trout Downrigger

Why not try to take some time out and try some twilight freshwater fishing to give you a break away from the whirlwind of the New Year?

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Northland Reel Life December 2017

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Summer’s heating up early this year and water temperatures are already well on the rise.

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Northland Reel Life November 2017

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We’ve had a few pulses of rain but most river levels are back to normal levels.

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Northland Reel Life October 2017

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We hope everyone had a great Labour Weekend and school holidays.

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Northland Reel Life September 2017

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With the new fishing season underway, it’s the perfect time to buy a family licence and share the special experience that is freshwater fishing.

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Northland Reel Life August 2017

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Kalani Snooks (left) and Leo Banicevich (right) enjoying winter success on Kai Iwi Lakes.

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Northland Reel Life May 2017

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It’s that time of the year again when we hold our annual Kai Iwi Lakes trout fishing competition.

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Northland Reel Life April 2017

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Northland Report not available for April 2017

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Wellington Reel Life Mar 2017

A backcountry beauty for Peter de Boer

Okay, the weather has been crazy, and at least in some rivers that normally fire the fish have been fickle...

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Auckland / Waikato Reel Life Mar 2017

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An ambitious tagging program has been started on the Whanganui River by Fish & Game councillor Nigel Juby.

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Hawke's Bay Reel Life Mar 2017

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After another hot dry summer, it was refreshing to get some decent rain in early March to give the rivers a flush out and add some volume to their flows.

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Taranaki Reel Life Mar 2017

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With only one significant fresh in the last month, Taranaki ringplain streams and rivers have been very fishable – and there’s even been a nice period of settled weather to...

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Nelson Marlborough Reel Life Mar 2017

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Trout flying bright green streamers were released into the Riuwaka River during a day long operation in mid-March. 

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Otago Reel Life Mar 2017

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Calm conditions and clear water through March was welcomed by anglers.

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West Coast Reel Life Mar 2017

Dallas Dowdell with a Nice South Westland Salmon Caught Last Week

Conditions have certainly come right recently, with great fishing available.

Both opportunities for salmon and trout fishing have been excellent this month, as the weather has settled down and the river flows have stabilised.

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North Canterbury Reel Life Mar 2017

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Late March and early April often brings settled weather to the Canterbury region.

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Southland Reel Life Mar 2017

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Finally, in a clear patch of weather Southland staff were able to get out and undertake drift diving surveys as part of their annual trout monitoring program.

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Central South Island Reel Life Mar 2017

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April is the last month of the ‘summer’ fishing season.

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Northland Reel Life Mar 2017

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Autumn has arrived – with the mornings noticeably cooler and some heavy dews happening.

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Eastern Reel Life Mar 2017

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Autumn has rolled around quickly and seasonal changes are evident in the Eastern Fish & Game region.

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Southland Reel Life FEB 2017

In this month’s Reel Life article, field officer Cohen Stewart interviews retired fishing guide and honorary ranger Len Prentice to find out how the average angler can make their fishing...

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West Coast Reel Life FEB 2017

Over the past week and a half, weather conditions have improved significantly on the West Coast, with a period of excellent settled weather.

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North Canterbury Reel Life FEB 2017

High hopes for March fishing

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Nelson / Marlborough Reel Life FEB 2017

'exhilarating' cicada season in full swing

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Northland Reel Life Feb 2017

With warm temperatures and a “medium adverse event” declared in Northland, water levels have been getting very low.

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Taranaki Reel Life Feb 2017

At last...after a long period of westerly conditions bringing cool winds and lots of rain, we've finally enjoyed some settled summer weather in Taranaki, not a moment too soon!

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Hawke’s Bay Reel Life Feb 2017

With February air temperatures peaking at 33OC at the airport, it was nice to receive some decent rain in the middle of the month to give the rivers a good...

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Eastern Reel Life Feb 2017

Lake Rotoiti has been one of the top performers so far this summer, serving up some “solid” catches.

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Auckland / Waikato Reel Life Feb 2017

The weather has been less than ideal recently but the heat has brought out the cicadas – and the trout that feed on them.

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Southland Reel Life JAN 2017

As mentioned in previous Reel Life articles, there have been isolated increases in mouse populations in some parts of Southland.

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North Canterbury Reel Life Jan 2017

As I write this report, the East Coast rivers in Canterbury have peaked in flood, with flows higher than seen for some time.

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Northland Reel Life Jan 2017

We hope everyone has had a good summer break...or are still enjoying your holidays.

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Eastern Reel Life Jan 2017

Lake Rotorua’s shoreline fishery has been slow to get underway this summer due to cooler and windier than normal conditions.

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Otago Reel Life JAN 2017

It’s fair to say that the summer holiday period has been severely interrupted by some abysmal weather over the past month and leading up to the New Year.

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Central South Island Reel Life JAN 2017

It has been a fickle summer weather-wise, with welcome small but regular rainfall events occurring across the region.

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West Coast Reel Life Jan 2017

Large numbers of hunters turned out in the West Coast Region for Opening Weekend this year, both local hunters and many from other regions.

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Nelson/Marlborough Reel Life JAN 2017

The Taylor River fishery is in good shape after a 50 medium to large brown trout were released before Christmas.

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Wellington Reel Life Jan 2017

Spring and now 'summer' continue to be a real mixed bag when it comes to weather and fishing prospects.

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Taranaki Reel Life Jan 2017

Regular freshes, persistent westerly winds and even an early dump of snow have conspired to provide great conditions for the trout, but not so flash for the anglers.

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Hawke’s Bay Reel Life Jan 2017

December and early January have seen many of the rivers running low and clear as we progress through the hot summer months here in the Hawke’s Bay.

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Auckland / Waikato Reel Life Jan 2017

Fish & Game staff were recently on the Whakapapa and Whanganui Rivers monitoring water quality and witnessed some amazing hatches in the late evening, and heard cicada sounding off all day.

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