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Taranaki Reel Life October 2018

TRL1Oct18. Carlos Cardoso do Vale shows off his first Waingongoro River brown trout of the new season.

Settled weather has left rivers running low and clear - after heavy rain and rising rivers marred Opening Day for anglers on the Taranaki ringplain.

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Taranaki Reel Life September 2018

TRL2Sept19. Murray Dobbin watches on as grandson Wyatt plays a fish

Taranaki Fish & Game staff are tipping local trout streams to be in good condition when the new fishing season opens on Monday October 1.

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Taranaki Reel Life August 2018

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While the region has generally had lots of rain this winter, it’s been regular and not as major flood flows, so Taranaki fisheries should all be in very good condition...

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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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Taranaki Reel Life April 2018

TRL1April18. Curly McEwen admires a well conditioned wild rainbow from the Waingongoro River Photo Tarn Mack McEwen

A return to westerly weather patterns after one of the warmest summers on record has seen regular freshes and much cooler temperatures in local rivers and streams – particularly following...

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Taranaki Reel Life March 2018

TRL1 2 Mar18. Tarn Mack McEwen brings another fish to the net in the Waingongoro River photo Curly McEwen.

With just a month of the main season left, now’s the time to make those last visits to waters that will close at the end of April for trout spawning.

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Taranaki Reel Life February 2018

TRL2Feb18 Hawera angler Carlos Cardoso do Vale shows off his first brown trout of the season taken on a cicada 12 February 2018.

With late afternoon water temperatures in the lower reaches of streams reaching as high as 28.2C at the end of January, there was concern that widespread fish kills were about...

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Taranaki Reel Life January 2018

TRL1Jan18. Malakai Martin Capper proudly shows off a brown trout caught during a fresh in the lower Waiwhakiaho River photo Les Martin.

As we head for the hottest January since records began, local anglers are still having good success by fishing in the morning before the heat of the day kicks in,...

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Taranaki Reel Life December 2017

TRL2Dec18. Blake Bevins and proud dad admire the rainbow trout they caught at the recent Stratford kids fishing day.

The current spell of warm, muggy weather means that the lower reaches of Taranaki ringplain streams are reaching 23 – 250C in mid-late afternoon...

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Taranaki Reel Life November 2017

TRL1Dec17. Mike Bakker sent in this photo of a brilliantly coloured ringplain brown that took a surface film emerger

Since our last report the rain has stopped and river and stream flows are rapidly receding towards their summer levels.

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Taranaki Reel Life October 2017

T1RLOct18. Corrin Jansma with a nice rainbow trout he caught on opening day of the 2017 trout fishing season

Anglers who got out early on Opening Day before the rain set in were rewarded with surprisingly good river conditions and some nice trout.

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Taranaki Reel Life September 2017

T2RLSept19. An early season brown falls to a well presented nymph Photo Kyle Adams.

Taranaki Fish & Game is tipping local trout streams to be in good condition when the new fishing season opens on Sunday October 1, 2017.

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Taranaki Reel Life August 2017

T1RLAugust17. A winter season south Taranaki ringplain rainbow Michael Bakker

Regular freshes and floods have kept base flows high, but ring plain rivers and streams are clearing very quickly after rain, and the winter fishing reaches have been fishing well...

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Taranaki Reel Life May 2017

T1RLMay18. A 2.25kg Taranaki winter season brown. photo Gerard Karalus

Two recent snow falls have lowered water temperatures toward their usual winter levels and the change in conditions will be encouraging adult trout to pair up and begin moving towards...

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Taranaki Reel Life Apr 2017

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Well, the last two weeks of the main season have been very settled here in Taranaki, with cool nights and then warm sunny afternoons - perfect for fishing.

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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

TRL1April2017. A fine south Taranaki autumn rainbow photo Michael Bakker.

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

RLmar17CSI2 box ticked Rhys Adams returned to this river found while hunting

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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