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Jake ... a sad farewell.
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Good enough to eat.
We need some of the wet stuff.

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mike@tongarirofishingguide.co.nz

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Jake ... a sad farewell.
Tue 30th July, 2013


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I feel unbelievably sad writing this but I'm afraid I have to tell you of the unexpected loss of my best mate over the weekend. Jake was a well known character not only in Waikanae but also along the banks of the Tongariro and we'd had a lot of fun together. He'd been a trusted family member and my constant companion for over six years and I know I'm going to miss not having him around. Over the years I've owned a lot of dogs, I think Jake was number nine but he was the only dog I'd ever got really attached to ... that special one. When we came to New Zealand we'd had to leave our last collie ...
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Tongariro Update.
Sat 27th July, 2013


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A beautiful winter morning in Turangi, not a breath of wind and a light frost. Gail rang me from the " Rock Garden " at Whakapapa and it was packed with families making the most of the sunshine as the school holidays come to an end. All the Dads must have been with them because I only saw two other anglers during the couple of hours I was on the river. Some good solid jacks around this morning and I took several fish out of one 30ft stretch that gave me some right old scraps. I had to stand in the middle of the river to reach the lie and after hooking up then had to make the slippery wade back ...
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Good enough to eat.
Fri 26th July, 2013


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Unlike their salmon relatives steelhead trout continue to feed while they're in the rivers and streams, although I doubt they know what's good enough to eat and what's not when they first enter the river. Fish moving through the lower stretches or fish that haven't been in the river that long are generally easier to catch and if you drift anything that looks remotely edible past their noses, chances are they'll have a go at it. American anglers have a great name for these fresh run fish. They call them " chromers " which describes the beautiful bluey silver color they exhibit when they first l ...
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We need some of the wet stuff.
Thu 4th July, 2013


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Whenever I get to the Desert road on my " commute " North I'm always impressed with the rugged landscape laid out before me. It doesn't matter how many times I see them, the snow covered volcanoes of the Central Plateau are quite a sight. Looking at them glistening in the winter sunshine I can't help thinking how lucky I am to live in such a beautiful country. They also remind me that I'm less than an hour away from my destination and another few days fishing the Tongariro river. But this time it wasn't going to be just a fishing trip. I probably spend around a third of my life in Turangi and ...
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