Hi Guys, I had a day to play with my new Butterstick 8ft #5 on some small streams in the Coromandel Ranges on the way to Whitianga for a days Kingfish fishing.
I started out on a small stream that to be honest I do not even know if it contains any trout. It was however a a lovely spot and I gave it a couple of hours for no result and no fish seen!
So I moved on to the Tairua River
A lovely spot that holds a few small trout
and managed to hook a couple of Rainbows on a small parachute Adams, here is the best one.
As you can se he is not huge, but while I was releasing him, I was kneeling down, facing the bank and there was a large splash, right between my knees, a large long fin eel had swum between my legs to try to get a feed of trout! It gave me quite a fright I can tell you!
I managed to persuade the eel to depart, by giving it a tap on the snout, before releasing the trout.
All in all a good days fly fishing and the new rod was a pleasure to fish with, very light in the hand, handled the breezy conditions well and was very soft in the tip once hooked up.
The next day we fished for Kingfish, but not on fly, here's on I kept for the smoker:
All the best.
a large long fin eel
Lovely looking river! I've not fished the Tairua, but the photos sure make me want to change that. How was it to find access points and parking?
That's a great looking Kingie too! Bet it put up quite the fight. Getting that on a parachute adams would be a challenge. ;)
Thanks guys, jeff the access is very easy, a little bit of gravel road is the biggest problem and it is no problem at all! There is a doc camp ground about 2 miles downstream from that pool so you can even stay the night if you want. I access the stream from the end of puketui road. Turn left into puketui road of the Tapu to Tairua road, drive to the very end of the road, park and follow the small stream down to the river or follow the doc track and keep an eye out for a spot to scramble down to the river.
All the best.
Thanks Mike. Have recorded that information.