TRM needs flies tied.
Any local kids who may be already skilled or keen and prepared to learn need to apply to the Manager at TRM (- She is usually referred to in awe as SWMBO – She Who Must Be Obeyed). Do not be too concerned about Her lack of any fly tying knowledge as She is there more to assess applicants reading ability and enthusiasm for the ‘contract’. For many years last century SWMBO was a teacher so She will easily recognise any genuine applicants who want to learn. This means homework (!) to read and understand basic fly tying techniques from TRM’s library…above. There is also heaps of info on youtube which might be easier for kids to understand…
NOTE: TRM are not trying to compete with the tackle shops or trying to hack off the other back door on-line fly sales venues around Turangi. This is essentially a student “job creation scheme” for a lucky keen local Turangian who wants to make some $$$ before Christmas.
As an extra incentive to encourage a keen young angler, the successful ‘tenderer’ will win a new ‘still in the box’ fly fishing rod, reel etc. and a season licence to test his/her flies and the book – New Zealand’s Best Trout Flies by Peter Scott & Peter Chan.
TRM’s problem arises when anglers usually arrive well after closing time and they need some flies for fishing that night or the next morning – so we have a few basic patterns available – not trying to profit so much but just provide as an ‘after hours’ service.
No outlay is involved.
Some basic trout fishing knowledge is preferable, fly tying instruction books are available.
The kids have to be proficient enough for patterns to be robust and well tied to withstand the rough Tongariro conditions.
If there are any retired anglers who can help mentor the applicant(s?) then it would be very welcome.
TRM need to restock after winter as follows – this is a BIG contract…
Generally typical mixture of Tongariro winter patterns comprising following in various sizes:
30 x heavy h&c (15 x size 10, 15 x size 12),
20 x medium bead head hare & copper,
30 x weighted pheasant tails,
10 copper johns,
10 flash backs,
50 glo bugs,
30 woolly buggers (i.e. 15 olive, 10 black, 5 brown).
If you are curious or wondering about what is involved take a squiz at the video below…