I suppose it was inevitable… Following the report on the “Lazy Bugger” yesterday TRM received orders for more lucky hats – just when we have run out.. New supplies have been ordered.
That illustrates how desperate some anglers are – those unfortunate souls who have never stayed at TRM – not so much to improve their catch rates, but to try to become internationally famous celebrities.
I tried to warn them though. If they are wearing a lucky TRM hat and changing flies near the river bank it is prudent to hide behind a tree to avoid being attacked by fish – not just trout but even tiger fish – see below.
Prospective buyers also need to note it is absolutely illegal and immoral to wear these hats backwards. Otherwise SWMBO will confiscate them. The LARGE inscription on the back is “HOME OF THE WOOLLY BUGGER”. Wearing it backwards would be clear confirmation the wearer is a woolly bugger and not an angler. OK?
Unlike some other hats they can be worn indoors quite safely. Particularly in tackle shops and bars. Just thought you should know.
The images illustrate why they are so sought after all over the world – at top is Ross Faulkner, using his lucky hat to attract a tiger fish somewhere in deepest Africa, next is Kevin Neil’s skipper trying to improve his luck on a Zambesi River fishing trip, to another old fool trying to use his hat’s influence to get a job interview in a laundry in London, to John Murphy below – cleverly using it as a lure to attract young good looking Americans to enroll at a college which is passionate and sympathetic to trout fishing students. Convinced?
Meanwhile – Lake O improvements…
GOOD NEWS from DoC facebook:
Lake Otamangakau – Anglers have experienced an exceptional season with good numbers of large excellent conditioned fish reported, including double figure browns and rainbows.
Following the closure of forestry roads, the Fishery Management Team have been working with stakeholders to progress solutions.
Phase 1 has been completed. This involved the installation of a toilet which has been set back in the bush beside the main boat ramp. The aim was to reduce the environmental impact of the structure – which has been successful. Signage will be added shortly to reinforce the availability of the new facility.
Final planning for Phase 2 is underway. This will involve cutting new tracks around the lake, increasing access for shore based anglers. The first track will head east from the car park, towards the entry canal. A second track will start at the dam and give shore access to the northern arm, which was limited following the road closure. These will be walking tracks not accessible by car and will be ready in time for the start of the new season.
(All anglers will be so pleased – thank you DoC. When Phase 2 is completed the car park will need expanding.)
More images of Lake O – enjoy short clips from TRM’s video library: