SWMBO forgot to add this to yesterday’s Sunday Report…
….. letter dated 3 October from Peter Julian commenting on their recent visit – aimed at Australian tourist anglers contemplating a trip to the Tongariro. I hope the teams from Mornington Peninsula Fly Fishers Club and Bellarine Fly Fishing Assoc. read this in preparation for their visits in November.
We also completed a video from Peter which will feature as soon as the computer learns how… Peter is the author of “Fly Fishing for trout down under” and has published a string of articles in Freshwater Fishing and North East Angler as well as writing a column in Fly Life.
Dear Ross and Pip,
Thanks for your kind hospitality and welcome over the last week. As always, we had a great time exhausting ourselves fishing probably far too much. I am happy for you to post the interview as you see fit. I have attached some pics.
Also, here are some reasons why Aussies should come over to Turangi to fish the region and stay at the Tongariro River Motel.
1. The Tongariro is big, bold, cold, clear and like nothing in Australia.
2. The rainbows and big, strong and fit. You might even get line burn on your fingers as I did when a fished raced up the current with me trying to control it. Rainbows on steroids.
3. You will find out how good your knots are. And which brands of tippet are best.
4. The fishing in the Tongariro can accommodate a lot of anglers because the fish feel secure in so much water and move from the depths to the shallows often, even if there are some anglers around.
5. You will see more three pounders in a day than you will see in a season. And they are not even the bigguns.
6. You may well see your backing for the first time as a fish races down the river.
7. You can go to Turangi and fish in the dead of Winter and still catch plenty or extremely strong fish. Although it’s cold, the sun still seems to come out so you can smarten your sun tan even then.
8. The smaller rivers and wonderful. They are not small by Australian standards.
9. The duns hatch in the Tongariro during Spring and on dark the fish rise freely for them in the heads of the pools. Hold on when a fish takes your fly or a trailing nymph.
10. Dry fly fishing in the second half of spring and summer must be amazing, too.
11. The smaller rivers give your some confidence when you feel a bit beaten by the Tongariro.
12. There are three fly shops in Turangi – I like that. All the gear and flies are high quality, too.
13. Fishing across and down with a sinking line is fun and productive.
14. The Tongariro River Motel is about five minutes’ walk from the river, so you can pop down for a before breakfast fish while your mates are still snoring.
15. There are fly rod hooks above the dinner tables in the motel so you can fix your gear up after dinner ready for the next day and leave them safely.
16. Ross understands that fishers will bring wading boots and waders inside overnight to dry, so he supplies a mat for them.
17. The smoker in the motel is legendary. Don’t forget some crackers to go with the fish.
18. You will catch more large fish in a week than you probably will in a season.
19. There is a seat outside each unit of the motel to take off waders.
20. You can pop up to one of the nearby lakes (about 15 minutes) and fish for big or huge rainbows. You will probably catch a few, too.
21. The motel units are comfy and perfectly equipped for between 1 and 5 fishers. No nonsense and well cheaper than a week anywhere in Australia. A week in Turangi staying in the motel will cost you less than a week in Australia, airfares included.
22. Ross will lend you waders, boots and a rod if necessary.
23. Ross and Pip are very hospitable.
24. Turangi has a couple of good supermarkets and a pub for dinner – try the “pig and slaw”, not appetisingly named but good nevertheless!
25. You will leave already hatching plans about coming back.