The Aussies invasion outnumber the rest together but TRM are not complaining.
Images are from their Tongariro fishing guide Richard (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Ph. 021 081 89705) who tuned them up again (he knows them from last year) to adapt to local conditions. i.e. It takes them about three days to relax and stop looking for snakes.
TRM cannot be more pleased as they are excellent inmates with a delightful dry Aussie sense of humour (just don’t mention the rugby or cricket).
They are all keen fishos who enjoy everything the Tongariro and Turangi has on offer.
A major reason we enjoy their visits is they constantly remind us what a precious resource we have here.
In 2017 we provided lots of variety to make it more memorable for fishy tourists.
We threw in an earthquake as well as heaps of rain plus a minor flood to colour up the river – 2017 images on left below – to make it more challenging. They relished those elements.
For 2018 we mixed it up more by providing low river flow with clear conditions so they could “sight fish” to spooky trout that would not cooperate or look at anything offered – they were too busy looking at each other.
Then to make it more interesting, factor in the worst crappy casting conditions from the unrelenting horrible “wind” gusts sent over on the prevailing winds from Melbourne..
A very helpful characteristic with these considerate guests is that manager SWMBO (She Who Must Be Obeyed is still managing everything in sight) can even remember their names as they are all called “mate”.
There is nowhere else they would find a SWMBO either.
Their only genuine complaint was being delayed at Auckland Airport for over 2 hours while their fishing gear was being thoroughly checked (for snakes?).
Other Australian tourist anglers have also bitterly complained about the unnecessary long delays and the officious attitude at Auckland airport with this issue so we might not have heard the end of this…
Compared to Kiwis who take it for granted, they really appreciate the Tongariro River environment and all the other smaller tributaries to provide some alternative options and test their casting skills on windy days.
This team of “mates” in the photos above on right are back on their annual pilgrimage organised by Russ Johnson from the Mornington Peninsula Fly Fishing Club near Melbourne.
Below is a brief video of what they thought of the fishing opportunities offered here in 2017. After all the windy days that restricted their plans this year we daren’t ask them again.