Far too many comments to repeat (with some censored by SWMBO) but below is typical:
Hi Ross, Interesting article on guides. A little while ago I had the same experience of a bloke charging thru my patch and when I nicely told him and his reply was that he was a professional guide and my reply was that I didn’t know Girl Guides were pro’s and then I started to run, Cheers T.
Love your work Ross,
Absolutely you should name and shame .I bet I know who it was, hired him once, never again, rude and unprofessional was the least of it… MT
Another reader asked for more info on the alternative option – where we suggested was even better. We counted somewhere between 25-30 actively feeding on the surface in the shallow run – photo on right. Those dark shadows are trout… But you need to stay at TRM to get directions.
The ‘displaced’ inmate easily landed six on a dry – deer hair caddis.
So it is pleasing to see most Tongariro anglers still maintain a traditional sense of probity about their fishing. The fishing guide’s enthusiasm to favour his clients was unfortunate but SWMBO thinks he was only trying to make a living so TRM have not named him – this time… All it would do is incite a war of words.
The rules again – copied from Sporting Life website – are:
Never wade in above another angler who may be nymphing up-river.
Similarly never walk in below a wet liner working their way down river. Just ask first.
Courtesy costs nothing and makes such a difference to the enjoyment of your day.
Know your regulations – minimum length 40 cm., maximum take home 3 per day, fly fishing only…
Most times anglers don’t mind.
If one is nymphing and the other wetlining then you generally agree to cross over in the middle.
If someone is not moving, then ask them politely if it is ok to go around them to carry on.
Before yelling and screaming at someone, go up to them and have a quiet word to them to see if they know what they are doing as they may be new to the river and unaware what to do.
Imagine how you would feel if you were new to an area and someone was going off at you like a raving lunatic.
It would put you right off fishing.