Thank you to everyone for their contribution to the “Tongariro Fishos” stories. A wonderful response. You might recognise many of the contributors in the above “TRM Hall of Fame”…. We have already been asked when TRM will ‘post’ them. As I have been granted a whole week of annual leave from 18 to 29 February to go on the Great NZ Trek somewhere down in the South Island beyond cell phone reach, SWMBO decided that would be the ideal time to run them so She can just post one each day. We have enough for a month of Daily Reports but still need more. I promise you will find them most entertaining.
Just in case you might have missed TRM’s invitation, the general prescription was as follows:
TRM Holiday Project:
For 2016 TRM will post a series titled “Tongariro Fishos” .
Most featured ‘fishos’ will naturally be TRM inmates whilst others may just appear. Many are now living the good life – having converted their passion into a vocation or retirement lifestyle. Some may even have real day jobs too, but their minds and hearts are on the Tongariro.
They achieve their BOF (*) status as they have solved the riddle of achieving the good life in their quest for job satisfaction and happiness above all else – in fly fishing. Tongariro fly fishing characters are fascinating people. Many have returned year after year. This series should identify why. So this is your invitation to participate. ‘Anonymous’ participation is OK.
TRM have asked everyone the same line of questions – they are not compulsory – as a guide only:
1 Name, brief background, where do you live. age, etc.?
2 When and where did you start fishing the Tongariro?
3 What was your reason to start and keep returning to the Tongariro?
4 Which is your favourite pool? Why?
5 Your most forgettable and/or unforgettable Tongariro incident?
6 Your best Tongariro achievement?
7 What do you like most about the Tongariro?
8 Which is your favourite fishing style – dry? nymph? streamer?
9 Your favourite Tongariro fly fishing trip?
10 Anything else would you like to add? Please include photos…
(* Boring Old Farts)
More landscape panorama photos below by Brian Gray taken from the top of Mt. Pihanga.