West Island anglers – Wes Costin, David Davies, David Goodwin, Chris Bridge and Robert Palcak from Bellarine Fly Fishing club in Geelong.
Fishing report by a TRM inmate guided by Richard – Wes is here with four mates from his Bellarine fly fishing club:
‘Great morning on the river. It was very windy so Richard introduced me to wet lining, I’d never tried it before but after some advice from him I was getting the hang of it and we managed to get some cracking rainbows that fought really hard. I enjoyed it that much I asked Richard for a shopping list for wetlining, bought myself the line and the flies that he suggested and then went back to the river with the others from my fishing club and outscored them on the number of trout landed!’ (Wes, Geelong Australia).
Since then I went for a bike ride up river with John Newby from Sydney to show him some of TRM’s special little spots. We viewed so many trout from the usual ‘lookouts’ – above Duchess Pool, above Cicada, above Major Jones, above Admirals, etc. that it appears the spawning runs are now distributed evenly all over the river.
TRM is full of anglers making the most of the conditions and all have landed fresh run trout in the last few days although we have to admit that Kiwis anglers have been outnumbered by West Islanders for the last week or so.
Wayne Godkin was only away for about 30 minutes before returning with two fresh run Rainbows.
This was referred to in a recent article on TRM Facebook. Canadian angling ‘celebrity’ April Vokey makes a living online sharing her fly fishing adventures. You might not believe this but she has more followers on Instagram and Facebook than SWMBO!!! She says “New Zealand has arguably one of the best fisheries in the world. It’s shocking to me that a lot of Kiwis don’t realise that they’re sitting on something so precious and valuable”
Other anglers – such as Paddy Walsh from Taranaki with his fishing buddy Willy Young from Lower Hutt above on left – have returned with some surprisingly good BIG Rainbows over 5 pound.
Below are Lizzy & Chris Miller from Auckland casting into the persistent wind at the Breakfast Pool.