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Angling Report: April 2002 Lake Brunner Fly Fishing Report

April is definitely autumn, with willows changing colours, and water temperatures dropping after the first snowfall in the last week of March. Fish abruptly vanish from lake margins, and favourite summer lies in rivers become deserted. However, local knowledge is a great thing, and even after spawning migrations commence there are still trout to be found in pools here and there....

Our guest for several days during the second week of April was Dr Akimitsu Kobayashi, from Japan. An experienced spin fisherman, he was eager to try fly fishing for the first time on his first trip to New Zealand. Day one was spent in teaching him some casting skills, and a very adept pupil he proved to be!!!

Angling report April 2002 Kingfisher Lodge fly fishing reports Lake Brunner
An early start in the autumn mist along the shore of Lake Brunner. And rewarded with his first fish caught on a fly rod!
Connected to a nice brown on the Crooked River, his second fish.... And a beauty, approx 2.5kgs, or 5lbs, on a #14 Flashback nymph

The third fish of the day was a monster! Aki was a very happy man, with this 3.5kg brown trout to his credit... he was still smiling hours after letting this fish go!

Akimitsu was a very good student, and mastered casting to a basic level very quickly, as these results prove. All in all, it was a very memorable 3 days, and we greatly enjoyed his company.

Angling report April 2002 Kingfisher Lodge fly fishing reports Lake Brunner

Hostess & chef Petchara Kemp, fishing guide Ben Kemp, and Dr Akimitsu Kobayashi. celebrate the day with a nice dinner.

30th April brings about the end of the fishing in our smaller rivers and streams, these close for the spawning runs. Lake Brunner, its outlet the Arnold River, and major portions of our larger rivers remain open for fishing throughout the winter period. 

Angling Report: April 2002 Lake Brunner Fly Fishing Report

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