Angling Report: Jan 2004
Lake Brunner Fly Fishing Report
January 2004 overall was hot and sunny with low clear river
conditions and December's high water tempertures continued
unabated. Dry fly fishing action was marred by the lack of
cicada activity in our region. The past 2 years have delivered
awesome cicada action, but this summer must have been a lull
between hatch cycles - these vary from annual, 3 yearly
to as long as 17 years...
Jan 11th - 17th 2004: Fred Sutler returned on his
third visit in 14 months. His parting words to his wife were
that he'd probably catch 60 fish for the week, but in fact he
actually landed 61... Weather was wonderful through the
period, with hot sunny days and low water levels. High water
temperatures made for some challenges, with local lakes at 22C
and even the Grey was 20.4C at Ahaura. However, we did get one
dull day and fish responded to it by giving Fred the day of a
lifetime, and putting him into first place for the most fish
landed with us in one day - a total of 17, all caught throwing
streamers along the lake margins.
|Fred with a 4.5lb brown trout caught a
point blank range in a narrow channel.
||Another trout poses with Fred on a bright
West Coast day on Lake Brunner.
Jan 11th - 17th 2004: David Jaquith, here on his
first trip to New zealand, was expecting to find the fishing
challenging. Instead, on the 22nd Jan, the fish broke all the
usual rules and fed with reckless abandon. On several
occasions a marginal cast was rewarded with the fish hearing
the #16 bead-head nymph land and chasing it aggressively
downstream! The record of 17 fish set the week before by Fred
Sutler (above) was broken by David on 22nd as he landed 21
fish for the day!
||afternoon breeze from 5
Angling Report: Jan 2004 Lake
Brunner Fly Fishing Report