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Angling Report: July 2002 Lake Brunner Fly Fishing Report

July 2002 was a pleasant month overall. Because June delivered rainfall of approx 440mm, it was certainly a relief to get some sunshine, and some mild frosts for a change!   

12 July 2002

Paul Donohue, Cambridge, UK dropped in for a couple of days to sample the cuisine, the duck shooting, and also wanted an introduction into the art of fly fishing. A complete novice, but a fast learner, and after a few minutes tuition it became obvious that there was a real chance he could catch a fish, if I could find him one...  My faith in his ability was justified, as was his in mine... and a very surprised Lake Bruner brown trout demonstrates his displeasure at being deceived by a #14 Flashback Pheasant Tail nymph! 

 

Angling report July 2002 Kingfisher Lodge fly fishing reports Lake Brunner West Coast New Zealand

Paul proudly holds up his very first fish ever on the fly rod. A typical Lake Brunner brown trout, of 1.3kgs (2.75lbs/23inches) on a lovely midwinter day. 
Later in the day, another fish also fell prey to our newly converted fly fisherman. I got the impression that Paul was going to enjoy regaling colleagues with stories of his fly fishing prowess when he returned to the UK! 

25 July 2002

Hunter Edwards and buddy Zach Border from Alpine Texas dropped in for a couple of days. Hunter previously visited in July 2001, in the midst of our 17-day spell of frosts.

This year the weather was equally fine, but much warmer. In fact, we were all down to t-shirts in the afternoon with 14C temperatures! 

Brown trout along the shore of Lake Brunner vary in colouration to a surprising degree. some are almost black on top, deep burnished copper on the sides. Others are almost chrome-sided, green topped and some guests are convinced they are a different species! 
A plump little hen fish shares a moment with Mr Edwards before release - talk about deja-vu!!! He caught an identical fish in almost the same spot last year! See july2001.htm Angling report July 2002 Kingfisher Lodge fly fishing reports Lake Brunner West Coast New Zealand

 

Winter fishing at Lake Brunner can be a real pleasure. As previously stated, a drift boat, sense of adventure, a warm jacket, and a couple of full Thermos flasks are the right formula for a great day of winter fishing!

 

Angling Report: July 2002 Lake Brunner Fly Fishing Report 

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