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Angling Report: March 2002 Lake Brunner Fly Fishing Report

The days of summer draw slowly to a close because, as they say, all good things must come to an end. The summer never really delivered on its full promise, with awful weather throughout New Zealand. If anything, our region had the best weather of anywhere. Despite that, we still seemed to get more than our fair share of sou-westers! 

Angling report March 2002 Kingfisher Lodge fly fishing reports Lake Brunner

Kahn Hobbs holds a nice brown trout prior to release. This was a day of strong south-westerly winds, overcast and chilly. These conditions make for tough fishing anywhere, the trick is to find a lee shore. And patience and persistence are usually rewarded, warm clothes and a ful thermos being essential ingredients for success!

Still, the memory of the warm and sunny days with the cicadas chorus echoing around the river valleys will linger on... it was awesome fishing while it lasted, and we can only hope next summer is equally good.   

Larry plays a feisty Orangipuku brown trout - this one we managed to land eventually, both of us getting very wet in the process!

Until late March, fish were sheltering in the Orangipuku River from the warm lake temperatures, taking advantage of higher oxygen levels in the first rapids of the river. On 27th March the first autumn snowfall hit the Alps, and with the change in conditions, fish disappeared from the river overnight!

Angling report March 2002 Kingfisher Lodge fly fishing reports Lake Brunner
Mr Shinoda has successfully "dapped" a 3kg trout with his elegant cane rod.... his 2nd problem now manifests itself - what do I do now? Problem was abruptly solved when the trout got tired of  messing about, and bolted up the little channel in centre of picture, snapping the 4X tippet in the process!  

Angling Report: March 2002 Lake Brunner Fly Fishing Report

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