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Angling Report: Sept 2001 Lake Brunner Fly Fishing Report

September 8-10 2001

A week without guests.... and a chance for ME to use the rod for a change! Thats what guides do, when they've got a few days off - go fishing! Seems odd, I know, but when I've got guests here fishing, I  do not use a rod myself. So, on a joyous spring day, a thing of beauty and a joy to behold, I go fishing! Fine days on end, actually, and river & lake levels are falling fast. While the Nth Island has been getting lots of rain, down here in rain forest country, its verging on drought again. The trout are still hungry though - and on each of the past few days I've spent at  least a couple of hours on our little corner of Paradise - Lake Brunner. The fish are in superb condition, and feeding avidly on cockabullies.

Today (10th) one of the 3 fish I caught during the lunch hour was a lovely jack fish. Only 21 inches long, but he weighted 4 lbs, short, fat and feisty! Took nearly 10 minutes to quieten down and into the net, after several savage runs, tail-walks, and some serious aerobatics! 

I love spring fishing, while the water temperatures are still chilly, the fish are very agressive and fight like hell! Later on, in mid-summer, they can become almost lethargic. Right now though, its truly excellent fishing. Last night, in the gathering dusk, Luke the Labrador and I  took our evening stroll along the lake shore, rod in hand. The first of two fish was lively enough, and provided a show for a boat-load of passing visitors who paused to watch the trout in action. The second fish was a mean fighter, who did not linger long - one head high leap, one tail-walk, then one crash-dive to the bottom! Tore like a torpedo straight through the bottom of  a deep weed bed and dislodged the hook, leaving the angler shaking his head in disbelief.... This is not the way brown trout are supposed to behave, right?  

Angling Report: Sept 2001 Lake Brunner Fly Fishing Report 

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