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1  Gators ‘n Hens / Gators ‘n Hens / Re: Southern Hemisphere King on: September 12, 2018, 02:06:37 AM
The fish in question, finally worked out how to post pictures
2  Skagit Master / Skagit Master / river gut tactics on: September 06, 2018, 04:08:28 PM
Ok this is a fishing tactics question and one that's bugging the hell out of me, How to fish a particular type water. Here's the situation, 40meter wide river, that has a gravel bar crossing it at 35degs to the bank, 3/4 the width of the river, over this bar the current is flowing from 10inchs to 2ft deep(mid river) behind the bar the channel is between 4-8ft deep. My questions are, with this type of water, are you best to fish it from the bank side, or from the gravel bar? If fishing from the bank side, how do you get you fly through the "fast water" coming over the bar, to the fish resting in the quiet water underneath in the channel running down behind the gravel bar?   So far my best guess is 8ft of t18, 8ft of 15lb mono to a 3/8oz bead head fly, with a 1/8oz split shot 30cm ahead of the fly. Am I doing this right?
3  Gators ‘n Hens / Gators ‘n Hens / Southern Hemisphere King on: April 08, 2018, 04:34:06 AM
After two seasons of pursuit, fishing 8/9 weight rods catching dozens of 12-18cm trout, the occasional 5-6lber, I went out armed with a #6 weight, targeting trout, not the salmon(which is our fish of 10,000 casts) and half hour after starting, hooking what I believed to be a good trout after 5 mins got sick of playing games and took off, up river! Landed 20mins later! King salmon on a #6weight Scott L2h, opst commando head 325grain, and 10ft of t10, and a 3inch version of Jerry Frenchs Dirty HoH! Awesome fly! Sorry I can't up load picture, but you'll find it posted on Fishing Addicts NW facebook page
4  Geared Up / Geared Up / Re: Scott L2h 1256/4 on: April 02, 2018, 04:21:24 AM
In answer to this question, 325 opst commando head is the shizz, next up the 325 Río Skagit max short (though struggled a bit in wind, assuming its the 5ft longer length reduces over all mass/density of the head. 400 Rio max short felt good, and handled the wind better, but a 450 Airflo skagit/switch was just a bit to much, so will be off to buy a 400grain, and a 350grain Rio max short heads, since my mate wanted his 400 back  Cry
5  Geared Up / Geared Up / Scott L2h 1256/4 on: March 25, 2018, 03:47:33 PM
Now the proud owner of one of these, can someone advise me of what the preferred line weight is for this rod? I have a 450grn Skagit switch, but I'm sure that's going to be to heavy, so what is the line weight "window" for these rods? Looking to get two or three lines two for fair weather conditions and a heavy one for windy days.
6  It Wiggles with Pokey Parts / It Wiggles with Pokey Parts / Re: mini intruders on: February 09, 2017, 04:02:53 PM
Mini and micro"intruders", how small do you want? Really your only limited by you imagination, and hook size. I regularly fish small streams from tiny creeks, to streams 4/5 meters wide, and use to fish a lot of down and across wetflys, soft hackles, and emerger patterns. So upon my discovery of intruders, a whole new world of possible patterns became a possibility. How small? The smallest I've made was an intruder style fly 12mm long, with a size 16 stinger hook. But i found the most practical to be tied on a size 10 long shank nymph hook (14mm shank) with a wide gape or octopus stinger of a size 10, on a fire line stinger loop of 10lb. If i can ever work out how to post a picture from my phone, or i can email to someone who can post them up for me I'll add to this thread. Otherwise have a look on the OPST Facebook page at the post on mini intruders, in the comments i posted a couple of pictures.
7  Skagit Master / Skagit Master / Re: Hello from Middle Earth on: February 04, 2017, 03:25:36 AM
Nothing like you guys get over there, it use to be in the order of 5/6000ish returning to our Rakaia river, but this has drop markedly in recent years for reasons stated previously. My home stream, the Kaiapoi river(which has a hatchery at its source in days gone by used to get 5-600 returning, last years count was 125-140/150, but this season is looking good with one river, the Hurunui, having some good catches already, time will tell.
On a brighter note, got for an early start this morning, with the Waimakariri river fishable after 2wks of flood flows, i had my first solid hit, the Hardy had a beautiful big bend only to pull the hook, but i got three shiny scales a memento  Roll Eyes I took the advice given and increased my overhang, i found 1 1/2ft had a big improvement, but my technique no needs a bit of work, it messed up my casting stroke, but i stuck at it and had it "sorted" by the time the sun had forced me off the river, 23dgC by 9am, and it got to 32dgCby midday, Gotta love a fhurn wind  Tongue hitting the same stretch tomorrow morning an hour before daylight, hopefully my chartreuse/white/lumo will work again  Smiley
8  Skagit Master / Skagit Master / Re: Hello from Middle Earth on: February 02, 2017, 03:39:05 PM
Thankyou Jeff, will give that a go, and having read that, it reminded me of something Tim Rajeffe said when he was over here recently giving talks at local tackle shops and casting demonstration, will try increasing over hang  Roll Eyes.  On the topic of our king run, early fish show up around mid November, but you have normally to wait till now before you get proper runs, and the main run being march-April, with some years fish running in may but most fish by then are well ripe. Unfortunately due to the recent expansion of dairying, and increase extraction of ground water, the last few years has seen low flows, warm rivers, low oxygen levels, this has had a major effect on the runs, pushing them back by a month or so, and reducing the the success of costal stream fish spawning. And on a sad knot, one river that has an irrigation out take has admitted that for the last 9years its screen to stop smolts been sucked into it has been an abject failure, this river may be in collapse, the fish certainly is  Cry, Our nation as a whole is currently at logger heads with DIRTY DAIRYING, if anyone over fighting for salmon will know, the environment is losing to big business! But enough ranting, there's fish to catch, i believe most of our fish are Columbia river stock, average 8-15lb, with a scattered 18-24lb in the mix, my pb being  27 1/4lb, the current NZ record being just over 50lb, but have not heard of anything over 40 in the last few decades. Most if not all salmon fishing here is done with spin tackle as all baitfishing is prohibited except for one river, that's tidal, and has a hatchery at the top of it. Limited to 2 fish per angler per day(20yrs ago it was 4) but most people would be happy to catch one, so my goal of a king on the fly may take me some time, but hey I'm up for it  Grin
9  Skagit Master / Skagit Master / Hello from Middle Earth on: February 02, 2017, 01:42:58 AM
Thankyou to the Admin, Hello from New Zealand, Now down the knitty gritty, with the start of the NZ King salmon run, I've set my the goal of catching a King on the fly, I've read watched and rewatched as much as i could, purchased some essential items, rod, reel line etc. Then set about getting a good friend to give me some lessons, to my surprise after a half a day he told me i didn't need him showing how to cast, i was out reaching him Undecided so with 3months chasing bows and browns I'm now just waiting for that first grab and load up Wink So, i have a bit of a tech question, I'm on occasion still blowing my anchor and assume its my setup in which I'm missing something, so can someone help me with my concern, my current set is as follows
15ft Hardy deluxe Spey, Rio Skagit max short 700grn, Airflo ridge running line, i have a full set of Rio Mows in Hvy , 12ft T14, and about to purchase some T14 to make a couple of15ft tips, now i run a 3-6ft leader of 15lb maxima ultragreen. So do i needd to adjust my rig, or is i more casting techniques i need to work on? Help please  Huh
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