Fish are out there wait­ing, when wind al­lows some breath­ing space

Weekend Herald - - RUGBY - Fly Fish­ing Film Fes­ti­val

When the wind fi­nally al­lows some breath­ing space, the fish are out there wait­ing.

So are the birds and the dol­phins. There have been huge work- ups all over the Hau­raki Gulf, from just out­side the Noises to a short dis­tance off Whanga­paraoa Penin­sula. But not all of the ac­tiv­ity trans­lates into good fish­ing. In fact, there may be no snap­per un­der some of the ar­eas where the ac­tiv­ity is con­gre­gated. But it is in ev­ery fish­er­man’s na­ture to stop and check it out, ei­ther by dropping a soft bait or slow jig or a metal jig, or a bait. It is al­ways worth dropping the an­chor along with some berley and wait­ing for some ac­tion. This has been work­ing well for some an­glers at around 40 me­tres, and it is only the weather that has stopped peo­ple get­ting out in the past two weeks.

Things are also pick­ing up in close around Auck- land with male snap­per in schools in the Mo­tu­ihe Chan­nel, at Cru­soe Rock and Church Bay. The first king­fish are also turn­ing up on the reef at Maria Is­land and the David Rocks, while the best con­di­tioned scal­lops are com­ing from the Noises.

Divers work­ing the reefs at the bot­tom end of Wai­heke Is­land are scor­ing some cray­fish. John dory con­tinue to sur­prise fish­er­men, and the Ta­maki Strait is hold­ing good num­bers.

In the Bay of Plenty, the gurnard are still in close, but snap­per are also start­ing to move in and soft- baiters are gear­ing up for some bet­ter weather con­di­tions. Snap­per can be found off the beaches in about 15 me­tres over the sand.

Gurnard are also still pre­dom­i­nat­ing on the Kaipara Har­bour but some catches of snap­per have sur­prised those who are ex­pect­ing to catch only gurnard while fish­ing in­side the har­bour. The fea­ture film of this year’s RISE Fly Fish­ing Film Fes­ti­val, Pure Fly NZ, is from a new tele­vi­sion se­ries that sets a new bench­mark in fly fish­ing en­ter­tain­ment.

The film from Gin- Clear me­dia ex­plores the myr­iad of fly fish­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties on the West Coast of the South Is­land. In its 12th year, the fes­ti­val show­cases exclusive pre­mieres from the world’s best fly fish­ing film- mak­ers.

An­other fes­ti­val high­light, Co­ra­zon, is the work of master film- maker R. A. Beat­tie and is a trib­ute to a re­mark­able Mex­i­can fish­ing guide Sand­flea.

An­other film, Prov­i­dence, re­counts the first trip back to Prov­i­dence Atoll in the Sey­chelles since the wa­ters were closed to all boat ac­cess in 2010 due to the threat of pirates.

Yaku­tia is the lat­est ef­fort from up- and- com­ing film- maker Jakp Lu­cas, and chron­i­cles an ex­treme ad­ven­ture deep into the un­charted wilder­ness of Siberia where gi­ant trout- like taimen and pike await ad­ven­tur­ers, as well as preda­tory fish species never be­fore caught on fly.

Gin- Clear di­rec­tor Nick Rey­gaert said the fes­ti­val al­lowed the fish­ing com­mu­nity to share their pas­sion for the sport by at­tend­ing film screen­ings across the coun­try, just be­fore the new trout sea­son opens.

The fes­ti­val screens in Auck­land on Tues­day, Hamil­ton on Septem­ber 20 and Taupo on Septem­ber 21, and will tour the coun­try. Tick­ets can be ob­tained at gin- clear. com.

This year marks 150 years since trout were first in­tro­duced to this coun­try. They came from ova, or eggs, shipped from Tas­ma­nia where they had been suc­cess­fully in­tro­duced from Bri­tain only three years earlier. There are no trout or salmon na­tive to the south­ern hemi­sphere, and browns were the first trout to make the long jour­ney south­wards. The first trout hatched here was one of three eggs which sur­vived out of 1200 brought from Tas­ma­nia, and they were hatched on Oc­to­ber 10, 1867, in the Can­ter­bury Ac­cli­ma­ti­sa­tion So­ci­ety’s grounds in Ha­gley Park.

A year later the Otago Ac­cli­ma­ti­sa­tion So­ci­ety sent their cu­ra­tor, Charles Clif­ford, to Ho­bart to ob­tain more brown trout eggs. He re­turned on the ship Free Trader with 800 eggs, of which 724 hatched. The Nel­son and South­land ac­cli­ma­ti­sa­tion so­ci­eties also pro­cured trout ova from Tas­ma­nia the same year, and the coun­try was as­sured a healthy trout pop­u­la­tion.

Rain­bow trout were not in­tro­duced here un­til 1887 when the first ship­ment of eggs from Cal­i­for­nia sur­vived the six- week voy­age.

A large taimen, which is re­lated to our trout, from the Siberian wilder­ness. Ge­off Thomas

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