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Old 01-06-2017, 08:06 PM
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Got the opportunity to fly fishing the Tongario River in New Zealand today. Was a bit windy and the fishing was a little slow but did manage to land one nice rainbow. It was very dark compared to any rainbow I've landed in Canada. Was about a 20 inch fish which i think is small by their standards here. Beautiful country and a beautiful fish.

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Old 01-06-2017, 08:18 PM
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nice! Weird how there are rainbows on nearly every continent
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Old 01-07-2017, 12:19 AM
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What fly did you catch it on ?
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Old 01-07-2017, 03:04 AM
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Nice fish, what is happening to the fish's skin under your ring finger? Are you fishing any other rivers? You are pretty close to the Waioeka and the Waimana. The Rangitaiki is another decent river with some good tributaries.
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Old 01-07-2017, 05:42 AM
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Congrats. I heard the Tongariro wasn't giving up huge fish this summer. Love heading down there.
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Old 01-07-2017, 06:39 AM
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Dam we are -25 here and ice fishing...trade ya locations!
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Old 01-07-2017, 08:28 AM
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nice! Weird how there are rainbows on nearly every continent
Introduced to every continent except Antarctica. This is due to humans.
OP great rainbow!
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Old 01-07-2017, 09:07 AM
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I have spent a bit of time over the years on the Tongario river, it's normally a winter fishery, July, aug is when the trout run,
But I have fished it several times in summer, it's a nice blue ribbon river, in peak NZ summer, have caught a few nice brown trout, 7-9 lbs at that time, but no bigger rainbows,
Other rivers in the region, that offer a more wilderness experience, are more to my likening.
Hope that fish graced the table, as skin damage, and warm river temps, much less chance of surviving.
Hope you enjoy the area, central North island NZ, is a great outdoor playground.
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Old 01-07-2017, 10:41 AM
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Caught it on a pheasant tail nymph bonescreek.

Fish had a big gash on its side. There was a bird that looked similar to our loons that i think was behind it. Seen them lots on the river. Don't know what they are called.

I don't think the fishing in the Tongario has been spectacular lately. When i told the locals i caught a couple they seemed to think that was pretty good. Don't know if i would call a couple in about ten hours of fishing pretty good.... Was a great experience non the less.

Didn't keep this guy.

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Old 01-09-2017, 07:17 AM
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The bird is called a Black shag, very close sub pieces to a Cormorant, and they are bloody hard on trout numbers, if there are two many,
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