Lake Lyndon trout

July 2, 2011

Freezing cold this morning but at least some success – on a self tied Woolly Bugger

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Freezing Runners

August 6, 2010

Another fishing adventure to Lake Lyndon a few weeks back – actually might have been a bit longer ago than that – anyhow – it was cold! Pulled in just around dawn and started casting. Pretty soon I started to think i was casting even worse than normal. Checked my line wasn’t looped up somewhere or perhaps missed a runner on my rod – but all seemed ok so pressed on. Still struggling so had a second look – this time I noticed that the water on my line was freezing on the runners causing a lot of extra resistance. I figured at that point it was no time for fishing (needless to say I had experienced a complete lack of bites) and packed up. As I drove off and over Porters Pass the snow really set in and snowed nearly all the way to Darfield.

More at Lake Lyndon

March 15, 2010

Some tiny success at Lake Lyndon. Went fishing last weekend at crack of dawn – tried a Woolly Bugger – got two nibbles plus actually hooked a fish for a second or two – so whilst nothing to show for it I consider this quite some progress!

Lake Lyndon

October 27, 2009

Bravely headed to Lake Lyndon over the long weekend hoping to catch me some trout. No joy though – turns out the Lake is closed until 7 Nov (who knew). Nice drive up there though, a little over an hour from Christchurch, just past Porters Pass. Rather than waste a trip I tied on my “piece of wool” (technical term) and spent a few hours practicing my fly casting into various degrees of the prevailing nor-wester. Judging by the amount of tangles and the number of times I hit myself in the back of the head, the addition of a hook to my outfit is a step not to be taken lightly. And by the way – I saw zero fish!

Fly Fishing Gear

September 26, 2009

Thanks to the helpful guys at Fisherman’s Loft on Lincoln Rd I have acquired a fly fishing starter pack! Who knew fly fishing would be so expensive – a family license alone is $130+ – as someone pointed out, even if I am lucky enough to catch a fish it will be the most expensive trout dinner I have ever had. I ended up with a Sage Vantage rod which is their new, entry level rod replacing the Launch. Also bought basic Sage reel, Rio Gold line, Mclean net complete with built-in scales and a few other goodies around flies, tippet and nippers. Christened it with a bit of practice casting in the backyard which immediately saw line in various trees but no permanent damage done. A trip to Hagely Park is now required though for a bit more space while we wait for 1 October and the season opening. I am also optimistically exploring fish smoking techniques – details of which will follow if I ever manage to extract a trout from a local waterway.