Situated only 10 metres from the famous Tauranga Taupo River and only 300 metres from Lake Taupo.
A fishermen’s paradise.
It was the first time in my life that I had been Trout fishing I had no previous experience, equipment or suitable gear of my own
All I knew was that I wanted to head into the bush find a beautiful peaceful river, and try and catch a fish…or two, and boy did Jason deliver on the dream!
He provided me with all the equipment I needed (as well as a tasty packed lunch from Tracy)gave me all the helpful advice I needed (and that was a bit..) he even supplied all the support I needed(some of those river stones were slippery!)in the form of a customized Gandalf stick, broken to size from a convenient branch, and whenever I decided to slip in the river anyway A great Bear Paw of a hand would instantly shoot out from nowhere and catch me….and I’m no little feller either!
It was only a matter of minutes after a couple of practice casts that I got my first strike …..I knew this because Jason changed up a couple of gears and in a voice somewhat above a whisper mentioned STRIKE!!! Then followed with a steady stream of advice; keep your rod high!…higher!… slack the line…reel it in …keep your rod up!!let it run, keep your rod high!(I took a bit of reminding about that bit)It was the most exciting fishing I’ve ever done, this trout was a real fighter! (Jasons words not mine…seeing as I hadn’t caught one before)eventually I got it in close enough for Jason to net and even he seemed pretty pleased with it. A beautiful 6lb Rainbow…not bad for a first effort!
Man, was I stoked. After an obligatory photo shoot in which he may have become the most photographed Trout in the river …ever! We returned him, none the worse for wear to get a bit bigger for the next time. Thinking that was going to be hard to beat, I managed to catch another four, all around the 5 to 6lb mark! And one of them was a magnificent Brown.
It was a perfect day with a combination of expert tuition a bit of beginners luck and beautiful weather (he didn’t tell me how he organized that bit)
My only concern over the whole awesome day is …how the Hell am I going to be able to top it!
Emma and Nathian Vance
Thank you so much for making our first holiday/honeymoon away together a goodie. It's definately one we will remember forever. You really did spoil us and we go away relaxed'refreshed and with big smiles on our faces' especially Naithan with all the fish he caught ; he's in heaven he's so excited.... living the dream for four days. Jason you have given Naithan so many tips to take home. I'm sure he will do you proud and catch a whopper. Tracy the food was amaizing each and every time we ate. We have made some great new friends and will be back. Thanks again
TUES 2nd Nov
Hi Jason and Tracy
Thanks for a great time again on the TT, we had smoked trout last night and it was beautiful. I have now brought my own 6 weight rod and a few bits here at hunting and fishing . I popped out last night to have a go, but only finished up with a tangle, I think you might still have a pupil.
My experience of fishing with you Jason, is one that i would recommend to any angler, be it novice like me or an experienced fisherman because it so much fun. Catching trout in the famous Taupo region is exciting heart pumping stuff with plenty of fish to be caught even for a learner like me. It helps to have someone to show the spots, take the photos and then sit on the bank with a cup of coffee and enjoy the moment, and one of Tracy,s special trout wraps.
When we are back i'll give you advance waring , perhaps we might hone my nymph technique as i have been told that 90% of the fishing here in Taranaki is done that way for the elusive brown trout .
Thanks again for all the fun