Saturday, 5 August 2017

More big fish

Date: 4 August

Air Temp: 9C
Water Temp: 14C
Water height: -22cms
Number of rods: 10
Number of fish caught: 14
Biggest fish: 31lbs Bjorgvin Hilmarsson
No 30+: 1
No 20-29lbs: 1
No 8-19lbs: 6
Grilse: 6

Weather: A rainy misty day and feeling fresh.

31lber for Bjorgvin H

Managers Comments: Today was the best day of the week for fish hooked and large fish played. The best salmon landed was a 31lber. Max and Hilli both battled with big fish today in Norcamp and Sand  Island.

Iain Kirk

Friday, 4 August 2017

11 hooked in Cliff

Date: 3 Aug

Air Temp: 10C
Water Temp: 14C
Water height: -24cms
Number of rods: 10
Number of fish caught: 11
Biggest fish: 28lbs Max Krottenthaler
No 30+: 0
No 20-29lbs: 1
No 8-19lbs: 6
Grilse: 4

Weather: Blue sky first thing this morning and then at midday the wind changed to the north east and the fog came in.

Managers Comments: Cliff beat was on fire this morning with 11 fish hooked but sadly only two landed.

Max landed his 28lber after a battle through the rapids at Upper Norcamp. It feels like the week is beginning to wake up. Home and Pump have had fish crashing around in them.

Iain Kirk

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Waking up

Date: 2 August

Air temp 8 degs
Water temp 14 degs
Water height -25 cms
Rods 10
Fish caught 10
Biggest 32 lbs Rob W

30 lbs plus  1
20/29 lbs.    1
8/19  lbs.      7
Grilse            1

Waking up this morning to a dull fresh day with rain until 3 pm
Still Running
Today we have fresh bright fish moving into lyliok with Colin landing a very bright 12 lbs fish. Yet again Rob W had an enormous fish from poachers this afternoon of 32 lbs. this was after loosing a fish in the region of 40 lbs plus in norcamp.

Big fish finally playing the game
Poachers and seven islands anglers have reported seeing and raising huge fish today, as if they have just woken up after the high water of early season.

Iain kirk

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Sunray Shadow

Date: 1 August

Air temp  8 deg c
Water.      14 deg c
Water height -22 cms
Rods 10
Fish caught 11
Biggest 30 lbs Rob W

30 lbs plus 1
20/29.         0
8-19 lbs      5
Grilse.         5

First thing east wind but no mist thank goodness Temp very low, 8 degs at the lodge water height dropped 2 cms and water temp down 2 cms.

Rob's 30

A better day on the river today with action in most of the beats.
The fly of the day was the Sunray shadow !!!!!
A red letter day for rob waddington with four fish from nor camp, biggest 30 lbs.
Colin M experienced the joy of the yokanga salmon today with his first yokanga sunray salmon of 17 lbs, hunted his fly around the pool at the bottom of poachers rapids.

Even though the fishing has been tough, people have experienced salmon takes like never before, thanks to this wonderful river.

Iain Kirk


Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Salmon only

Date: 31 July

Air Temp: 12C
Water Temp: 16C
Water Height: -20cms
Number of Rods: 10
Number of fish caught: 6
Biggest fish: 21lbs Jim Ferrie
No 30+: 0
No 20-29lbs: 1
No 8-19lbs: 5
Grilse: 0

Weather: Fresh overcast morning with an east wind. Mist appearing over the hill though. A very cold evening.
 Per with a fish from Lyliok

Managers Comments: Today appears to be an improving situation with salmon taking rather than grilse! Lots of today's fish were caught using sunrays even the 21lber to Jim Ferrie.

Jim with big smile on his face

Today’s catch could have been trebled had they all or least some stayed on!

Iain Kirk

Monday, 31 July 2017

Tackle Failures

Date: Afternoon 29 and 30 July

Air temp: 20C
Water height: -17cms
Water temp: 16C
Rods: 10
Fish caught: 9
Biggest fish: 15lbs
8-19lbs: 6
Grilse: 3

Weather : Overcast at first but a sunny and warm afternoon.

Managers Comments: Per, Hilli, Max and Paul all experienced the evil of those very large Yokanga fish today. Each of them encountered fish of 25lbs plus, cartwheeling around the pools of Upper Norcamp, Golden Reach and Lyliok.

Polyleaders snapped and hooks pulled out leaving the anglers speechless. Paul was heard saying that he had never felt such power in an Atlantic salmon before this day.
Max lost his beast in Lyliok after charging down the rapids but managed to land only one fish from six played.
Hilli with his 15lber from Lyliok

There seems to be perfect water height and temperature  but the fish are very quiet generally.

Iain Kirk

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Week 22-29 July

DATE: 22nd-29th July 2017

Air Temp: 10C-25C

Water Temp: 11C-13C

Water Height: 1.0m - 0.8m

Number of Rods: 16

Number of fish Caught: 59

Biggest fish: 25lbs Pierre Thomas & Piam Guillemaud

No 30+:  0

No 20-29lbs:  6

No 8-19lbs:  45

Grilse:  8


Thick fog & strong winds until Wednesday, followed by cloudless skies and windless days.

Managers Comments:

Denis with his first Salmon
A tough week on the river this week with very varied conditions. We did get of to a tough start with the unusually long lasting fog which meant we had an out of action helicopter for 3 days. This was incredibly unlucky and exceptionally unusual to have the fog sitting for that length of time. As a result of this it meant we had all rods fishing between Poachers and crows nest. This is still a huge amount of water for 16 rods and plenty of pots & pools to play with. It did mean however, we struggled to hide from the killer stream wind we had for the first half of the week. 

Giles with his first fish of the week
On Wednesday morning the weather took a complete turn and changed to its polar opposite, bright skies and hot days. Perhaps not the most ideal conditions but at least it allowed us up the river. The team persevered and came home with results. Piam had a fantastic week landing a good number of fish one at 25lb. Pierre T also had a tremendous week, landing a couple a great fish over 20lbs. 

Yokanga Sun set

Sadly my time on the river has come to an end, its been a great fun season and thanks to all who where involved hopefully see you all next year.
Fresh fish at the end of July 

Toby Burrell