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Monday 19th January, 2009

Here are a couple of course dates for your diary. I'm running the Sexyloops Intermediates and Beyond course in Middlemarch Friday 30th January and again in Essex UK on the 7th February. This weekend we have a comprehensive beginners course in Christchurch. Email me for details. The Intermediates course is the new and comprehensive One Day course I've been giving for the past six months or so. It's very heavily structured, which is unusual for me, and works well. It's aimed at good casters and is also a useful instructors' practise workshop.

My time in NZ is coming to a close pretty quick, with only two and a bit weeks left. We plan on one backcountry trip but most of our fishing now is at night and on stillwater. I think that's probably the best fishing at this time of year. At least is feeding fish and lack of company is your aim.

Today I'm fishing a lake that had only just been flooded when I first came to NZ some sixteen or seventeen years ago. Back then it was an amazing fishery. Small trout put on two pounds in weight through the winter months. Rainbows were so fat they looked like rugby balls. I was fishing willow lined channels with plenty of 5-8lb browns and I think my best dawn fishing was eight fish, which was and still is pretty damned good.

And then, quite quickly, the channels silted up; wade fishing became impossible and more recently didymo has hit the rivers. So it will be interesting to see how we get on today. We're boating it so I think we'll get onto them. Watch this space...


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