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Daltona Rides Again…

The last time I tried to start Daltona’s old 35hp Johnson was with Chris Dore on Lake Wakitipu last winter. She simply would not start. I think Chris was secretly happy because the wind was strong and the waves were big. I was a bit relieved myself, truth be told. My diagnosis at the time was that the spark plugs had run their course. There was one Saturday since then that I made a half assed effort to resolve the problem; I borrowed a spark plug spanner but it did not fit. On Saturday last, Kevin and I decided to take a look at the outboard with the hope of getting out on the water. Within 5 minutes Kevin had the engine running like the well oiled machine she is. It was indeed the spark plugs. We wasted no time and hit for the lake.

The weekend was a rare one where the almost incessant shitwinds of Cromwell took a respite. Fishing the glass on Dunstan is extremely challenging and in my opinion the best fishing Dunstan has to offer. It’s a shame its such a rare event. The fish move and track, usually around the edges of the weed beds. Dries and nymphs will work but quick, accurate casting will be the difference between a great day and few or no fish. When the breeze picks up to a slight ripple the fishing is a lot easier and I usually move to the silty pockets among the weeds. Most of Sunday had a corduroy ripple on the surface and I lost count of how many fish I had to the net. All sighted. A size 14 weighted spider was the ticket. A 2mm tungsten bead was just enough weight to quickly get the fly to the zone.

Daltona rides again…

ps. Sorry about the small pics this week! I had my camera set on very low res because I forgot my sd card one day, then I forgot to put it back on full res! The internal memory is shite.


  1. February 17th, 2014 at 13:10 | #1

    Ha ha! Can’t believe how well your chair has lasted you Ronan!!!

  2. February 17th, 2014 at 13:15 | #2

    I know.. She hasn’t aged a day!

  3. February 17th, 2014 at 13:18 | #3

    Great shot of Iza from the bow by the way, I can just image that stunt in action!

  4. Breandan
    February 17th, 2014 at 13:19 | #4

    Morning…good night there,

    Great to see you identifying the anenome stinkhiorn in the last post…but I left one stone unturned from the 17th Jan post…the sticky things that hook onto your clothes are the fruits (seed heads) of the native bidibid…it took a while to identify but pure stubborness won through in the end…….

  5. February 17th, 2014 at 14:01 | #5

    Love the fire/water shot too!

  6. February 19th, 2014 at 07:26 | #6

    Hmm, didn’t think it as a stunt.. next time I’ll try to get the bow in the shot too!

  7. February 19th, 2014 at 12:16 | #7

    Of course not; it’s only a stunt when it goes wrong!

  8. February 21st, 2014 at 05:53 | #8

    Good stuff Breandan! Together we’ll know every plant and animal in NZ!

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