Monthly Archives: April 2020

Wait and Watch and Wonder

by Pedro Burney (Originally published “On the River” 1974) Just looking has its rewards. When I reach a river, I put my rod up, sit down and just look. What am I looking for? Well it’s a matter of questions …

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Winter Canal Fishing Tips 2020

The major South island fishing retail stores all have sections on their websites dedicated to equipment and accessories for fishing the Mackenzie Country hydro canals. The Complete Angler has an extensive set of You Tube videos available on line for …

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Jest a Minute

The Ranger and Poacher The river has a two trout bag limit and a fisherman is casting for trout as a stranger approaches and asks, “Any luck?” “Any luck? Heck yes, this is a wonderful spot. I took six out …

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The Old Man and his Grandson

The following article was by the late Ted Bason, who was president and secretary of the NZ Federation of Freshwater Anglers in the 1970s-80s. It was published in “On the River” in 1974. Ted was a life member of the …

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The Rakaia River – Canterbury’s troubled water

In 2016 the Rakaia River was judged to be the highest ranking braided river within the Canterbury region for UNESCO World Heritage or Ramsar international status. https://www.canterbury.ac.nz/media/documents/oexp-science/geography/community-engagement/geog-309/2019/GEOG309-19-The-selection-of-a-Canterbury-high-country-braided-river-for-UNESCO-World-Heritage-and-Ramsar–status,-using-multiple-combined-ranked-metholdogies.pdf A Protected River Recognizing the threat of “death by a thousand cuts” due …

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Our Way of Life Needs Protection

An Opinion From Yesteryear The following opinion was published in a 1974 “On the River” publication of the Federation of Hawkes Bay Angling Clubs, from which grew the NZ Federation of Freshwater Anglers.  John B Henderson, a NZ Deerstalkers’ Association …

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About a Hare’s Ear Nymph

The following tale was published in a 1974 “On the River” publication published by the Federation of Hawkes Bay Angling Clubs, from which grew the NZ Federation of Freshwater Anglers. It was written under the pen name of “Optimist” and …

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Insect Populations in Dramatic Decline

Insect populations around the world are in a dramatic decline over 30 years – whereas water-based insects are not so. A team of scientists from around the world recently analysed 166 long-term survey of insects from 1,676 sites worldwide and …

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West Coast Beach Dead Rats Almost Certainly Toxic 1080 Carcasses

  Dead rats found on beaches near the mouth of the Buller River near Westport were almost certainly 1080 killed rodents, despite Department of Conservation denials.  NZFFA president Dr Peter Trolove, a retired veterinarian, said the rats most likely came …

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The Demise of “Mystery Stream”

by Tony Orman If you’ve fished over the decades, you’ve probably stumbled onto one of those streams that gave you superb fishing, of such high quality that you cherished it and became possessive about it that you treated it as …

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