Tackle and Tactics
Piper and kahawai.
A week or two back Alan Bulmer and his pal Tim Angeli went fishing on an idyllic New Zealand shore. The fishing was clearly very good but Tim’s pictures were even better and well worth a look so here’s my version of our correspondence - Alan first:-
Tim Angeli and I hit the Manukau this morning. Probably my best session on Manukau ever. Bait (Piper Hyporhamphus ihi) everywhere and regular carnage in the margins. Between us we hooked 10 kahawai and landed 6. Kept 3. I hooked six and landed 3. Lost 2 massive munters. Magic!
Fantastic! Wish I'd been there. How did you lose the ones that got away? (sorry I can't help asking - I'm always thinking about 'next time')
Jighead fell out when they jumped in close. Hard to stop that happening.
I wrote again to tell Alan that I’d just got back from the coast after fishing an early morning session and catching a few bass on a big Redgill. He responded with a bit more information.
Coincidentally the kahawai I landed on my double handed fly rod yesterday was hooked on a 11.5 cm Redgill (4.5 gram). Casts a treat on the 11' fly rod. Three kahawai hit the lure at the same time. Was only two rod lengths away so saw the take. Fantastic! Will write it up once I get the images from Tim.
As you know I think that Redgills and the like are better than most (if not all) wet flies. Look forward to seeing the pictures.
Agree completely about Redgills. The purists do not class them as a fly though. This is where I disagree with them. Does a fly have to be made of fur and feather? Most modern flies do not have fur or feather in their construction either. I'm a pragmatist, if you can cast it with a fly rod then it is a fly in my book. Love the way the Redgill looks in the water (so did Tim and the kahawai) and they work without having to strip retrieve like a dervish.
Can’t wait for his next session!!! All the excellent pictures were taken by Tim Angeli
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