continues to bang out flies at the tying bench this
winter! He is on a deer hair kick at the moment preparing
large cicada patterns with rubber legs for NZ. They
look seriously evil but then again they say you resemble
the flies the flies you tie a bit like pet owners. He
claims to have caught five fish up to 5lb in about fifteen
casts on this pattern last season in NZ.
We don't fish when we have
clients but Geoff tells me he 'demonstrated' how to
'fish them up' to two doubters he took on a river in
The rain had messed up
the intended river for the day so they headed for a
tail water unaffected by runoff. Being a new and unfamiliar
river, the clients were unsure of how to tackle such
a huge, fast moving body of water. After twenty minutes
or so they requested him to give them a demo. Two or
three casts later a four pound rainbow slammed the fly
with a crash. The trouble with big deer hair flies is
that when a large fish with big teeth chews them up
the deer hair becomes loose.
The clients then set to,
fishing hard as Geoff had shown them. Several cicadas
got chewed up as fish were brought to net. No doubt,
the fish were keen to belt these big deer hair flies.
They were great fish in high spirits according to roger.
As evening approached Geoff was asked to have
a fish too (Guides get a chance to fish in the evening
after supporting their clients all day, changing flies,
spotting fish, netting and advising which tactics to
use for each fish found).
Geoff then set about searching
the drop off on a big gravel bar. Three great brownies
came to the net. All slammed the big cicada which was
looking very weary at this stage with loose deer hair
repaired by being tied back on the hook with some tippet
to keep it working, despite its bedraggled appearance.
Roger and Bob had since
worn out their cicadas and were down to commercial patterns
that were less effective.
Falling back to the take
out spot near the bridge to make use of the last light,
Geoff's big cicada nailed another rainbow making his
tally five great fish caught and released.
No wonder he is preparing
early this time. He has tied 126 of these spooky things
at last count and is still going. He knocks out one
every time he passes the bench. He will need plenty
for clients in 2006 and it won't matter if a few get
chewed up after looking at the pile slowly accumulating
on the bench.
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