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PostPosted: Fri May 07, 2021 11:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Been awhile since I visited so good to see the forum is still going strong &
a lot of familiar names.

Hi to all.


Good to hear from you Bazza - I have missed the tales of your exploits down under.
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PostPosted: Fri May 07, 2021 11:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

BristolFlyer wrote:
Bazza wrote:
Been awhile since I visited so good to see the forum is still going strong &
a lot of familiar names.

Hi to all.

Good to hear from you Bazza - I have missed the tales of your exploits down under.


Thanx BF ... the reason for dropping out was from feeling the reports were becoming rather
repetitive & much the same thing over.

Maybe they may prove less tedious if posted less often ... will try that soon before I hit 92 yo.
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PostPosted: Fri May 07, 2021 11:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bazza wrote:
BristolFlyer wrote:
Bazza wrote:
Been awhile since I visited so good to see the forum is still going strong &
a lot of familiar names.

Hi to all.

Good to hear from you Bazza - I have missed the tales of your exploits down under.


Thanx BF ... the reason for dropping out was from feeling the reports were becoming rather
repetitive & much the same thing over.

Maybe they may prove less tedious if posted less often ... will try that soon before I hit 92 yo.


OK here goes as per above and titled as per the old adage that ..........

" Stranger things happen at sea "

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Maybe so ... but rather weird things likely to happen on land as well, such as my experience last week when
fly fishing on the Whakapapa river. Was taking a break ashore after having landed a couple of nice fish which
is the legal daily limit on this river ( if not returned ) & had cleaned them in anticipation of smoking them to
give to worthy recipients.

After a bit of a rest went to pick up my gear to return to the motor home & was completely puzzled to find the
reel spinning due to line being taken from the rod lying on the ground.

Picked up the rod & began winding in line which appeared to be wound at least twice around a 2 or 3 mtr cluster
of saplings which was no easy task with the rod tangling in branches & was almost certain my 2 piece sage was
going to end up a 3 or 4 pc. The really peculiar aspect was that the more line won the more that was being drawn
out so was a case of a kids' game of "Round & round the mulberry bush" until I took the line in hand & gave it a
yank finally breaking off the 8lb leader.

Then began the process of trying to figure out what on earth (or beyond) could have caused such a happening as
had not sighted any likely culprit & began to rule out various possibilities such as :-

A fish had taken the fly ... but was at least 3 mtrs from the water & line was not even going in that direction.

Likewise an eel which admittedly could have wriggled up onto the land but had it done so then surely at some
junction I would have sighted it wriggling around the saplings even tho there was a base of dry grass.

A water rat ? Not impossible but very much doubt it would have had the power required to draw line off at the
rate it had been also overcoming the drag setting at times.

What was the most likely answer ??????

The most likely explanation was offered by a fellow angler who lived locally albeit not entirely proven.

Will post the revelation in a following post but before doing so let's see who can guess what it might be ?

Go for it !!
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PostPosted: Sat May 08, 2021 8:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A Possum?
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PostPosted: Sat May 08, 2021 9:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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A Possum?


Nope not a possum ... but a good try nevertheless.
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PostPosted: Sat May 08, 2021 5:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Sat May 08, 2021 8:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

An inebriated Kiw?( bird or human)
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PostPosted: Sun May 09, 2021 1:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kiwis & possums are primarily nocturnal so no ... therefore like most human kiwis I have
never seen a kiwi in the wild drunk or otherwise.

A croc ???? would hope not .. but thankfully we do not have any ... the closest are to be found
the northern regions of Australia ... likewise with snakes altho one live one did wash up on a
beach here last week ... so can but hope that does not become a regular occurence ?

So what was the mystery culprit ????

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Apparently there is a colony of stoats in that particularly area & can recall seeing one swimming across the river
a couple of years back in pretty well the same spot.

It would appear one of the rather fearsome critters was drawn to a free meal but hooked itself on the fly instead.
Presumably when I was trying to wind up on the elusive little blighter he was trying to escape via tracks in the
undergrowth at the base of the cluster of saplings.

Guess given the nasty razor sharp , needle like set of dentures they have was probably fortunate I did not catch
up with it as have been told if cornered a wild stoat is likely to attack its' adversary by biting repeatably on the
back of the neck to inflict excessive bleeding !!
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PostPosted: Sun May 09, 2021 9:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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A couple of months back the Auckland region was about to be moved to level 3 for awhile due to a small
number of covid cases that had emerged in the region whereas the rest of the country were only level 2
so had fewer restrictions. One of the level 3 restrictions was that residents of Auckland were not allowed
to travel out of Auckland without special authorisation so I made a hurried decision to travel down country
on a solo fly fishing trip to make the most of the short window of opportunity.

Was an enjoyable & successful trip until a misshap occured on the return trip ... namely :-

Was on a back road & feeling thirsty so stopped to get a cold drink ( fruit juice ) from the fridge but foolishly
did not switch off the motor & put it in gear ... in retrospect, suspect maybe did not apply the hand brake
fully either.

Was enjoying the cold drink until I became aware I was alone in a run away motor home that had decided to
take off on its' own on an off road adventure. Made the split second decision to jump out of the vehicle as it
was now heading for a roadside bank despite the risk off being crushed if it rolled over, which thankfully did
not happen.

The descent further down tha bank was halted by a wire/post & batten farm fence which was rather fortuitous
as that little insignificant looking white shed it was heading for housed a couple of million dollars of internet
transmission equipment that are dotted around the country & you are liable for any damage caused. Equally
amazing was that the cab had nary a scratch or anything broken the result of contact with the wire fence but
entry into the cab in order to switch off the engine proved rather daunting & likewise turning off the lpg gas
bottle whilst waiting for the AA rescue tow truck to arrive. Several farmers offered to tow it back onto the road
with their heavy tractors but as it was on a lean was decided if it toppled then insurance would likely not pay
out for any damaged sustained by an unapproved operator ... tow out cost $420 but probably worth it. A farmer
kindly cut then rejoined the fence which no doubt avoided any potential damage to the front of the vehicle.

In the interim a minor mishap has occured resulting in the loss of the door step ... will not bore readers with details
... suffice to say my trips away are seldom uneventful.

PS as for the virus pleased to say the policies implemented appear to have worked & for some time now the only
requirement nationwide is the wearing of masks on public transport.
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PostPosted: Mon May 10, 2021 8:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That could have been very expensive. Certainly your country has managed to keep the virus at bay whereas we have endured all sorts of restrictions these past15 months but I guess it was somewhat easier to control in NZ with a total population half that of London. Keep us posted on your adventures they certainly help lift my spirits Cool Smile
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PostPosted: Mon May 10, 2021 9:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

tenet wrote:
That could have been very expensive. Certainly your country has managed to keep the virus at bay whereas we have endured all sorts of restrictions these past15 months but I guess it was somewhat easier to control in NZ with a total population half that of London. Keep us posted on your adventures they certainly help lift my spirits Cool Smile


The vaccine began to be administered about 3 or 4 weeks ago starting with the front line workers & suchlike.

We are due to our dose soon but must confess to having slightly mixed feelings ... will of course have it but
more because of accepting responsibility towards preventing any spread rather than any personal risk.

Yes NZ would appear to have their finger on things & travel flights have resumed to Australia & some Pacific
Islands but realistically it is doubtful that any country can be considered totally safe.
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PostPosted: Mon May 10, 2021 8:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello Barry,

There are fewer people that I want to see good things happen to as I get older, but you, you are one of those people.
I'm so glad to see you safe and well, well, after avoiding a runaway camper at least Smile

I was going to take a guess at a land, sea and air culprit, but none of them was a stoat Wink


I would like to add, that your country showed how an island should deal with a pandemic, and compliment you on it.
I won't bore you with the details of how the blonde bumblecunt mismanaged ours.


I sincerely hope all you and yours are safe and well,
Tony


p.s. is there a spare key in the obvious place ? Smile
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Andrew Moray wrote:
Hello Barry,

There are fewer people that I want to see good things happen to as I get older, but you, you are one of those people.
I'm so glad to see you safe and well, well, after avoiding a runaway camper at least Smile

I was going to take a guess at a land, sea and air culprit, but none of them was a stoat Wink


I would like to add, that your country showed how an island should deal with a pandemic, and compliment you on it.
I won't bore you with the details of how the blonde bumblecunt mismanaged ours.



I sincerely hope all you and yours are safe and well,
Tony


p.s. is there a spare key in the obvious place ? Smile


Hey mate ... how goes it ?

Often think of that day out on The Lake Of Montieth along with Blankday & The Widows' Son ... best not to dwell on my
catch rate tho.

Given the confusion re the meet up arrangements that saw us looking for each other, passing each other several times
in the process, am not so sure I would be entirely comfortable leaving a spare key hidden anywhere & besides doubt if
you would manage to find it anyway no matter how explicit the instructions were !

PS the secret to enduring the pandemic is to keep busy. On the first day of our lockdown I managed to finish five books &
I can tell you that is a lot of coloring in !
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PostPosted: Wed May 12, 2021 3:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Barry

Bazza wrote:
Often think of that day out on The Lake Of Montieth along with Blankday & The Widows' Son ... best not to dwell on my
catch rate tho.

You have a good memory Wink

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not so sure I would be entirely comfortable leaving a spare key hidden anywhere & besides doubt if
you would manage to find it anyway no matter how explicit the instructions were !

Behind the mirror apparently..

Quote:
On the first day of our lockdown I managed to finish five books &
I can tell you that is a lot of coloring in !

Laughing Laughing


Seriously though, everyone safe and well ?

I assume the rivers got a chance to chill and regenerate a bit with less footfall ?.
What was that spread of weed you had few years back?, not been fishing much lately.
I remember it having the potential to cause quite a biodiversity disaster, rocksnot or the like, anglers were getting accused of spreading it on felt soles.
Was/has that been brought under control/managed ?


ATB Barry,
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Probably you are referring to didymo which did not end up being quite the disaster feared.

Actually the results have been totally confusing if not mysterious .... precautions such as
sterilizing boots & gear etc if moving between water is still encouraged but with far less emphasis because :-
(1) It was initially appeared in the Sth. Is in certain rivers & it was thought it would become more widespread
eventually becoming established in the North Is as well. However this has not happened & many of the effects
were quite weird such as where two rivers met one might be contaminated & the other not so in the meantime
it would appear the predicted disaster did not eventuate however vigilance remains.

Yeah all things considered & given our age comparatively still enjoying good health & remain reasonably active.

Guess your two boys are young adults by now ... regards to your Italian wife, trust she still allows you to go fishing
when you feel like it.

Seem to remember your considering paying a visit down under ... is that still a possibility when the pandemic is over
... or are there still a lot of mountains to climb ?

Best wishes from Barry & Dorothy.

Seriously though, everyone safe and well ?

I assume the rivers got a chance to chill and regenerate a bit with less footfall ?.
What was that spread of weed you had few years back?, not been fishing much lately.
I remember it having the potential to cause quite a biodiversity disaster, rocksnot or the like, anglers were getting accused of spreading it on felt soles.
Was/has that been brought under control/managed ?


ATB Barry,
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