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PostPosted: Thu Apr 29, 2010 7:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great reading this bazza.

Although I hope you dont have to stay in Greymouth too long. Grey by name and nature.....

Although the brewery is good fun.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 29, 2010 9:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

mikeh wrote:
Great reading this bazza.

Although I hope you dont have to stay in Greymouth too long. Grey by name and nature.....

Although the brewery is good fun.


Yeah MH ......... agree it can be dismal at times ...... but I actually have grown to like the
place & the West Coasters in particular. Am sure you will agree to their credit they have
their own special identity & rather unique way of doing things.

One thing for sure ...... altho they can be very reticent or guarded even, towards non Coasters,
( Aucklanders' in particular ) if you are fortunate enough to make a friend of one, then you have
a friend for life ..... BUT ....likewise if ...... heaven forbid you are unfortunate enough to make an
enemy.

Yes managed to find an auto electrician who altho busy said he would look at it that afternoon &
in true West Coaster fashion was good as his word. Called back latish afternoon & altho we had
anticipated a alternator problem, he had identified a breakdown in the splitter system that as best
I could understand, determines the appropriate direction of charging betwen the house & truck
battery. It appears the truck battery had not been charging adequately & had been relying mostly
on its' original power which had finally been exhausted. He had "tweeked" things to make the system
operational & had put the battery on charge for several hours previously. He advised that we should
have no more trouble for the rest of the trip & beyond but was not 100% perfect so should look at
fitting an electronic control system sometime.

Not only did he remedy the problem but the charge for doing so was quater that expected so made it
cash & tossed in a bit extra.

Re Montieths ....... agree it can be fun ..... but since being taken over by the big boys is more of a touristy
thing & sadly the product is not much different to the bulk producers ..... likewise Speights ...... which
once had a distinctive Otago regional identifying character, is now brewed in Ch/Ch or Ak. lacking any real
uniqueness but selling sucessfully thru rather clever advertising.

Cheers

BTW are you or were you once a Kiwi?
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 29, 2010 12:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Real shame to hear about Montieths and Speights going a bit mass market. I did find about 4 breweries around Nelson which was the best i found.

Greymouth was wet and rainy when i was there so never had the greatest impression. However the hostel owner was a local and gave us his family room as we were soaked and had no where to stay, so agree on their friendliness.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 29, 2010 2:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

O.K. with the confidence m/h would start if we were somewhere remote we set off again, but
before starting out celebrated my 70th. that evening. ( am sure you will agree don't look a day
over 75. Furthermore you my notice we are being very reserved as stated.



Given we had several delays that had not been anticipated & was we had to decide would we
push on to fish in Southland which had been a priority or stay in this area. After much deliberation
was decided because of the amount of time & travel that would be involved to very reluctantly
forgo visiting Southland as less had less than a week before he flew out from Christchurch.
The Arnold river near Nth of Greymouth was as usual kind to me yeilding 4 or 5 trout, but Les
was less enthusiastic about fishing its tannin stained water so moved on in the direction of Hokitika
on the back road of Lake Brunner. Camped by the Crooked river which was running gin clear &
once again wekas joined us at breakfast.



Drove around Lake Kaniere ( holds trout & perch etc. ) the next day, was very scenic drive &
this is Dorothy falls with a stream that flows into the lake.


We went to Hokitika & called in to say hello to Tracy our niece. Kerry her husband arranged
arranged for us to fish Harris Creek on a friends land which is a clear spring creek holding large
easily spotted but wary fish.





To be cont ........
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 29, 2010 7:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some pics of fishing Harris Creek ........ wonder why they call some rivers
creeks in the Sth. Is. ...... creeks are usually thought of as tending towards
being small & muddy ........ imo at least but maybe I am wrong about that.







Shortly after this pic was taken, had the best laugh in a long time .... Les was
casting to a sighted fish concentrating to such an extent forgot he was perched
virtually on the edge of the bank & moved forward a fraction. There was a mighty
splash as he dropped vertically into water which is much deeper than it looks in
places. All that could be seen for a couple of seconds was his hat on the surface
& a half a rod poking upwards out of the water. Was the funniest thing I had seen
since grandma got her tit caught in the wringer ........ was laughing so much for so
long, forgot about taking a pic.




For whatever reason the water seemed to change colour but can surely only be because the
colour of the stream bed as was upstream of the clearer water also as far as we went.

Made our way back to Greymouth the next day where Les wanted to take the trans scenic
train over Arthurs Pass to Ch/Ch where he was flying from back to Cairns the next day.
It was his choice even tho I had scheduled to do in the m/h as had arranged to collect
my wife who was flying in to Ch/Ch in a couple of days time.

Am off in an hour or so on a mini safari for a few days fishing so will be a bit of a break
in these posts.

Meanwhile would be very grateful to anyone that can give advice on how to post a single
frame from a short video clip or alternatively how to put them to youtube then post a link.
As previously they were taken in video format in error but getting very close to a point
they will be relevant to post.

PM or e-mail bardot@xtra.co.nz if preferred.

Thanks

P.S. how did they mistakenly get shot in video mode ? ....... a clue to that lies in this post
stating was about to collect my wife who was joining in the trip for a couple of weeks now
that Les had left.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 29, 2010 8:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Excellent stuff Barry.
Thanks for taking the time to put it together.

I think I may have to give NZ the edge in scenery, but only just Very Happy


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 29, 2010 8:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Andrew Moray wrote:
Excellent stuff Barry.
Thanks for taking the time to put it together.

I think I may have to give NZ the edge in scenery, but only just Very Happy


Tony


Some pics coming up later Tony that should remind you very much of Scotland.

Cheers mate


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 30, 2010 7:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

O.K. Due to an unexpected delay in departure ( Sounds like BA ) we can probably
post the next sequence providing consuming a bottle of homemade Pinot Gris with
dinner does not preclude coherence.

The reason for the delay ......... despite previous accolades on this thread, am almost too embarrassed
to mention ............... but seeing as you so much want to know ....... when all set to take off after
attending to all the other things like ....... packing, cooking gas, water etc. etc. the bloody motor
would not start, not even a flicker !!!

Of course according to Murphys' law the jump start unit that may have proved a salvation was
in the garage & I had locked up then exited via the garage by ducking underneath the descending
roller doors as I usually do.

I then found myself locked out of my own house .... with my wagon locked inside & a no start m/home
parked outside. Was then I found short of breaking a window ( must admit was sorely tempted ) just
how intruder proof the house was & of course according to Murphys' Law at such a time your mobile
phone advises "insufficient battery power"

Finally managed to gain ingress ( I believe that is the legal term ) to the house ( best not to mention
how ) have hopefully re charged everything & will get away in the morning.

Meantime here is the next update :-

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Cont .......
Spent the next day on my lonesome fishing & exploring various rivers such as these .....
around the Hokitiki region .... sorry cannot find the pics ... maybe later.

This will have to do instead ...... river was opposite this herd of cows which is one
of the largest I have seen .... there were at least twice as many as shown in the two
pics below. Apparently the bull that looks after all of these ladies is as a result now
stone deaf & has viagra ground into his feed supplement each day.


before setting out for Ch/Ch via Arthurs pass where I had an overnight halfway stop
where Kea's aka native mountain parrots were encountered, they are cheeky little
"barstools" renowned for being hell bent on mischief & destruction. In short order one
had cut thru the backstrap of a pair of crocs with its' razor sharp beak when I was working
on re glueing abrasion pads to the boat holding straps ...... & while I was chasing him away
another couple dashed out from under the m/home to run off with my pkt of contact adhesive ...
screwdriver & roll of heavy adhesive of tape.




Making a bit of a mess of this .... best I resume when sober




Ah ha finally found the pic of the Styx river ( in Westland ) that I was looking for.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 30, 2010 7:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Did you have much trouble with the Kea's?

I had real trouble in my tent......they chewed all the guy lines and the zip off.

Then when sat on top of a mountain near Te Anau, I had one do a dance in front of me, while another snuck round to my side to try and pinch my snack. Lovely birds, but too intelligent for their own good sometimes.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 30, 2010 8:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

mikeh wrote:
Did you have much trouble with the Kea's?

I had real trouble in my tent......they chewed all the guy lines and the zip off.

Then when sat on top of a mountain near Te Anau, I had one do a dance in front of me, while another snuck round
to my side to try and pinch my snack. Lovely birds, but too intelligent for their own good sometimes.


Yeah Mike ........ they are wily barstools indeed ..... unfortunately largely encouraged by tourists who find
their antics "kinda cute" until they find they have decimated their windscreen wiper blades & rubber window
seals.

Maybe they were politicians in another life .... now re incarnated.

Cheers

P.S. how did you find the sandflies in places?
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 30, 2010 11:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bazza wrote:
mikeh wrote:
Did you have much trouble with the Kea's?

I had real trouble in my tent......they chewed all the guy lines and the zip off.

Then when sat on top of a mountain near Te Anau, I had one do a dance in front of me, while another snuck round
to my side to try and pinch my snack. Lovely birds, but too intelligent for their own good sometimes.


Yeah Mike ........ they are wily barstools indeed ..... unfortunately largely encouraged by tourists who find
their antics "kinda cute" until they find they have decimated their windscreen wiper blades & rubber window
seals.

Maybe they were politicians in another life .... now re incarnated.

Cheers

P.S. how did you find the sandflies in places?


Yeah I saw one ripping through a convertible car roof....nothing cute about that!!

Sand flies were a real pain, the worst I had them was in the Rees/Dart River area when hiking. We had no skin exposed as we got eaten alive. Thats why it was always nicer to be tramping in the mountains....less sand flies.

Your pictures are really making me want to go back for another visit, but this time with the waders and rod, and not the walking boots. I could also remove a few of the crusaders rugby fans at the same time Wink)
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 30, 2010 4:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here are some pics of Arthurs Pass the alpine pass joining The West Coast at
Greymouth to Christchurch on the East coast.







At the lookout point at this viaduct there are some pics displayed of the early days of this terrain
being traversed by stage coach when only tracks existed & few if any bridges. It continues climbing
at an ever increasing gradient for much further than can be seen in this pic.

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There are fishing rivers in & around these areas but generally fairly formidable access ..... unless
ultra fit, the lakes are probably a better proposition ...... in any event weather permitting you are
assured of some stunning albeit rugged scenery.

Should be a lot more pics but cannot find them .... if I do will post some later


Oops ....... think the last pic could be Nth. Westcoast on the way to Karamea so will probably appear
again later when we get up to there.

Rather foolishly ( does not sound like me ) never kept a diary or any records of pics, dates or sequence
of events. Am relying solely on memory which at my age is far from infallible so some minor errors are
almost bound to happen.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 30, 2010 8:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Arrived in Christchurch & met the Madame Director of the War Office & we set off down
the Coast stopping overnight just before Geraldine ........ was a rather stunning sunset.

.



A friendly local & fellow m/homer called to say hello next morning, was in the course
of conversation I happened to ask him if he knew how/where to inflate the inner tyre
on the rear duals. Was on investigation that it was completely blown & the inner tube
had moved around the rim taking the filler dodacky with it. So decided it was essential
that it be replaced asap & called in to a tyre place in Geraldine. They thought they could
easily source a 2nd hand tyre so would make sense to use the brand new spare on the
M/h & the other as a spare, so they set out to do so. Was then it was found that the
strengthening brackets I had added to the boat carrier frame did not allow the wind down
handle to lower the spare so would not have been able access the spare had we wanted to
short of a major disassemble. Only requires lengthening of the winding handle by welding
in a short section of heavy wall spacer tube & intended doing so asap.
OMG have just realised that with everything now fully charged & about to set out in the
m/home for a few days fishing have NOT attended to it yet despite leaving it out on the floor
where it can be tripped on to remind me.

So is now off to Tekapo where I managed to catch a couple of salmon ........ but those pics
are in video mode


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PostPosted: Sat May 01, 2010 3:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote


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These video clips appear courtesy of none other than our revered leader Chris.

He kindly posted them on my behalf for me to add some narrative.

He had no way of knowing which sequence they occurred so I will number them
accordingly. Please forgive the quality of the clips but as already mentioned they
were meant to be still shots but were unknowingly taken in video mode.

Thanks again Chris

Above clip of Dorothy (swmbo) holding the first salmon caught = 3


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Video clip 4

Landing the second salmon

Trout are present in the canal as well & the guy seen rushing down to help
land it caught a 26lb rainbow some time back & that is by no means the
largest that has been taken. ( Yes 26lb & a couple of others there verified it )

Re the fishing .... you will notice the methods are far from sporting as we purist
flyfishos like to think they should be, however to be fair the rate of water flow
basically rules out flyfishing unless you are expert enough to catch on a two
second drift & even would struggle spinfishing a metal lure.

The method used mostly is more of a seafishing rig IE 3 or 4oz sinker to hold rig on
the bottom then one or two ledger type traces above with a hook baited with shrimp
( from supermarket ), raw chicken, huhu grubs (large pupa found in rotten logs) or
a small plastic softbait etc. All a bit puzzling considering none of those would be normally
encountered in a fishes normal diet .... nevertheless they seem to work.

We had not intended to fish, only went for a look & found most spaces opposite each
pontoon ( maybe 20 or so in total ) was occupied by someone fishing from the shelter
of their vehicle, with the rod set in a holder. We pulled up in one of the few if not the only
vacant spot opposite the farm admin buildings, shop etc. Shortly after the guy in the space
next door caught a salmon & also some else a bit further down & I thought to myself
"how pathetic". The guy next door released his for at 4 to 5 lbs he considered not worth
keeping as each person only allowed a total of two salmon & four trout per day.

About 15 mins later he landed another, a bit bigger this time but he gave it away to a passing
sightseer .... then continued fishing altho strictly speaking any fish not returned to the water
should count towards your quota.

Anyway .... seeing fish being caught did it for me .... proving how readily a self styled purist
can be corrupted when others are catching fish .... by grabbing one of my sea fishing rods &
setting it up to fish. Did not have any of the bait others were using so tied on a small plastic
softbait. As already mentioned, could not figure why we had scored what appeared to be a prime
spot ..... but found the answer to that on my first cast. The accepted technique seemed to be ....
cast upstream as close as possible to a barge without tangling on the railings, which I attempted
only to find my seemingly "prime spot" had two diagonal steadying cables running from the barge
to the shore ( can be vaguely seen in vid clip ) My bait wound around one of these cables however
managed to get it back but had to be ultra accurate with casts from thereon to avoid the cables.

Set the rod in the door hinge of the m/h & like the others retreated out of the boisterous wind to
the shelter of the m/h to settle down with a beer or two. Whenever a down draft from the snowclad
Sthern. Alps occurs in that region it tends to gravitate towards the canal where in similar fashion to
a hurricane it can feed off the water to gather intensity. This is what was happening on this day &
whilst nowhere like hurricane strength was very boisterous with a distinct chill factor hence the added
layer of clothing. Not long after beginning to get comfortable the relative tranquility was disturbed
by a bent rod losing line.

The salmon caught here are almost totally escapees from the cages identifiable by the worn down
lower section of their tail fin from rubbing on the netting. Altho free to swim the length of the canal
many tend to return to the vicinity of the cages to feed on the anchovy pellets (from Chile) that fall
thru the netting at feed times.

O.K. not the most sporting of methods I agree, but very productive & taste much better than their
farmed counterparts ..... more of a more natural less rich flavour ...... probably due to far more
exercise & varied diet.

This pet monkey belonging to the salmon farm reckoned it was a bloody cold wind as well !!!



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