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Christmas Riding and Fishing Trip

After a hectic period winding up work for 2012 it was time to pack the bike with fishing gear and head off for a few days. The trip started off with a few KB riders before I ventured off solo chasing fish, exploring new rivers and roads.

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Transapler, Paul and myself heading off from Karamea in the rain - Karamea Highway
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We met up with Mr Crim at Waimangaroa and headed into the Denniston to New Creek track
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Mount William Stream
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Mount William Stream
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At the Mackley River we bumped into a friendly chap out hunting, he gave us a hand getting the bikes across the swollen Mackley and I gave him a hand dragging a goat across for him!
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A swollen Mackley River
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.chris in the Rainbow Road
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Rainbow Road
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Rainbow Road
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Mr Crim on the Rainbow Road
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Camping up for the night - Photo courtesy of .chris from his South Island ride
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Heading out for a fish in the morning
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Heading up a small tributary
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A beautiful brown hen that launched herself at a small nymph first cast
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Stunning water
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A very selective brown that finally came to the net after about 8 fly changes
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Edwards Pass, heading to Christchurch to catch up with family for Christmas
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In Chch with the mischievous cat Chloe keen for a ride
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Heading south and a fence lined with pig skins
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Myers Pass
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Myers Pass
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A misty trip through Danseys Pass
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Camping up for the night in the Hennessay Hammock
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This hare sat in front of this river for a good few minutes contemplating before taking the plunge and splashing across
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The king of all rabbit burrows overlooking the lake
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The day was spent walking around the outside of this lake with an ample supply of small browns
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The lake had an endless supply of small browns around the 1/2 to 1 lb mark, 12 came to the net by midday on a mixture of dries and nymphs, this was one of them being sent back on its way
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Coming up and out of Omarama Saddle
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This day was spent racking up 14km on the hoofs up this magic river
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The river did not hold large fish however the rainbows were in great nick and fought like champions for their small size
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Stopping in at Lake Tekapo to have a bite to eat before heading back and racing the rain home