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Heading North Riding and Flyfishing

A fantastic adventure ride/fishing trip through the central/top end of the South Island. The weather was very generous delivering a run of blue sky and windless days, even at the end when it was meant to pack up it stayed warm and dry. New tracks were ridden, new places explored, fish were caught and released, and many new places scratched down for future trips. Here are a few photos…

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Hitting the Molesworth on a perfect day, warm, sun shining, couldn't ask for better
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The first fish of the trip spotted, no time to pull out the fly rod and gear up though, too many K's to be done on day 1
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Out through Blenheim heading to Karamea
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Fading sun over the Buller
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The first day out fishing had numerous spiders out spinning their webs, on went a spider imitation fly pattern and success soon followed
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First fish caught and released on the trip, a nice 3 1/2 pound Brown Jack
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Heading up the Karamea River track
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Its some tough going rock hopping for hours on end, but the views up the Karamea River are totally worth it, needless to say the fishing water
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A beautiful 4 pound Brown Jack that put up a great fight before being gently set on his way
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The world renowned Karamea Nikau Palms
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The end of the road, as far north on the West Coast you can go... without getting wet
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Mokihinui River
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Heading over to Denniston for the Denniston to New Creek track
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Low water levels made the Mackley River a breeze to cross, a little over axle height
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Fly camping on the Mackley River
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Value for money, there is simply nothing better than a nice warm camp fire
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I stopped in for an hour or so to watch some MX racing
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Heading to Lake Hochstetter
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Lake Hochstetter
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Sun setting over Lake Hochstetter
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Early morning misty colours while releasing a fish
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Lady Lake, always picturesque
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Three browns out feeding on the remarkably coloured Crooked
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Lake Poerua
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Heading home to Chch, back to work =(