This is the most common form of guiding where angler(s) and
guide walk a section of a particular river hunting for trout. Generally not much
more than 4 kilometres is walked up stream and then back to the vehicle. The distance
is determined by the amount of fish or the physical ability of the angler.
This option is where the angler(s) are rowed down a section
of the Rangitikei River moving from pool to pool again searching for trout. This
option removes the issue of walking all day. Jim Rainey does the rafting and is
a qualified grade 3 river guide. He has been rafting this river for fifteen years
and employs a "safety first" concept. The raft trip is merely a mode
of transport from pool to pool rather than a "thrill seeking" day.
Multi-day raft fishing trips are also available, starting high on the river and
rafting/fishing your way down. This is a great way to explore the more remote
areas, with all camping gear & food supplied.
Although there is naturally an element of risk involved, Jim's experience will
ensure that all care is taken, and such risks are minimised.
These days, although relatively expensive, enable the angler to get into water
not normally frequented by other people. The chances of getting into more undisturbed
fish are greatly increased. Jim has private access to some of the best fly fishing
water available in the central North Island.
This can be done with either the raft or helicopter or on foot.
Usually we would go into remote areas for up to 5 days and camping out in tents
adds another dimension to the angling experience.
We operate from November to April.
The start of the season generally finds hungry fish for both
nymphs and dries. Dobsonfly and Stonefly are common along with caddis and mayfly.
Generally nymphing is the best option but there can be some surface activity especially
on warmer days.
Green and Brown Beetles are starting to appear and it can be rewarding using an
imitation along grassy banks and Manuka bushes. Again nymphs are a good option,covering
most species of insects,and blowflies and humpys are actively sort out by fish
on the prowl.
Beetles are still going and near the end of the month cicadas start appearing.
This is a great imitation to use as the trout can become totally focused on the
Cicadas. Water temperature is starting to heat up so for the trout not going to
the surface there are some that stay near the bottom and enticing them with heavy
nymphs can be rewarding.
Basically Cicadas are the main weapon used and there can be some savage takes.
Last year, during a three week period of guiding, I used nothing but cicadas and
The days are shortening and the cicads have nearly finished and so the nymph box
gets a bit more use. I find the trout have become pretty "sick" of imitations
and so the use of smaller nymphs and emerging patterns becomes a better method.
The use of them on their own or under a dry fly is the best way but as with all
months presentation gets very important.
As the trout start "thinking" of their spawning runs they can become
single focused on one food source and the challenge is to pick it. Generally they
are in good condition and there can be some great action with some heavy fish.