|Mike Gee with a beautiful Mystery Creek rainbow around the 5.5lb mark|
There are plenty of stories about the wonders of sight casting to big New Zealand trout, and the joys of heli-fishing in remote wilderness country, but can the average flyfisher actually cut it or is it really a level too high. Sydney husband and wife team, MIKE GEE and GEORGINA SWAN, took up up the challenge. This is part two of a three-part feature.
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DAY TWO dawned as a perfect blue sky day for heli-fishing. Our destination was a river known throughout the Taupo region as ‘Mystery Creek’ – a 15-minute chopper ride from Poronui. Craig promised sight fishing to big rainbows. Better still – it hadn’t been fished for seven weeks.
|Mystery Creek from the air|
|Mike stalks - and catches ... a scale|
|Georgina Swan hooks the first trout|
|Hard to pick who was happiest .. our guide Craig Aspinall or Georgina|
Her third rainbow – on a hare’s ear beadhead from Australia – was taken from a corner pool. This time the drift was much deeper so Craig changed the tippett length and put on a slightly larger beadhead.
|Georgina plays out her second fish|
In the meantime, my casting had taken a turn for the better and I’d lost another fish by the narrowest of margins.
|And this beauty was her third|
|Mike celebrates his Mystery Creek rainbow|
|Mike fished with an Orvis Helios #5 |
Tip Flex with an Orvis Mirage #5 reel
... the rod suits my casting action
and both are extra light
it was a fitting end to a day that lived up to everything we had heard about heli-fishing in New Zealand. It isn't cheap but it is worth every cent. A fly fishing must! And all of the trout we caught are still out there waiting for you.
|Mike and Georgina at the end of an outstanding day's fishing|