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Mythbusters – Excuses or fishy trends

Too windy, not windy enough, wrong wind direction. Too bright, too dull, too wet, too dry: excuses—or are they? Farmers and fishing guides have two things in common: firstly, they’re both in the weather everyday, working with Mother Nature. Secondly, both groups will tell you that the animals in their lives all react differently according to subtleties and vagaries of wind direction, atmospheric pressure and lunar cycles. In the case of fishing guides and experienced anglers, you can add a list of hatch and water level factors to the nuances of Mother Nature, vagaries which become plausible excuses at the end of a tough day. After the question of weather patterns and their affects on fishing came up on the FlyLife internet forum, I thought it might be a good time to do a bit of myth-busting with the aid of my fishing diary.

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New Zealand's Mataura River

by Ian Puller

If you have ever fished NZ, desired to fish NZ or are going to fish NZ the Mataura River is a "must visit" river. It is a dry fly fisher's dream, but other methods are also tolerated and successful. In writing this book describing the beautiful Mataura River in Southland, Ian Pullar has raised the bar for a book of this type.

Ian has presented the reader with a near mile-by-mile description of a dynamic river system that includes all but a very few of the originally recognized fishing access points. In so doing, he has managed to capture the moods of the river and its surroundings in a manner that is both informative and entertaining. By including maps and wonderful images, Ian has also succeeded in enhancing the reader's journey down this world renowned trout stream. This is much more than a mere guide book. Indeed, Ian has managed to produce a valuable work that is useful for planning a trip, but also designed to be carried to the river in the glove box of the car as a working reference tool at the streamside.
Softcover $45

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