Dear Chris: sorry I have not been answering any of your emails of late. Been fishing. Dawn to dark, day after day. Moving around a lot north to south. Best salmon season ever. Not talking numbers or size, but diversity of conditions and new discoveries. Fishing flies intended for steelhead, Albacore and trout – and catching Chinook. Fishing single hand rods, spey rods, and switch rods; floating lines and super fast sinkers – all have their place given water conditions. Fishing in tide, in the bays, in rivers – and finding salmon in all. Never had a season like this. Never. throw out the book on flies and lines and places and retrieves and tides and flows. So much fun. Skunk days seeing fish were as memorable as the days when the fish cooperated. Shiny fish and dusky fish. Big fish and little Jacks. This is the time for South Coast chinook, right now. This year. Excuse me please, I’ll get back to you in January. You ought to re-send all your emails to me after the first of the year. Thanks for your understanding. Hope your time in NZ is half as good as mine is here. If so, you are grinning ear to ear.
Jay Nicholas, heading out at 5:29 AM, again.