It’s been wet and nasty this spring at Cedar Lodge on the South Island of New Zealand. According to most of the long time residents in the Makarora area there hasn’t been a spring like this in nearly 20 years. We have struggled at times with high water and have already experienced more “no fly” days than we had all of last season. Our most productive fishing days have been when the mid day temps have crept up enough to get the mayflies and Manuka Beetles going. New Zealand is an amazing fishing destination and when the wind and rain have stopped for a day or two we have had some really nice fishing.
New at the lodge this year is a dedicated “school house” for the kids, a large chicken run for our egg laying friends, a new mower and a repaired tractor. Our landscaping is taking hold in a nice way and the native trees and plants we planted are maturing nicely. The five hole golf course is in as fine a shape as ever. The garden, both in the tunnel house and raised beds is prolific. All is lined up for a nice season ahead.
It’s been great having many return guests this spring at the lodge. While they have a great understanding of the unpredictability of weather in our area, it never seems to lessen the frustration and helplessness I feel when our fishing options are limited by weather and water conditions. Our new clients have also been very understanding and have been so positive when we have been in “scratch it out” mode.
Our last week of the “pre Christmas” season was much anticipated by the kids. The Hopkins family of 5(3 kids 11,13,14) was coming. Returners Rob Masonis of the Wild Steelhead Initiative and Stuart Alsop joined them. With much in common the group was at home together immediately and the week flew by. All three kids would heli to fish and hike during the day and upon return they would play hard until dark with my kids. By the end of the week all the kids were “knackered” and ready for a rest.
We had some fun times this week but I thought I would share one in particular. Ashley Hopkins captured her son Trip and I stalking, battling and eventually catching a beauty of a brown trout.
A few more fun shots from Cedar this year.