Spring Creeks July 28th 2012

The annual Fly Fishing Cup competition is set for Saturday 28 July on the beautiful Waihou River near Putaruru.

This trip is aimed at anglers of all levels of experience and is intended to be a fun day. Experienced anglers can take the opportunity to pass on some of their knowledge to novice anglers. Even better if the experienced folks team up with a novice for some on-stream help.




We will assemble at the Whites Road car park at 0830 hours. If traveling south on SH 1 Whites Road is on your left hand side just before you get to Putaruru. Alternatively, if traveling south on SH 5, turn right on to SH28 (Whites Road). If you go over the Waimakariri River Bridge, you have gone too far south!




There is no charge for this trip.




The plan is to get started from 0900 hours on Saturday morning, fish until 1200 noon, have a lunch break and then restart from 1.00 P.M. until 4.00 P.M.


The day will go ahead rain or shine since it takes a huge amount of rain to render this river un-fishable.




Many of the Club members will have fished the Waihou before. For those who have not, you will find the majority of fish and of which there are very many (mostly Rainbows) are under 30 cm and occasionally very substantial fish in the range of 3 - 4 kg are caught. Waihou fish are very quick so concentration and application is the key to success. The river is usually gin-clear, very cold and fast flowing. Waders and a wading stick are highly recommended along with Polaroid glasses


The Waihou is often the venue for competition sport fishing because of its easy access and consistently good fishing.




This competition will operate on similar rules to a sport fly-fishing competition.


• No indicators – you can use a dry fly; Wet lining; dry fly; dry fly/nymph; standard nymphing and Euro


nymphing techniques are permitted


• All flies must be dressed


• No bead head shall be larger than 4 mm – you can use multiple nymphs


• No braid leaders


• Barbless hooks – squeeze down the barbs before the day – greatly aids fish survival after release


• Catch – measure - release


• Fish must be landed in a net


• Only fish over 18 cm count


Since we will not have independent controllers available you will need your own tape measure to record each fish caught – the Two Dollar shop sells them if you don’t have one already. You will be given a record sheet to record your catch. The competition will rely on your integrity to record each catch accurately.


Fish are best measured in your net and released as quickly as possible. The angler with the greatest aggregate length of the largest THREE fish caught will be the winner. The Waihou has no bag limit for fish under 30 cm. A limit of two fish over 30 cm applies.


For safety reasons, anglers will fish in pairs – although reasonable distance apart. You can team up with a friend. Anyone not teamed up will go in a ballot to be teamed up with some one for the day.




You will need to bring your own lunch, snacks and drinks for the day.


Do let us know by email to trips@afac.org.nz" target="_blank">trips@afac.org.nz if you are competing so we have an idea of numbers.




Thanks and tightlines!