September 2009

  • Sika Study Underway!!

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    A sika stag is now strutting his stuff resplendent in a bright new orange collar.  The radio-tracking collar was fitted earlier this week after the first stag was captured by helicopter operated net gun.  The three year old stag will now be tracked for the next two to three years of his life - which is how long the battery should last.  A further six stags of mixed ages will be captured during the next two weeks.  These stags form the basis of a joint research project based at Poronui, aimed at determining the movements of sika stags throughout their lifetime. 

    Sika deer were originally released in New Zealand at Poronui, and the property is a sika stronghold.  The results will assist the management of sika deer on Poronui and the adjoining Kaimanawa Forest Park.  If hunters shoot one of the stags during the study are requested to return the tracking collar to enable it to be used on another animal. 

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  • 2010 looming as the year of the mouse! 12 Sept 2009

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    A huge flowering of the native beech forest last summer, followed by a heavy seeding or beech mast year, has set the scene for the 2009-2010 season to be a “mouse year”.  The heavy seed fall provides tons of food for mice with the population exploding as it comes out of the winter.  Predictions from the NZ Department of Conservation indicated the seed fall could be as high as 16,000 seeds per square metre – this would be more than 10 cm thick if all of the seeds fell at one time.

    The mouse population explodes exponentially and with literally thousands of mice scurrying over the mulch floor many fall into or choose to swim across streams.  It does not take long for fish to key into the opportunity of these calorie-rich bite-size morsels.  Trout pile on the condition, adding literally inches to their girth - and the fishing is fabulous!!  The rotting beech seeds also boost the productivity of the high country waters, with freshwater invertebrates benefitting - and this adds still further feeding options for the lucky fish!  Once the supply of beech seeds are exhausted, the mouse population quickly plummets.

    A beech mast or mouse year seems to occur every 7 or 8 years and is talked about for a long time after the action has subsided.  Weather conditions also play a big part as too much rain raise mouse mortality levels.  At this stage though, with a warm early winter and lots of beech seed a great summer of the mouse seems likely on the waters of the central north island.  So give us a call - and come visit Poronui to check out the action! 

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  • The Klinkhammer Special, 3 September 2009

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    This is probably the best emerger pattern that I have ever come across. An emerger is a bit like an iceberg - some 90% of the fly is actually sub-surface.  The fly mimics the curved body angle of an insect nymph as it hangs below the surface of the water, just as it starts to emerge.  Fish find this irresistible! 

    If a hook company goes to the trouble of producing a special hook for this pattern that looks like the abdomen of a nymph, that says a lot in itself. As far as I am aware this fly is not available commercially so you will have to tie them yourself!

    [Andy Sheehan - you know what this fly can do…]

    This is not the easiest of patterns to tie, but here are some steps to help you along. You need to ensure the body color matches the color of local insects - this produces a dark-colored hairy fly that works well at Poronui.

    You need to have the following:

    Hook: Partridge Klinkhammer Extreme #12 - #18

    Wing Post: Poly Yarn

    Body: Dry fly dubbing brown, grey or green

    Thorax: Dry fly dubbing Black

    Hackle: Brown or Grizzle or both.

    Step 1. Tie in the wing post. Take turns of thread up the post itself - this will help secure a base for you to wind the hackle later. Then take the thread down to the base of the hook.

    Step 2. Dub the body up to the base of the wing post. Then tie in the hackle and take the thread to the eye of the hook.


    Step 3. Dub the thorax, making your way back to the wing post, and then take one turn of thread around the base of the post so the thread is now coming down the side of the fly closest to you.


    Step 4.Turn the hook in the vice and wind the hackle down the post. This is then tied off with three turns of thread around the base of the post. Next, whip finish around the base of the post, as this is easier than tying around the hook.


    Step 5: There you have it….good luck and don’t forget to check out the Poronui spring fishing package available now.   

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  • More on Val Atkinson, 2 September 2009

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    R. Valentine Atkinson is a travel and leisure photographer who specializes in angling and shooting sports worldwide. His work has appeared in Esquire, Field & Stream, Fly Fisherman, Gray's Sporting Journal, New York Times, Newsweek, Geo, Outside, Sierra, Sports Afield, Sunset, and Trout and Salmon.

    Internationally renowned outdoor photographer Val Atkinson caught his first trout on a fly rod at the age of seven, and that fish sparked a flame that still keeps him warm.  Thirty years ago he started taking a camera on fishing trips after realizing there was much more to angling than catching fish.

    Val has produced four books, which “ fulfill a dream of enabling me to share these passions with you. I've now traveled to 29 countries on assignments and I must confess that in recent years the challenge of making a really great image has started to transcend my desire to catch fish.”

    Atkinson specialises in the world of the fly fisherman.  He explains: "I'm a Pisces. I've always felt an affinity with water - you could say water is in my soul. When I'm shooting, it's like I see things with a double Pisces eye - the fish and the water."

    Most recently, Val has been in the Bahamas shooting stills for a movie called "Pirates of the Flats" about a group of celebrities who come together to fish for Bonefish and talk about conservation.

    Every year Val visits us to pick up a rod and fish some of the secret pools and eddies on Poronui.  And every year he puts down the rod and picks up a camera, capturing images of Poronui that we share with you on our website.  It is Val’s desire to share with others the passion he feels for both fly fishing and photography, that enables us to offer people an incredible opportunity to spend the weekend with him at Poronui this year in a photography workshop.  For more information on the Poronui Photography weekend with Val, click here.

    For more information about Val, visit his website   

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  • First Newsletter, 2 September 2009

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    Today we launched our first newsletter.  It’s been a while in the making, but we think it looks fantastic, the content is great, and more importantly it’s a regular link to all our friends.

    It’s our way of sharing some of the exciting events at Poronui.  Right now we have a great program of events coming up.  One of our popular wine and food weekends might be just the tonic to help break out from the clutches of winter. Check out the details here.

    We are fortunate to have worked with renowned outdoor photographer Val Atkinson over a number of years.  His visit this spring is particularly exciting as he has agreed to host a special workshop weekend.  This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone interested in fishing, photography and a great social time at Poronui.  More information can be found here.

    We would love your feedback on the content too.  Did you enjoy it? What other things are you interested in?  Do you like  our website or could it be improved?  Post your comments below, or email them direct to  Thanks for all your support and please come visit with us again soon! 


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