For those traveling anglers in the know, New Zealand’s south island has some massive trout that are eating lots of mice and rats! These fish are exceptionally large to say the least! This “mouse year” was very isolated and quite patchy. But, to the educated angler these fisheries produced some of the largest fish of the season!
The overwhelming food source or “beech tree mast” phenomenon occurs in New Zealand roughly every 3-7 years. New Zealands already large trout reap the benefits of a boosted population increase of mice and rats due to the “mast seeding” that occurs from Beech trees “once in a blue moon” so to speak.
This “mouse year” has occurred twice in the past three years. I personally have experienced three “mouse years” in the past ten fishing seasons. At Custom Fly Fishing Consultants, we make the extra effort well in advance to make sure your precious time and efforts are spent on the best possible fishing available.
Believe it or not this phenomenon is actually predictable. This current “mouse year” (2011/12 fishing season) was predicted one year in advance. This hard earned information is what you should expect from your “special niche” fly fishing travel agent. Drop me a line and make sure you’re not missing out on the best fishing Alaska and New Zealand currently has to offer.