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We’ve had some good heavy rain over the last few days and nights which will get more fish moving, along with the extra flow in the Tongariro river from the recreational releases. You can see river flow graphs on our river flow page here. Before the rain, conditions have been low and clear and rivers like the Tauranga-Taupo and Waitahanui have been quite difficult for many.
Over the last few years the Department of Conservation reports have shown the majority of trout, particularly Rainbows, don’t move into the Taupo rivers until September and later. This makes Spring fly fishing some of the best in the year as there are more fresh fish, often fewer anglers, and the days are a little longer and a little warmer.
With higher flows the wet-liners have been doing well on the Tongariro, with the usual flies being green and brown Woolly Buggers and size 8 red Rabbit also getting results. When the flow is up remember to fish the fringes of pools before charging in past your knees. We have guided novices many times who have been unable to cast far but have hooked trout in close when the water was slightly murky. If the river is racing then trout are naturally going to seek the most economical flows with least resistance so they can preserve energy. The town pools on the Tongariro fished well on Saturday and those fish will have moved up further, whilst fresh runs will have come in over night. This is good news as it means there are fresh run trout all through the river. If you have a favourite pool then get there and have a crack. If you are unsure then try the Bain or Swirl pools down lower, or up round Red Hut are good choices. If you are nymphing test out the size of Glo-Bugs you use in these conditions as you may be surprised that a larger size attracts the fresh runners.
Local Taupo and Turangi fly fishing waters are still very hit and miss at the moment with low clear conditions. We keep getting promises of rain but they never eventuate to much so we only get very inconsistent and small runs. We need some real big heavy downpours to last for a few days and get the water table higher, then we might get some proper runs. Looking at last year this was around the end of July so it will be interesting to see what happens this year.
When the runs do happen though there have been some very good quality fish being caught, just a case of being Johnny on the spot !! Our pick of the week would be the Waitahanui as some fresh fish headed up last weekend and as we noted earlier there are some stonkers in there, but as always hard to land. As the moon gets less the fishing at the Rip should improve too. There is no question a lot of good fish are waiting to run so get out there after work at change of light with a white or orange Boobie and you might snag a screamer.
The rains have come!! Hallelulah!!
Fly fishing in local Taupo rivers over the last few weeks has been a bit unpredictable. Compared to this time last year the Waitahanui has been quiet, and fish have moved through the Tongariro and not always held where expected. The river mouths were even a little tough and daytime clear conditions made it more difficult for beginners on local rivers.
This all changed during the week when the rains came and got loads of trout heading upstream. While we feel sorry for parts of New Zealand that were damaged by strong winds, for Taupo the rain was a welcome relief for fly fishers and the wider community.
Well it has been an amazing summer and we have had little time in front of the computer, but we do have a whole stash of new fishing stories to tell and some new friends we have made. While many Kiwis would say it hasn’t been the best summer weather-wise, it has been great for fly fishing with lots of smelt in Lake Taupo and loads of big fat noisy cicadas in the trees on the riverbanks.
The cold snap and rain last week may have been enough to stop the cicadas, but they are still worth a try with a small natural nymph dropper such as a size 14 Hare’s Ear. After three months of munching them, some trout will still have a reflex reaction when they see a big dark shadow float down their food line. Any big bushy impersonation will work as an attractor, but if you tie on a nymph dropper then a foam Cicada will give you more flotation than a deer hair pattern.
The cicadas have been out singing on the last few warmer days. They are a terrible distraction when you have to mow the lawns or dig the garden and you wish you were down on the river casting a cicada imitation to a big Brown trout!
Taupo has had some wacky weather over the last week, with rain followed by very hot spells, and a couple of big thunder storms with dramatic lightening shows.
As we have reported earlier, there are tonnes of smelt in the lake at the moment and you can have a lot of fun walking the shoreline looking for ‘boil-ups’ as the sea fishermen call them. We don’t get the diving Gannets but you will see trout carving through the middle of the schools of smelt. If you have a kayak or boat get out and drift and cast to them. Anywhere from Waitahanui up to Wharewaka point is a good starting point.
We’ve had such a great start to the summer season that many are saying it feels like late January fishing instead of late November.
There are more smelt around than we’ve seen in about five years and most fish caught on the lake edges are chock full of them. Walk around Boat Harbour or the local boat ramps and you can see big schools of smelt and the trout carving through them like supercharged mini-Tarpon.
The local Taupo fly fishing is going great with lots of fish now looking up for smaller dries. There are no Terrestrials yet but we are hearing Cicadas everywhere which is awesome and there are lots of Green Beetles being seen and Brown Beetles in the evenings. The humid weather has been great for the Caddis hatches with this humid calm weather at the start of last week. There were some beautiful fish caught last week on the Tongariro in the evenings, with some good Brownies over five pounds coming in.
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