A fresh came through the Taupo system a week ago bringing new spawning trout up all rivers, but since then conditions have been low and clear. Today (Sunday) was stunning with sun and little wind but with low and clear water you need longer lighter leaders, smaller flies, and more stalking. If you find low clear conditions hard then try fishing the last two hours before dark when many pools lose the sun. The upper Hinemaia is a good option for this.
If you have the flexibility to time your fly fishing after rains just when the rivers are receding you can have an amazing time. If like most anglers you have to book ahead then it comes down to more a matter of luck with your timing.
There is rain forecast for four of the next five days around Lake Taupo so arriving in Taupo or Turangi to fish next Thursday for a few days could be a good option, if the weather does as it has been forecast.
As we have noted in earlier reports, there have been better than average early runs of trout, and this means now we are getting spent fish returning downstream. This dark specimen was landed on Sunday on the Hinemaia.
The Tongariro River has been consistently delivering some good quality fish including a number of big Brownies. Try wetlining with big dark Conies and Woolly Buggers for these bigger fish first thing in the morning. You may get frozen rod tips, sore fingers and chilled ears but that is soon forgotten when your reel screams and its all on. Its great this year to see more anglers trying Double handers for wet lining the Tongariro now and seeing just how easy and productive the method can be. We have just filmed a Czech Nymphng tutorial which we’ll post soon and we’ll be doing one on using Double Handers too.
The Waitahanui is also still having very good numbers of Rainbows going through at the moment. If you want to target some of the bigger Brownies you’ll need to walk further upstream as most have moved through now.
The river mouth fishing has been patchy this week with Westerlies sending waves in and a big moon as well. The Tongariro Delta has been good from a boat early in the mornings with fat rockets being landed, while the Tauranga Taupo has been the best option for those wading. As the moon wanes the night fishing at mouths such as the Waitahanui should improve, especially if trout are congregating as the barometer drops.
Tight lines till next time.