We have had an amazing week of calm clear weather around Lake Taupo. A couple of mornings got down below zero degrees Celsius but then the afternoons were absolutely stunning with lots of sun and little wind.
Although it really is the time of the year to be fly fishing up the rivers it can still be very pleasant to get out on Lake Taupo. One client from London only had a short amount of time so we whipped him out to catch his first ever Taupo trout with the mountains as a backdrop, and then a celebratory beer followed at Jolly Goodfellows pub overlooking the lake.
Local rivers had another good run of fresh rainbows heading up after the rains at the start of the week. As the good weather has continued through the week the waterlevels have come down again and the trout have greater visibility. When the sun is out nymphing tends to work well, with small egg patterns in the morning being replaced by smaller naturals as the sun moves higher during the day.
Try small size #12 or #14 Hares ears, Green Caddis, Flash back PTN’s, Cadillacs and the trusty Prince Nymph. These are good options in clearer, brighter conditions. If the going gets really tough and the water even lower then try changing to lighter tippets and down to #16s and see if they make a difference – you may be pleasantly surprised.
The Waitahanui was the pick of rivers at the start of the week with some big strong browns landed and many fat fresh rainbows. Later in the week the fly fishing has become more challenging but the fish are still there. The Tongariro had a similar scenario with some great fishing early in the week especially for those wetliners who were willing t get up in the dark and cold and get out early on the river. The most successful wet flies were dark coloured Rabbits and Woolly Buggers.
The Taupo weather forecast for the weekend is sun and wind which isn’t so great but rain developing Sunday evening and all Monday so fingers crossed this will be enough to send another run of trout up the rivers. There are also the river-mouths to try as well if you find the rivers too clear as you will find some great conditioned trout hanging round the lake edge this time of year.
Tight Lines till next week.