Flyfishing around Taupo has been hard over the last couple of weeks due to the lack of rain. We have seen the odd days having showers and a couple of times the forecast has been for heavy rain but it has not eventuated. The rivers are low and clear with either no fish to be sighted or those that can be seen are very spooky.
There are small runs of rainbow trout shooting up the Tongariro early morning but these are spasmodic at best. Try moving about and covering alot of water with summer rigs for the clear conditions. There are pockets of fish but you need to find them. A good option on the Tongariro in the mornings is down in the braids below the bridge trying the slower water off the main flows.
There are also still some large browns about on the Tongariro. We had a follow-in of about an 8 lber a short walk up from the delta and Craig lost two good sized brownies up above the Major Jones.
The river mouths have been fishing quite well from about 5 till dusk and through till dark but this will slow as we go in to a new moon . The day we were at the Tongariro Delta we only saw seven fish landed, but as soon as the barometer looks like dropping this could be a cracking option.
Make the most of the difficult conditions by trying some new spots and techniques. Why not investigate the Waiotaka or Waimarino, or try night fishing at the southern stream mouths like Omori, Kuratau or Whareroa. Lake Rotoaira opened last week and has been fishing well, ideally on lighter kit. Many of the fish are around 2 pounds but they are great fighters. If visiting Lake Rotoaira remember you need a special permit from local iSites or if we guide you we’ll sort that out on the day.
Here’s hoping for rain, just not on the Rugby World Cup match days...