We had about 48 hours of rain last week in the Taupo catchment which helped the fly fishing for a day or two but it was not enough to move significant numbers of fresh trout into the local rivers. Thursday was the pick of days to be on any of the major rivers and there were a few Brown trout being caught which always adds a bonus element of surprise.
Its been raining again since Saturday afternoon on and off, with some heavy falls in the evenings which is great. Rain is due all week and clearing Friday which is perfect for people coming for the weekend. This will be enough rain to get some good pods of fish running the rivers. It could be some of the best fishing of the season from Saturday through to Tuesday or Wednesday of next week.
We have completed a Czech nymphing tutorial which is on our New Zealand Flyfishing Company Youtube Channel, and you can watch it below. This technique works well on the Waitahanui and Hinemaia rivers.
We had a couple of unusual sightings this week, firstly a helicopter parked in the carpark of the Waitahanui road bridge, right next to State Highway One. It must have been quite a sight for those driving past as it landed only metres from them. Second was watching a Shag up the Waitahanui trying to swallow a Rainbow trout that would have been a pound and a half and looked far too big to eat, but the bird won in the end...
With rain stopping the river fishing it’s a good time to try the river mouths with big Woolly Buggers around the edges of the flow. If you prefer to stay dry then do some gear maintenance, tie some flies and watch some fly fishing videos on Youtube. Make sure you have variations of your favourite flies to test. On the Waitahanui this week, a change from a champagne Glo-bug to an orange one brought two fish within 15 minutes. It pays to test!
When the rain stops be prepared to explore and fish the edges of flows first as fish will often be sitting in the slower water. Some of the lower Tongariro pools have changed again this year so exploring them you may find some spots that other anglers have not targeted.
Tightlines till next time – keep watching the river levels and if there is any way you can get to Taupo or Turangi this weekend then it should be well worthwhile!