Hi all,

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This week must have been one of the most productive weeks of the winter spawning run with all rivers fishing well and most anglers enjoying perfect conditions and great sport. I have been very busy all week and have seen a wide range of different rivers and lakes and can proudly report that they are all fishing well. With the long weekend here we will see alot of angling pressure on the easy to access areas and places like the Tongariro and Waitahanui which are set to take a thrashing from holiday makers. The forecast is drizzly rain and overcast conditions which was what it has been like for the past week so I will expect anglers to be hooking into fish despite the pressure on the rivers.

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I have been blessed this past week with fantastic clients from all over the world and have enjoyed building friendships while out on the water introducing fly fishing to complete novices. All my clients this week have never cast a fly rod before but just liked being outside taking in the scenery, experiencing clear running water and learning a new skill which they will take away and use again. I think it’s fair to say that they will be back or at least pursuing fly fishing for trout in the future as each and everyone of them caught at least one fish, Lindsay from Texas claiming bragging rights hooking up 7 fish in the Tongariro early one morning. There are not too many locations in the world that you can enjoy the peace and harmony and have success like we do in New Zealand, and in particular the Taupo region.

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Monday morning we had a nice early start from Taupo when I picked up a couple from Finland who were on their honeymoon and traveling all over New Zealand. We headed straight for the braided area on the Tongariro and were, to my surprise, the first ones to be flogging the water which was just amazing. All morning, another angler was not sighted till midday??? It did not take long for hook ups to start happening after a short casting lesson and to be honest I was getting a little tired of wading down rapids to net fish. There seemed to be fish in all of the area and the usual runs produced fish after fish which kept the newly weds entertained for the morning. They were not all great fish and we saw quite a lot of spawning fish but also landed a few really nice freshies for the smoker. Glo bug’s were on the menu for these trout and it didn’t seem to matter what colour or size. Mikko had been out trolling with a charter on the lake the day before and was very surprised how hard the river fish fought compared to the fish in the lake and what you are able to feel through light fly rods. This is sport not meat hunting I explained he strongly agreed.

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Lake Otamangakau has been great since the opening day and the several days I have been up there with the boat has been fantastic and very profitable for both me and my clients. Terry Robinson from Palmerston North requested a day on the water and he experienced his best day’s fishing ever, landing over 30 trout and achieving his personal best of 6lbs. Most fish were in the 2-3lb range and were in great condition. Although not huge fish they certainly made up for it in the fighting qualities. We were fishing the weed beds with long 13foot leaders and slowly retrieving Olive Wooly Buggers and Black Tadpole patterns. Polaroiding is necessary on this water and great sport can be had by casting to fish on a set beat foraging for snails and other tasty treats.

Back on the Tongariro first thing Wednesday morning after picking up Lindsay from Texas who was holidaying for a month in New Zealand. Lindsay is also a fishing guide in the states and is truly a great fisherman and has a keen eye for feeding trout (and catching them). We hit the braided area before anyone arrived and once again hooked up within a few casts with size 12 glo bug fished under a suitably weighted bomb. This area of the fishery really has been hot and why go anywhere else when you can enjoy constant adrenalin pumping fun.

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My father has been in the country the last two weeks and we decided to have a change of scenery and venture into the national park area and found ourselves exploring the Whakapapa river and didn’t we have some fun. Every pool we fished we hooked up hard fighting Rainbow trout and I personally landed the best trout that I have ever caught of 7lbs. Small naturals were the key to success and we had most luck on hare and copper flashback nymphs in size #16. These areas do require a bit of effort to get to and a little local knowledge is required to access the better parts of this special fishery.

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All in all I have had a fantastic week and by far the best fishing for quite some time and many anglers would agree with me on that. Our friends at DOC may have hit it right and we will continue to experience awesome local and backcountry fishing for a few months yet. If you have not booked time yet, get in now and get to the Taupo region to experience some truly memorable fishing for large hard fighting Rainbows.

Till next week, tight lines and screaming reels Andrew Christmas