Hi guys, Fishing reports are getting a little more frequent lately and as I get more confident with the ins and outs of this computer  you can expect up to date fishing reports 3-4 times per week depending on how busy guiding gets over the summer months.

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Yesterday I guided Mike Norris from London on the mighty Tongariro and had quite an interesting day with fish and what they were feeding on. The guiding was not like any other as Mike had a prosthetic shoulder and found casting quite uncomfortable so i was doing most of the casting and hooking, with Mike at my side polaroiding and landing the trout. The day started off fairly slowly with the usual lies and pools not producing any fish at all - not even the new spot x had any trout in it and I was a bit stumped as to where to try next as I knew the braids has hit a quiet period as well.

Being stubborn and faithful to the braids, I marched down there and started fishing the usual fast water that has been so kind to me over the past few months. We had the entire place to ourselves which was weird as it was a Sunday. Long flurocarbon leaders and small naturals were in order as the water is so clear at the moment and the sun high in the sky. Finally we hooked a fish in the tail of the Honeypot and I handed the rod to Mike for his first encounter with a Tongariro Rainbow. This fish gave an extra good fight and worked poor Mike’s shoulder as it was hooked in the tail and was using the strong current to full advantage. The trout ran down the fast water with two anglers following in tow and hoping for some quiet water to steer the fish into and dislodge the hook from the poor bugger’s tail. The fish acting like this was in fact a godsend because as we followed down river we stumbled upon a huge amount of fish in a piece of water that I usually overlook and don’t bother fishing. Eventually the fish pulled the hook and was free to sulk about having a sore tail by itself somewhere.

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Now we knew where the fish were, we went straight back there in hope that they weren’t spooked and were still in there lie which we had just strolled through the middle of.

Luckily, after a few minutes our spooked trout were back in the lie which we had found them in earlier and looked like easy targets, moving from side to side taking food as it washed towards them. The rig we had on should have been perfect with flurocarbon leader and two small natural patterns being a  pheasant tail-flashback and a white caddis. Ten minutes and passed and  I had changed flies ten times and still no action or interest from any of the trout that I hadn’t already scared to deeper water, so this is where one has to think like a fish and fool them with such a stealthy pattern that no fish could possibly resist. I opened my box of goodies and there was my last ray of hope at catching these  stubborn trout: the Glo Bug. I tied the glo bug on, remembering that my last few reports have been about naturals and that the glo bugs had done their thing and should be left at home till next season. I cast up above the trout that was laying closest to us and drifted the fly so it was on the end of his nose just like I had done a thousand times before with no luck, only this time I saw the white of the trouts mouth open and suck the glo bug in and we finally had  a solid hook-up first cast using a glo bug. Mark landed his first trout and we managed to hook 6 and land 3 in the space of an hour, all taken on bloody glo bugs, so you fishos do what you like because this one is definitely going against the grain. All fish that we landed were Jacks so that may be why they were happy to take the glo bug as they quite often sit in feed lines and pick off stray eggs from spawning females up river as they tumble down from the fast water.

Most anglers at the moment I think are finding things  a little hard but as I write this report we are forecast for some fairly nasty weather which should turn fishing back in our favour after some rainy and overcast days. Turangi has actually had fairly consistent drizzle all day so that may have improved things for us already and turned the fish back into feeding mode. I have also heard that there has been a lot of good brownies in the lower Waitahanui. I’m not sure why they are there this time of year but things seem to be all over the place at the moment and at the end of the day nature does whatever it likes so we won’t argue with that.

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This morning I was greeted at the door with the arrival of Bill Boomer’s 10lb Brownie which had been at the taxidermist so it was exciting to see what it looked like and decide where I was going to put it, which I still have not decided. Bill has decided to leave it in Taupo for me as advertising for my guiding so it may end up in a sport store or the reception of TRM for all you keen readers to see and lift your spirits because these sort of monsters are still out there. The fish still needs to be mounted on a nice piece of drift wood so if anyone comes across a piece on the river grab it for me and give me a  ring. It needs to suit a fish that measured 71cm and weighed 10lb. 

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To the right is the old Trout and Bill Boomer’s beautifull Brownie caught nymphing in the Tongariro. This fish was caught in the braids and on a Glo bug only last month, so it can be done! Taxidermist John Charlesworth has done  a great job and i think it will look fantastic wherever it decides to take residence so everyone can see it and dream that one day that they may encounter such a fish.

Angling pressure still seems to be low and I think it is a good time to explore areas that you have not seen before or felt comfortable to explore due to the amount of anglers  hassling you to move through pools or the thought of fishing someone else’s pool after they have just flogged it to death. So now would be a good time to give me a ring make a booking and let me show you around the finer parts of the Tongariro.

May your waders never dry, Andrew Christmas