Hi all,

Once again the mighty Tongariro has shown that it is such a diverse fishery and is forever changing as it has done again this week after yet another massive flood which was a result of the bad weather that slammed New Zealand early in the week.

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Turangi didn’t seem to have that much rain, but as we all know, it really depends what is happening in the hills as to what we get in the Tongariro, the beauty of the Tongariro being that it will drop as quick as it has come up so not too many days are lost due to unfishable conditions.Fishing the Tongariro when it has colour can be amazing and some of my more rewarding days have been when the river is running dirty and high. Always give it a go if you are unsure and make sure that you stick to fishing slower water or overflows and thats where you will find trout seeking refuge away from the torent of the flood and picking up an easy feed of dislodged nymphs and other tasty morsels.

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The extra flow and Tuesday’s flood I think has encouraged a few fish into the river from the flood and this week my clients have caught a few silver fish which are in very good condition and of course we have caught some spent fish which are on their way back to the lake to chase and get fat on smelt ready for next years spawning run. In  my eyes, a fish is a fish and I enjoy trying to capture whatever fish are in the river being 1lb or 10lb. I have the love of fishing instilled  into me and will always be happy catching what is available to me.

Areas that I have had fished this week with clients have been places that are slower running and we have had good numbers of fish from pools such as Major Jones, Judges, Red Hutt by-pass and of course the ever-faithfull Braids.

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Spot X in the braids has held good numbers of fish and if you fish it properly it always seems to be kind and gives up a few fish when using small nymphs such as the Prince nymph, rubber Legged Copper John’s and the traditional Hare and Coppers with 10 foot leaders. Indicators are always a hot topic going into the summer and I am always faced with questions about how big is too big and if brightly coloured indicators are not suitable for clear conditions and smarter summer trout. I personally like to just use a single piece of white yarn and set it up on my leader so it can be adjusted on a slide system so it can be changed when fishing shallower faster water. Having an indicator that can be altered is beneficial to you as you will see a take a lot earlier than if you were fishing with standard clip on indicators which in the end will boost your hook up rate. Sizes and colours are a hard one and I just say as long as you can see it and are able to indicate a take from it well thats good enough. It is useless having a small piece of white yarn if you can’t see the thing after it is cast!

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Mike Gill from America hired me on Friday morning and we had the best dry fly action that I have experienced this season with some really nice fish coming to the net and most fish readily taking emergers or the dry from the surface. This type of fishing really gets the blood pumping and with a little bit of accurate casting and common knowledge it is easily achievable by anyone if you have the right group of fish tht are playing the game. We found a group of fish that were slurping emergers in the fast water and occasionally taking from the surface so we changed the rig to  a dry fly with a small nymph as a dropper and had a fish on the first cast. This action continued for the two hours we had the run to ourselves and we left buzzing, with that spot locked into my head for future clients. All of that action was in the middle of the day it was not an evening rise and you have to remember that if the hatch is on they will come up and take flies from the surface. I have even seen this sort of behavoir at 6am so you can expect this activity anytime as long as the warm air is around you. Having a dropper will catch you more fish and you will find that the dry actually acts as an attractor – when they come up for it they will see the nymph and that will be the one they take first as they can’t let an emerging nymph drift on past. Target fast shallow water and always have your eyes peeled for fish so always take the polaroids or you will behind the 8 ball to start with. Always use nylon or a  tapered nylon leader to present that dry fly, as flurocarbon will sink and pull the fly down with it. The dropper should be suspended below with 8 inches of flurocarbon to insure it drops down quick.Mike had been fishing for ten days, landing a total of 4 trout so he was ecstatic with his morning effort of 10 and I think hiring a guide probably paid off for him in this case.

Have a great week people and watch this space over the next few days to keep up with the latest fishing reports as I have most of the week booked up and will be out doing it. Don’t work too hard and be lucky!

Andrew Christmas