Hi people,

Just a quick report on this weeks fishing as I have just got in and need to get ready for backcountry tommorow with Johan from Sweden, he likes a big lunch so better get to the supermarket aswell.

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I have guided every day this week and have had great fishing most days due to be lucky enough to have great clients that could already fish and listened to local knowledge which i provided during the day. The key to good fishing at the moment is to keep moving and keep changing methods even a simple change of a fly can bring home the bacon so dont get stuck on what worked last time  you were here ,as the fish at the moment are spasmodic and are changing diets with the weather. Nymphing has been as good as ever but we have also had some great fish showing interest to coming up for the dry and will occasionally slurp it of the surface, if you do come across a difficuilt fish put  a droper underneath and tease him with a emerger that trick usually sorts them out.

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I have seen alot guys wetlining this week but have not seen many fish caught using that method, the river is still running high and hard but it starting to get very clear and fish are getting smart on big Wooley buggers being dragged past them so try a more delicate aproach.

Brown Trout are creeping into the Tongariro and I have seen two or three in sleepy holes this week along with some poor fish that was fooled by Mike which I think is probly smoked and vacum packed by now. It was a great conditioned fish and should be great eating so well done Mike and the best of luck for your next trip to Turangi.

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The upper regions of Taupo rivers have now been opened for a few days which offers heaps of water to fish but I have not heard any reports of fish being caught so either they have none or no one has been up them which I find hard to believe. The obvious place to go is the upper Hinie and early December can be great if you have the place to yourself so take the chance and shoot up for a look, you may be rewarded with some great old jacks.

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All reports from the backcountry have been positive with weather conditions favouring anglers but I dont know how long this can go on for as they are fragile fisheries and dont react well to heavy angling or fish killers so tommorow should be interesting. Backcountry can offer the best dry fly fishing and I have stocked my box with everything that will float as we have a good weather pattern and high temperatures  that should bring the beauties to the top.

Tongariro is still my pick of the bunch and if you give it time and get to know the pools you will always find sport somewhere just keep positive and cast your fly with confidence. Dont be put of by other anglers the majority dont really fish areas or pools properly so go in behind them and fish the pool to your best ability, you will soon have blokes introducing themselves and asking questions which is what fishing is all about.

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Anyway got to go and get organized and I’m sorry about the short shitty report but I will make it up to you this week, PROMISE.

Happy fishing fisho’s, Andrew Christmas