Hi guys,

Another busy week has quickly passed and once again the Taupo fishery has amazed me and many others with some wonderful trout being caught in different rivers. As always the Tongariro has been exciting for me and my clients and some wonderful fish have been hooked and landed which is surprising most people as the so called great fishing should have passed by now but we are finding that not the case.

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My good mate Shane French who is also a great guide  managed to get onto some fantastic fresh run fish in the Tauranga Taupo during the week as a result of heavy rain a few days before. This is smart fishing, because usually if we have a decent down pour of rain if there are any late runners wanting to spawn you can bet that they are sitting at the mouth of this river waiting for the green light and if you are not around to catch them as they go through you will miss them all together as they disperse through out. The trout caught were in fantastic condition and is encouraging to hear that the season has not finished just yet.

The Tongariro also experienced a run of fresh fish and it was a matter of being in the right place at the right time to bag one of these beauties which may have been the last for the season.

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I have found  fish in most pools this week and have not concentrated on any particular pool or part of the river so it has been great to get around new water and not be confined to the braids all the time, although still plenty of good reports coming from that region and still a good bet for a trout.

I had a great day guiding Abigail from the USA on Wednesday and she caught fish in every pool we fished so I think she has gone home rubbing in her efforts to jealous brothers. While guiding Abigail we peered over Red Hutt swing bridge and sighted some huge trout and could not leave them without having a crack as they were moving in the water column quite well and had to be feeding. Abigail’s first cast saw her indicator move  a good foot and after a high pitched screech from the bridge of “STRIKE “saw her once again hooked into  good Rainbow and her complaining about a sore arm, cant win sometimes. I ran down the stairs and met her on the river as she fought her fish and a few minutes later a solid silver fish came to the net for photographing before release.

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It was a lovely clear hot day and I had prepared a lunch for us to have on the picnic table above the Major Jones pool so we decided to head down that neck of the woods for a sit down and refresh from the mornings efforts. It was stinking hot at lunch time and Abigail took her waders of to cool down after all the walking we had done that morning and decided to take half hour away from fishing and sun-bake in the afternoon sun. Well in that half hour I have never seen so many fisherman walk past the Major Jones claiming to be stalking the edges for low lying trout- one old fella must have walked past 6 times, come on guys I’m trying to be professional here. Think I have know what trout will use as bait to catch fisherman in the future. Anyway we packed up and spent the afternoon in the Braids where Abigail finished her session on the Tongariro on a good note landing another  good fish from a piece of fast water. Well done Abigail we both a had a great day sorry about the spectators.

One thing that was really obvious to me this week was what I keep trying to get people to practice and that is not  to get caught up too long in one pool just because you caught a fish there last time you were up. Keep moving and don’t get stuck on one fly all the time, if it’s not working start with another you will be surprised what this will achieve as I’m sure some of the fish in the river would have seen a thousand Hare and Coppers by now.

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I personally have used with my clients probably 20 different patterns this week not all have worked but I have been surprised with some patterns which I have not had a lot of faith in before. Good flies for me this week were small English patterns, white caddis, green caddis, grey spiders, sunken green beatles and hare and coppers.

I’m not to sure what is happening with the dry fly action as I did not witness a single rise all week even with Cicadas in the trees and hot conditions and plenty of fly life buzzing around the surface so maybe it will be another week or so yet. The few fish we killed for the table this week all were chokers with green and brown Beatles so they must be picking these up somewhere at some time, maybe night??

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Pools that have been good for me this week has been Major Jones, The Fan pool, The Sand pool, Judges and of course the BRAIDS. The usual assassins have been down the braids and walking back with fish so that is a good indication that they are still holding up in this part of the river enjoying the fast riffley water on the hot clear days.

Angling pressure is still at a minimum so now would be a great time to get up here and get stuck into some fish and hopefully snag a good one for you and your friends to enjoy over the Christmas period. The river will be getting busier over the next two weeks.

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Till next time, be lucky Andrew Christmas