Hi guys,

Once again I find myself reporting on the best kept secret of New Zealand fishing and that’s the summer fishing in the Tongariro and the fish available. Famous for it’s winter spawning runs every year the Tongariro attracts huge numbers of fine fighting beautiful rainbow trout which in effect has many anglers from all around the world chasing then in sometimes wet and freezing conditions.

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There is no doubt that big numbers of fantastic condition trout congregate in the Tongariro pools and are generally fairly easily caught but if you have been reading my recent reports you will see some awesome fish which you would be happy to catch any day of the year. I will agree with you all in that the numbers of fish in the summer drop and catching a perfect conditioned fish gets much harder with clear and low water, spasmodic feeding times and particular insect feeding but surely that makes things more rewarding when you pull it off.

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Many of you rather drive for hours to remote backcountry  locations which is rewarding and I myself love to get out of the taupo region and see different water and experience stalking wild resident rainbows in nothing but t-shirt and shorts as the weather is generally super but lets not forget the famous Tongariro which is also currently producing great rainbow and Brown trout. Guiding is easy at the moment and I have my set pools that I rely on to please my clients and I have not once in the past couple of weeks worried about the pool being flogged to death or even seeing another fishing it. The upper river is deadly quiet  and with a bit of walking and crossing tails of pools you will find fish scattered throughout that will gratefully accept your small natural nymph. I have not been in a possession to get my clients onto the dry fly just yet but I have a seen a few fish rising randomly in all pools that we have been nymphing especially first thing in the morning or in the heat of a sticky day.

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I witnessed a gentleman fishing in the braided area  a few days ago that was catching fish by fishing a dry with a dropper underneath, he told me that he was taking about 30% on the dry fly so maybe we are just around the corner from exciting Cicada fishing??.

Now for the big bugger that I caught and released in the braided area a few days ago while fishing with my fishing buddy Mike Hughes. This trophy brown I would assume has been pushed up by the fresh rain we had last weekend and the controlled release from the canal which has now all flowed through and the river back to normal summer levels. I saw alot of fish of this size holding in the lower river a  few weeks a go so I think that allot of these will be in the town pools right now and they can obviously be caught by anyone. While guiding this week I have spotted several in the upper river  and have heard of the odd one getting caught down around the bridge so they are available for those who go looking. I was very lucky and totally surprised when I hooked into this lump using a size #10 hare and copper as the river was still coloured. The brut gave a solid battle before I found a good sandy spot to land her. Mike and I estimated the fish to be over 11 lb but as she was not in perfect condition and not the prettiest fish I decided to release her and hope for a better looker for the bedroom wall (were always looking for something better in the bedroom aren’t we). It just shows that these trout are about and you don’t have to fish the stinky lakes and over grown rivers of Rotoroua to hook up to monster trout.

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Bottom line is guys that the Tongariro is fishing ok and the scenery is bloody amazing so  whatever spins your reel the Tongariro has it, all should get up and spend a  weekend while they can before the troops get back chasing winter spawning fish.

Tight lines, Andrew