Hi matey’s,

The last few days have once again proved to be fairly productive on most waters and the guys and gals I have had the pleasure of being with have all found fish one way or another from various parts of the Tongariro. The weather has been quite good with very hot spells continuing right the way through till dark, some days are a wee bit windy which can put a few of you not so confident fisherman of.

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At the moment my advice to you would be to not worry about the wind too much and just put a Cicada on and pin your ears back as it doesn’t really matter how roughly those ugly little critters land on the water but if you do have ears like mine that seem to attract flies with hooks in then it’s best to cover them up some how. Yesterday was a great day, with fish trout taking from the surface quite regularly and we managed to get 7 to the surface in a 4 hr session in a nice little run above the bridge. My heart pumps quicker every time as I see that shape of a fish as it rises through the water column to have a closer look at what you have just presented and I think I would rather catch one fish that way than two on the nymph but it does get a little frustrating as the fish have seen a few Cicada patterns now and many will come up and just splash at it and then disappear leaving your fly untouched drifting own the river. We need to develop the killer pattern that they have not encountered yet and then I don’t think we will have this problem. Lately I have found the fast riffley water the best bet in trying to get some sort of explosive response, I’m sure this is due to not having too much time to check the fly out.

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I had a interesting request from Allan from Taranaki the other day when he contacted me about night fishing the upper river in search of the elusive brownies that have been sighted quite often in that area of late during the day. We ventured out last night at 8pm and set ourselves up just on dark in the head of the Upper Birch pool as I had thought that it was good wetlining water and had plenty of potential to hold nice browns especially on that far side in the deeper hole. I have seen them in there in the past and I thought that they may move around in that pool at night on the feed in the edges so we were in with a good chance. The night was warm and the moon low but the Sky’s were very bright and we spent alot of the night talking about different stars and what they were and how far away they were. The evening rise just on dark was impressive with heaps of Caddis emerging and breaking the water as you would imagine the Birch came alive and it was as if someone was throwing pebbles in from the heavens above. At Least we knew they were in the pool not that our fast sinking line was going to generate much interest when all that was happening in the sub surface.

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We fished in the black of the night for maybe 20 min before we had our first hook up and it was a great noise hearing that drag screaming out in the silent night, Allan indicated that it was a angry take so I imagined it to be a Rainbow which upon landing I was correct. Night fishing is very much something done on feel and I really was out of my depth when it came to guiding Allan as it was hard to know what was going on without the rod and line in my own hands but we were doing ok and we soon hooked another feisty fat Rainbow on the Black fur fly that Allan was swinging through the pool and slowly figure of eight retrieving. We talked about some great fishing that Allan had encountered down river during the day while fishing a small Elk Hair Caddis which is something I would not have thought of doing but by judging by the photos it looks like he had a ball. Time passed and I thought the change of fly was near so I tied on a large Scotch Poacher which traditionally is  a night fly but you don’t hear of people using allot anymore,,tap,tap and bang we were hooked up again first cast and the line screamed from the reel so that was a good move for once and we had another Rainbow in the bag. Turning the lamp on in the middle of the night after a good Caddis hatch was a bad idea and those little suckers tried to climb into every available hole that was available so breathing shallow was a must, it’s  an odd feeling having the skin alive with bugs. It all went down hill from there as we started talking about GHOSTS for some silly reason which only made me looking around and watching the Toi Toi blow in the breeze which do look like ghosts in the night, really they do.

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Time was getting close to 12pm and we had failed in hooking the brownie that we both wanted but it was a good experience and with three Rainbows landed it was not that bad. Crossing the fast water of the Upper Birch at night must be done safely with someone else as I know I wouldn’t try and do it by myself after we experienced  a much harder cross than usual and I wouldn’t like to think of the consequences of washing down the rapid at midnight.

One of my great anglers did manage to get stuck into  a fantastic fish and land this wicked 8 lb brownie which had nice colours and great condition while nymphing the head of a secret spot, well done Mark Norton I bet it is your screen saver at work

Again all in all fishing the Taupo region is still very productive and one can have fantastic experiences and learn more and more about this fishery every time you fish it so now is good as a time as any with low angling pressure.

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Hope you are all well, Thanks for reading

 

Andrew Christmas

PS. Was thinking of buying the franchise of this new tackle store and getting into it Taupo, should go ok eh??

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