Hi people, Ok I will start of saying sorry about the lack of reports at the moment but I’m struggling with the work load right now and getting to this at the end of a long day on the river is hard to do but I will keep up the best I can to keep you all happy and interested. This week as seen me doing alot of kilometres in the car and driving to many backcountry locations around the mountain and locally fishing the Tongariro, all has been fairly productive.

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Usually I like to class myself as a Tongariro river guide as this is my favourite river for both fishing and scenery but this week have seen myself also in that dreaded Waytoohardanuie after a hard morning on the Tongas. The Waytoohardanuie is currently chockers with great Browns and in only 2 hours of fishing from the road bridge I think we would have spotted over 20. These fish are hard to catch and they seem pretty alert to anglers as the summer goes on but the majority would be over 5lb and some would have to push the scales at 10 or 12lb. Henry who was a pretty good angler managed to hook and land a very nice fish of about 5lb after maybe 50 casts and one of the best fights from  a brown that I have seen. Henry must have tried ten different drys and droppers before I finally put a very large weighted glo bug on for him which had instant success with a aggressive take and a  solid hook up, sometimes you have to think outside the square. Rainbows are also in the system but a little harder to spot but usually a little easier to hook up so always be on the look out for fish of about the 3lb mark in the fast water at the heads of pools. When marching up either side of this pretty little river always check under the banks and at the edge of pools as the big browns dont like too much flow and they will be well hidden in amongst oxygen weed and in behind logs so walk slowly and approach and scope out your ambush the best you can to have the best chance of fooling one of these beauties. Some of the biggest and best conditioned fish have come out of this fishery over the years and still every year it produces trophy specimens so take that into mind when staring down at your future wall mount.

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The Tongariro has heaps of sprats in it which is good to see but has made for hard fishing in the scence that they are getting to the nymphs before the larger mature fish making hooking up to something decent hard on the most part. I had six fish in a row on the other side of judges the other day that would not have weighed a pound between them before getting the client  got onto something with a wee bit of weight to it. The trout that have been coming out have generally been in great condition with beautifully pink flesh, full fnned and solid silver flanks which is what we all look for when stumbling around the river banks. Have not wondered up river this week but last week we reported seeing a large group of big fish under the bridge that somehow I managed to miss out on, I would assume they are spread out now and holding in the upper pools like Admirals or Blue Pool. Again most of my fishing has been around the town area and the left hand side of Judges with the odd hour spent down the braids and the plank pool. Good numbers of fish were found rising in the Honeypot but size of the rise can be deceiving and I think alot of these fish were very small as I could not even polaroid a shape coming through the water column.

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The lower river again surprises me and still good numbers of sizable browns inhabit thses areas under the willows and still can be fooled with Cicada imitations or something very close. Once again the key to these fish is not to be seen and approach from behind and present that fly in such a way that there is no line slap or drag at all, not easy I know but the end result just has to be worth it. Mike again has been down that way trying to better his last ten pounder and went very close when he had hooked a fish that seemed much bigger than his last and was only lost due to poor netting skills displayed by an onlooker when he tried sticking the net over the touts nose and getting the netting hooked up in the second fly (sounds familiar). Sorry to hear that story Mike but you catch to many anyway and it’s good that someone else is giving the trout a hand in escaping, hahaha.

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The backcountry this week has been as usual spectacular with some good fish coming to the net and some truly special scenery that still leaves me staring at Beech trees that must be hundreds of years old. The fishing was not by any means red hot but the more walking and work we did the more fish that turned up and gave us incentive to push deeper into the valley in search of more action, Isn’t it surprising how much ground you cover and you only realize this until you have to walk back out. One thing that can be said about the backcountry fish of New Zealand is that they have to be the hardest fighting fish I have ever come across and plenty are lost just because of the explosive power that us Taupo fisherman are not used to. The condition of many of these fish are also second to none and have small heads with plenty of shoulder muscle that seems to peel line and leave the angler chasing down the nearest rapid. These fisheries are delicate and taking fish should be limited to not all as they will be affected by fish killers so I plead with you that you try and release your catch and stop at the Tongariro or somewhere like that on the way home and take a fish for the smoker.

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The rain seems to have set in again and we are getting quite a dosing right at the moment which will only be good for our rivers so maybe we will be lucky and get another fresh run over the weekend, I’m on my way out to try and find out so will speak again in the next few days I hope.

Keep safe, Andrew