G’day guys, We are in tough times in poor old Taupo with the dry fly almost over and the spawning runs not quite ready to push into the systems just yet but a select few of hardcore fisherman that enjoy just being outside are still catching some amazing fish that are well worth the effort.

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The colder mornings are upon us and getting out of bed is just that little bit harder at the moment but in general the days have been fantastic with brisk mornings but clear blue skys during the day. I love the cold weather and the sooner we get a flood and a good downpour of snow the better as I know the first of the spawners will quickly follow.

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Fishing is still slow in most of the Taupo region but if you stick the hard yards in the rewards are still high with many big Browns scattered throughout most popular pools and some beautifully conditioned Rainbows in the 3 lb range. I have personally been making the most of the tail end of the backcountry dry fly fishing and have had some great sport with smaller fish using the 4wt rod and light tappered leaders. As I have boasted many times before it is a pleasure to fish for any size fish when the scenery is like it is in our wonderful country and the chance of a good sized fish is just a bonus to me.

Still we are picking up the odd fish on very small drys in the Tongariro especially under the willow trees. You should target any water which has overhanging willows with lace moth clinging to  the leaves as the trout are just waiting for them to let go and become an easy feed. These fish are getting picky but with good presentation and the right size fly they can be fooled most of the day.

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Looks like we may get some rain tomorrow so I hope that the low may pull a few fish into the system and we can begin to write a  bit more confident and get a few of you up this way to enjoy the last of the summer that was.

 

Have a great weekend, Andrew