Hi guys, My awesome week of fishing has finally come to an end and I can confidently say the Tongariro fishery is in full swing at the moment with the appearance of some great Rainbow Jacks. As I said last week this is the time of year we start to see early fish running the Taupo rivers in search of the best lies and pools to ambush the females when they get the urge to run roughly a month later. The Tongariro has surprised many and let no one down this week with good numbers of fish being seen and caught from the braids all the way up to the Blue pool so plenty of opportunity for everyone at the moment

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. The majority of fish and the bigger fish seem to be coloured up Jacks in full spawning mode and will take most well presented flies with anger and eagerness. There are a few very fresh hens mixed in with them but they seem to be no bigger than 2lbs but like I have said for months now are in perfect condition. We are going to have a good season guys with plenty of fish so start stocking that box and clean that line because you really want to be here for it.

I have not done a huge amount of guiding over the past week but did spend an awesome day with John Bishop from the Uk which managed to land the coloured up Jack that you see him pictured with. John managed to land 6 other Rainbows before this beast and describes his experience as the best day fishing he has ever had which makes me feel warm and fuzzy feeling.This Rainbow weighed 7lb and as all big fish do gave him  a great fight which he describes as like catching a salmon.

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Pools that I would recommend at the moment is Admirals, Cicada, Judges and as usual the braided area extending through to the Plank pool. Much of the river changes for the worst especially after a flood but the Plank pool has got much better with some great water in the head of the pool. This pool is always popular and in the winter demonstrates excellent holding ability but at the moment with low water conditions you really can cover good amounts of this pool. Mike Hughes pulled some good fish from here and has rung me on numerous occasions excited with amount of fish that were in this water including some good browns which Mike just couldn’t get a handle on this week.

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Nymphing small naturals still seems to be the key in the Tongariro and my favourites are the Quasimodo, Hare and Coppers, Olive and White Caddis and if you do have time stick some rubber legs on them I love them. Still having many arguments with different anglers concerning nylon and fluro carbon and which we should all be using?. I personally use nylon and don’t have any problems with knot strength or fish pulling power but can not comment about the fish seeing the line as fluro carbon boasts being invisible in water. I know nylon is thicker but is it really that obvious in the water. The Tongariro is low and clear at the moment but as you all have seen I have caught some quite good fish over the past week. The big issue on this topic is the costs involved with the two products and I really hate paying $30 for the 30 yards of fluro when I can get Maxima for $5.00.????

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Working in the shop this week so will do my best to get a few more reports out to you as I know Ross is not going to be up and going for quite some time and you all deserve to be kept up to date.

Tight lines

Andrew