Hi all, Well it’s been a funny old week with varying temperatures and the ridges covered in snow but the later part of the week has been quite warm. One thing is for sure though and we have not seen much sunshine , instead overcast drizzley conditions have hung about most of the week which I dont think is a bad thing as I’m sure it has something to do with most Taupo rivers having a few fresh fish in it during the week.

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As you know I am  a Tongariro River Guide that occasionally looses his way and fish’s some of the other rivers that Taupo has to offer so I cant really offer solid advice on anything but the Tongariro, but from reading other stories from other guides and speaking with them in the street it seems that the Waytoohardanuie and the Hine have both had their share of fish. The Waytoohardanuie was the place to be early in the week with fish scattered throughout most pools and they were taking both natural patterns and glo bugs tied in the famous champagne with a red dot. The fish were in great condition and fighting abilities second to none with the odd big fish mixed in amongst the averages (whats big? I don’t know). The Hine always has fish in it and this week has had some nice fish running in from the week so this would be my next choice of river to attack. The afternoons has seen plenty of cars beside the bridge so I would imagine that the lower reaches are getting a flogging and maybe the upper pools will be best before the season shuts this water. With so much pressure on such small water I would think that the fish would be wanting to move through pretty fast to escape the flurocarbon and glo bugs being thrown at them, like I said I’m no expert but that’s what I’d do if I was a smart trout.

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The mighty Tongariro has been hot and cold this week but those who persist have been treated to some small but very hard fighting silver bullets. I fished two days this week with the first being very hard and the second being pretty easy, how this works I will never now but that’s why we keep fishing. Good numbers of fish have been spotted under the bridge and the best way to catch runners like this would be to hit them in the judges pool and follow them up the river day by day-pool by pool till they have dispersed too much. I quite often base my guiding days around this technique. If I have a 5 or 6 fish with clients one day the next I will try the next set of rapids  the following, so all you are doing is following the group up and making the most of concentrations of trout before they go their own ways and become too hard to locate easily. Most spawning fish will be on the move to better water especially through the town pools and you can generally bet on most of the moving being done at night, so just plan on them being in the next pool up the following morning, they will be resting up for the adventure ahead.

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I fished for a few hours on Wednesday following a fishing meeting with Ross at TRM and found it to be a little difficuilt but was able to land one and loose one in Judges. Something which suprised me was to watch fish rising consistantly under the willows in that small pool above the true right of Judges, I thought this action was done and dusted but it’s obviously still available to those who wish to use size #22 drys.

Thursday I spent the day with Mike Wakefield from Taupo who owns the best men and womens fashion shop in town called Devout NZ, it’s where fashionable guides go – no old mans clothes in here for you Ross. Mike has heaps of fishing experience on smaller rivers but has not really done a lot on bigger rivers like the Tongariro so it was a pleasure showing him how easy things can be if all parties are willing to play the game. Fortunatley our luck was in and we actually hooked a fish in every pool fished so you can’t do much better than that and I would assume Mike may be doing a lot more fishing from Turangi. Things were perfect with no wind, overcast conditions, the odd bit of drizzle and hardly another angler sighted all day. Pools we fished were the Stag, Shag Hutt, Duchess and the Boulder pool which in my opinion are some of the most productive and most beautiful pools to fish at the moment.

It didn’t take Mike long to get the hang of the Tongariro bomb followed with two deadly flies and he was whipping out great casts to all the obviously lies with ease. Mike is generally a quiet man but the fish he hooked into in the Duchess had him yahooing and grinning like  a chester cat as it raced off down river tail walking across the pool to achieve safety under the far bank, safety was not to be for this fish as Mike applied all the right pressure with the correct angles and wrangled the beast from the current into a possession which enabled me to slip the net under the great condition hen. Mike then ended the poor little guys life and I assume he is now in the smoker-poor bastard RIP.

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We spotted heaps of fish sitting in the Duchess enjoying their little sexual rituals which did not seem to be interested in much else that we had to offer. The Duchess has always been famous for this sort of behaviour due to the sandy silty bottom that runs right the way from the head to the tail. Although most fish are in the spawning mood while in this pool the head of the pool or the far side can be great with glo bugs or small green caddis. I have seen some guys wetlining it in the past but I’m not to sure how they get on as the pool changes in depth a lot but also has no sangs whatsover.

The fun didn’t end there and we experienced further action with the first cast in the Boulder Pool with another fresh fish stripping line from Mike in great bursts of power and angry shakes of the head. I must admit this was a very relaxing day for both of us and it’s still a real buzz to be able to enjoy such awesome scenery and sport so close to wear we both live. We definitely take it for granted.

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Weather looking much the same for the next few days so I should imagine the fishing to stay the same and that seems to be all over the place. TRM inmates have all been catching at least a fish a day so it still seems that it’s the safe way to ensure a capture.

Tight lines

Andrew Christmas