Hi there, Well what a freezing cold week we have seen in Taupo this week with drizzle,sleet,rain,frost and eventually by Thursday plenty of snow covering the mountain and surrounding ridges. Surely this weather will only be good for encouraging fresh winter fish into the rivers and hopefully from now on we can confidently say there are spawning fish in the Taupo river systems.

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The best reports this week have been from the Tauranga Taupo and the Hine which both saw small groups of fresh fish on there way up the river for some spawning action which gave those who were there some good sport. In both cases the groups of fish seemed to move through fairly quickly and would most likely be chilling out in the headwaters by now. In saying that there is no reason why these rivers will not see another good run following the other up so just make sure you are available to intercept these fish and have some of the action of  the first winter fish.

Glo bugs seem to be on the menu in most cases at the moment and fishing  a fresh pool at first light with a glo bug should encourage a strike in most of the time. With these cold ,overcast wet days you can not go wrong with this pattern of fly as long as you are getting it down deep enough and bouncing it along the bottom like real detached eggs, any hungry jack or inquisitive female will pick these up all day. I think I have spoken about this in other reports but if you are fishing  a pool and you can see the fish in the pool and you think that they are jacks- putting on a glo bug can sometimes be the best thing to do as they will get really competitive over the same food and hooking that first one will be fairly simple.

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I braved the elements on two occasions this work and was out of bed at 5 30am getting ready for fish on the Wytoohardanuie which I thought was going to be fantastic due to the westerly winds and all the rain. I was not the only one expecting the river to be full of fish and by daylight the car park was nearly full of anglers waiting so it was light enough to see there indicators. As usual I was wrong about this river and everywhere I went did not seem to have any good numbers of trout and in the two outings I think I spotted about 5 fish. I will also add that I did not see any anglers with any fish and when chatting to them we all shared the same thoughts and questions about where were all the fish. I actually managed to hook and land one nice conditioned 5lb brown from the fast run at the top of the Cliff pool which gulped down the orange glo bug (yip the orange glo bug) I know you don’t believe me but they do eat glo bugs. I kept this fish for eating and was delighted to see the fat lining on the inside of the gut and the brilliant orange flesh which will make for excellent smoking. Shane will have a little smile on his face as I know he would probably know where they were all hiding up here and  know how to drag them out, I shouldn’t really leave the Tongariro. Once again this swine of a river has managed to clear me out of every available fly that I went in there with and hundreds of metres of nylon, of course this is due to my casting and skill of locating snags.

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The Tongariro has held it’s own I think and is just as good as any other river at the moment with quite good numbers of catchable spawning fish for those who will get up early or get around the river a wee bit. The river is by no means chockers with large fish but the fish that are being taken seem to give a good scrap ndare worth knocking on the head if you want a eating fish. Again I will expect the weekend to be busy and fishing may get  a little difficult but mid week should be back to normal when things settle down again. The usual patterns will catch fish hare and coppers, caddis,glo bugs,PT variants and for the wetliners Olive Woolly Buggers or some sort of Rabbit swung in the current will do the damage. Don’t forget that Queens Birthday weekend is coming up and if going by last year is anything to go on there will be anglers,walkers ,dogs and kids everywhere so get youre accommodation and fishing guide booked now so you don’t miss out

Still my favourite areas have lately been the Judges, Reef, Blue, Stag and the Silly Pool and this is purely because they are caster friendly and produce fish when you need them the most. This all may change very soon as winter closes in and water levels rise as places like the braids, honeypot, swirl and plank pool all come into play.

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Lately I have been exploring the braided area with not much luck to speak of but this area just comes to life when the main runs start appearing and fish start to congregate in the shallow riffles which the braids is famous for. This area always has it’s dead periods but just when you are about to give it away it will start holding and producing fish without fail year in year out. To have the best bite of the apple in this area it pays to get out of bed and be on the water or through the pools first as to catch any excited trout out with a lovely tied size 14 glo bug. You will also be beating the crowds, access is so good to this part of the river and it gets a lot of foot traffic everyday so getting up early will not be a bad thing at all.

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Another good brown was hooked and landed from the Tongariro during the week so that capture plus mine still proves that there are big browns in the rivers that can be caught when targeting spawning Rainbows. I think the time of year has gone when you would go out and try and catch a brownie but you can still better your chances by fishing the inside of the main current and sticking to slower runs. Fish the same as you would for rainbows and you may just get a suprise of one of these awesome fish.

Keep the faith people the spawning runs are early days yet and I generally have the best fishing in september -october so whatever we get through at the moment will just be a bonus. Try your best to get up during the week so you can secure peace and quiet fishing and not noisy crowded stretches of river.

Tight lines

Andrew