Hi guys,

I have done a heap of  first class fishing this week both in the Taupo fishery and slightly off the beaten track which has also been very productive. The Tongariro continues to impress my clients with good amounts of trout both landed and polaroided in most of the river. The size and condition of these fish are much better this year and  I feel very confident that this will also follow through to the winter runs. I will not say when the runs will be as they seem to be very confused at the moment and we are seeing fish even turning up now with bellys full of eggs.

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The lower river has plenty of huge browns which are slowly but surely making their way up the river into all the town pools where anglers will have a much better,easier opportunity at catching them. If you decide to head down river and chance the strength of these fish you will indeed catch them at their best condition as they would have been in the river a shorter amount of time. You may not catch one of these wise old buggers but I can guarantee that you will see and at-least have a cast at one beautiful specimen. If they are in the too hard basket you should pick up the odd rainbow in your travels as they seem to be pushing through quite well at the moment so it’s a win -win situation.

Poloaroiding in these conditions for these fish is something that must be done and will improve your catch rate. For those of you that struggle to spot fish the trick is to scan the water with unfocused eyes then focus in on what you think might be a trout. This will help you to see into a larger body of water rather than just focusing on objects which you may overlook you will also get longer out of your eyes as you wont be straining to continuously focus. 

Rivers in general are still very low and there is a very large amount of summer slime covering most rocks which is harbouring huge amounts of fat nymphs which are feeding our trout well. We do need a flood to get fish moving up and to push the slime back to the lake giving us nice rocks to wade on this winter season but it does come at the cost of huge amounts of nymph life. Green caddis are in good numbers in our rivers at the moment and matching this critter with your nymph will ensure some trout action for sure.

Waitahanuie is still firing first thing in the morning and last thing at night when fishing slow sinking lines with large wet flies. The nights are dark at the moment and if you can get down here on a night with no wind you will do very well with some incredible fish. I have been chasing big browns in here over the past few weeks and have not been skunked yet so if you have nothing better do than go fishing then this would be a good place to start.

Today I ventured over to the Mohaka as it has been back to normal or low level for sometime now since being blown out with a huge flood 2 months ago. I wondered if the fish stocks had been affected either in numbers or condition but after spending 8 hours fishing vey public water it was very apparent that they were just fine. Tout in here are fat and in great condition and are still taking little dries like Clinkhammers and Para Adams which is great to see. I landed 10 fish which were all in the 2 -4lb range so they are by no means the biggest fish about but they are by far the strongest backcountry trout round-they pull string in a big way. Again the water is low and the rocks have again developed weed so if you are going to nymph try and keep to fast water or fish lighter than usual to avoid de weeding your fly every cast. Fishing pressure on the Mohaka would be classed as high as it gets dealt to by Taupo anglers and Napier anglers but if you are an above average angler you should always find some fish somewhere.

Another huge week ahead on some amazing rivers with no camera so don’t expect any new photos just yet but I am chasing it up for you. When you want to really get into some great scenery or good fish leave the camera at home or net in the car- bloody MURPHY !!!

Tight lines

Andrew Christmas