Hi again,

Some great weather has been hanging around over the past few weeks which has well and truly burnt my lawn leaving it looking brown and dusty. Lack of rain has taken it’s toll on many rivers but the more popular rivers in the Taupo region have managed to keep it’s levels quite well and remain popular spots with recreational users.

I guided on the Tongariro recently and was suprised how quickly the slime has grown on the rocks leaving crossings slippery and at times dangerous so makesure you have good boots or a wading staf when trying to cross the deeper runs. Fish are scattered throughout the middle and upper section but they are a real mixed bag with plenty of spent fish turning up in anglers catches. These fish are at times quite easy to get hold of as they are so hungry and need to put condition on to get home to the lake so be careful , respect what they have been up to and return them unharmed. I saw some moron the other day kicking his fish back into the river as he was un happy with the condition it was in, when I asked him if he knew how to release a fish so it lives he asked if I wanted a go. Being smarter than him I replied that I had released many fish and have no need to “have a go”  with any more which left him confused and speechless. Luckily my clients were great young fellas from Melbourne and laughed the incident away.

The lower section  has been fun for those who wish to have a very long walk and many fish can now be polarized amongst the willows and hanging out on the sandy bottom. The fishing in this area will only get better in the next few months with more fish due to be pushing in all the time. A small percentage of these fish that you will spot you will get a reaction from but the majority will spook, ignore your fly or play dead leaving you frustrated and doubting if you have any fishing skill at all. The one you do catch down here may just be a talking point for a long time so don’t give up.

There have been good reports of plenty of dry fly action on the Tongariro especially in the evenings which have had many locals trying their luck with small caddis patterns. This is great sport for guys which cant fish for long due to health, work or family commitments as the best rise has only been happening for the last hour before dark. Anglers which have been out all day report the odd fish breaking the surface and accepting small patterns such as Para Adams but the majority are still on the nymph in the faster runs which are full of oxygen.

The Upper Tongariro still has good numbers of trout and with another raft trip up there tomorrow I will have a better idea on things up there but I will assume fish are still in good numbers and catch-able as they were last week. I love fishing this water and totally take full advantage of having the privilege of a raft as it opens up so many pools which are usually untouched. One thing that never changes is the scenery and I never get sick of staring high into the top of the gorge admiring the native bush with waterfalls and springs tumbling down and into the river. Some trout up this high are still in spawn mode and will actually still grab hold of a glo bug so I will be restocking the box before I go in the morning.

Angling pressure through out Taupo at the moment is almost nil with very few anglers venturing out in the heat of the day leaving large stretches of river for those tough nuts that do. It must be a great time to experiment with different waters which are new to you or those which are always taken by first light in the winter so sneak up before Christmas and get one last cast in for the year.

With 14km of fresh water to cover in the morning I better get of to bed and dream up my best plan for tommorow always backed up with plan b and c as you never know what to expect on the day. Have a great week guys and really hope to catch up with you on the river some day soon.

Tight lines

Andrew Christmas