Hi guys,

Well this could be my last blog as Saturday the 21st is supposed to be the day when the world suffers a world wide earthquake which devastates man kind-yeah right, this could be the new TUI add!  Anyway tomorrow I will enjoy my last two day guide and net the last trout known to man kind in hope that the next life form on earth discovers how great the Tongariro was fishing prior to the event. Typical really, we go months with no fish to speak of at all and the week that things look good we are served with a warning that our time is up-those wanting to catch their last trout better pack their gear in the morning.

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In all seriousness the mighty Tongarrio has again be great the last couple of days with good numbers of trout from most pools. Angling pressure was fairly heavy over the weekend but come Monday the river was almost empty which was surprising as it was at a perfect level an still had plenty of fish holding in the middle reaches.  I was lucky enough to be out with a very good angler and fellow guide from Canada and we had an absolute ball which left Chris with enthusiasm to come back here yearly.

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I have been guiding Chris in the backcountry due to the local rivers being slow but with the higher water conditions and cold snap it was nice to make the call to get back to the Tongariro and show him really what this gem can produce when firing. All fish were in pretty sharp condition with only the odd jack fully coloured up and sporting full spawning colours. I fished with small naturals such as hare and coppers and green caddis but Chris heaved glo bugs all day which produced just as many fish. We are experiencing real winter fishing conditions right now and from what I saw over the last couple of days it looks very promising for this river to have an exceptional year.

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I always love to see a brownie come to the net and again I was not disappointed when I managed to land a impressive 6lb silver hen from the upper section of the Stag pool. It really is becoming late for these fish but we still have good numbers pushing through which is just astonishing. The river has been running at about 35cumecs and crossing can be hard and dangerous I would recommend that if you want to fish this water be at the top of your game or walk the long way around-it’s just not worth getting wet for.

Chris and I did not start fishing till after lunch as we got stuck sipping tea with Ross and keeping him company as Pip is away on holidays again! but we still managed to hook over 20 fish, this is good fishing guys. After so much moaning and groaning from anglers which either hit it wrong or just cant fish it is nice to be able to prove to myself that the fishery is in good nic and we have nothing to really worry about.

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I have to touch on backcountry as well as it has again been a fantastic option which has saved me when the local rivers have been quiet. It is very hard to tell you guys to hit these remote rivers as conditions at this time of year have to perfect to pull a good day of out here. Think totally opposite to the local Taupo fishery, if the rivers are rising and water is colouring up forget about backcountry as trout just don’t react well but get them coming down or low and clear and get ready for the day of a life time. These two different river systems compliment each other well as we technically should be able to find good fishing regardless of the weather or river levels. Trout in these rivers are in good condition at the moment as they have had all summer to become fat and healthy. Resident fish will always be better sport than those spawning fish in the Tongariro simply because they haven’t be running up rapids so expect some amazing battles.

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All in all a good week should be had by most anglers so get up here now and join me in catching some of the seasons best and first fish to run the Taupo rivers. Unless of coarse Saturdays predictions go to plan and the world disasters happen.

Cheers

Andrew