Hi guys,

Well we have had some weather in the past week or so which has kept most of us on our toes and thinking twice before committing any lengthy time to the rivers. I unfortunately failed in being able to get my client Wayne from the mountain this week as the road was closed every morning at National Park for the first part of the week. Wayne and his wife were here for a skiing and fishing trip but staying in such a hard to get at resort prevented any hope of getting him on the water but I do believe they got some good skiing in! Thursday was the last ditched effort at retrieving Wayne from the frozen over resort but as you can see the road was just so dangerous and the weather so wild I had to throw the towel in sorry mate-I tried my best!!

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Check out the new guiding wheels-classy eh! Thankfully this is a borrowed vehicle in which I can be spotted in for the next few weeks as while I was away in the USA someone really wanted my truck more than I did-must have been the tyre cover advertising against Didymo!

Angling has been very low during the week on the Tongariro but the weekend sure was a busy place with anglers out in force early most days. Good numbers of fish have been coming out from under the bridge most mornings and some good numbers of fish could be seen holding here early in the week. This pool or piece of water has been very productive in the past few years which still has me wondering why so many trout can be in here and very little everywhere else? Anglers skill levels are generally quite poor in here and it seems if you get the right amount of weight on and a big enough glo bug you are sorted, good to know as a back up.

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It seems that some anglers are scared of the wind. Fly fishing can be very hard in the wind and tests the best anglers skills but there are many ways around this problem to still make the most of your precious day. This week has been a classic cold , windy wintry week which if you dont know your water you may have had a hard frustrating time but no reason to give the day away. The Tongariro is by far my most favourite river most weeks but being so big and open it is the worst river to be fishing in these conditions so it is important that all good anglers know more than one section of one river to maximise their time.

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Taupo has heaps of options to get out of the wind and some which are very much go to rivers or pools in the winter months when the spawning runs are solid. The Hine is a small pretty and productive little stream which anglers can get to within the hour no matter where you are in the Taupo region. It does not matter if there is a small cyclone on lake Taupo or blowing down the Tongariro you will be able to effectively fish this water with ease. Remember that the Hine has been the best river in the last couple of seasons with big numbers of spawning fish and it is not very often you can not find something in the lower section of this little gem. Many anglers are scared to fish this water as it does hold a lot of hard snags but with a little bit of exploring and a pocket full of split shot you could easily have this river to yourself while easier to fish rivers could be busy.

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The Waitahanui is not a friendly river to me but that is simply because I have not spent the time here to discover every nook and cranny where fish should hang out. This river holds such a big piece of angling history to Taupo and still today gets it’s fare share of solid fish in the winter months not to mention the trophy browns which can be found in the summer. This river is of similar size to the Hine and will be another go to river when the wind is howling elsewhere as you can always find a stretch which is fishable and will not give you too much grief. This is a spring fed river and is truly amazing water which trout can be polarised in most days sitting under weed beds or over hanging banks. To be very good on this river you must simply put the time in and explore access points, crossings and where trout lie.

I have been out guiding today with fellow guide Brett Cameron in which we handled a group of 5 keen guys which were in Taupo for a boys weekend. Knowing the Tongariro would be busy with fisherman and the conditions were not great we decided to fish between the Hine and Waitahanuie and leave the bigger water alone. Surprisingly we did not have to share the water with many anglers and all our guys enjoyed landing a fish each which varied from very fresh to very coloured up and on their way back to the lake.

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We found the best fishing to be up Blake Rd on the Waitahanui while fishing a lot of weight with small but bright glo bugs. I will be out on the Tongariro tomorrow morning with another set of guys so hopefully we will have some more positive fishing results to report-things are not that bad out there if you have done your homework. Let the good weather continue.

Tight lines

Andrew