Hi guys,

A busy week has passed finally with some sunny still conditions which in my opinion has been good for our fishing both locally and backcountry. Fishing has been good everywhere and the experienced adventurous angler should be having good results most days using all methods. Dry fly has been exciting in the backcountry with most fish really looking hard for the surface scrambling Cicadas now which are a great amount of food for our fish which should pile the weight on them.

 The Brown Trout fishing on the Tongariro currently could be the best that I have seen. I love this time of year for fishing and as you know I will go out and target big Browns when I have some spare time. In my opinion it would have to be the best most consistent big brown fishery in New Zealand. That’s a big call…..but how many rivers can you go to and spot 20- 30 fish which would push over 7lb in a day? Some days I have frustrating days with fish looking at the offering and turning away at last minute or sometimes they might not even look at all but sit dead in the water sleeping in the afternoon sun but just sometimes it all comes together and two or three which are feeding will get caught. The average angler certainly has seen and had more chances at big browns than ever before. The Brown Trout are now what anglers come to the Tongariro to see and target yet these wonderful creatures are labelled by some as responsible for the decline of the Rainbow Trout fishery, what a load of rubbish.

The only thing the browns are guilty for would be giving hope, encouragement and magic memories to anglers which without them would be looking upon the fishery in a very different way. The two pics above are of clients which I fished with this week from England and Canada which both caught their largest ever trout and said it was the highlight of their trip in New Zealand, look at those smiles. This is why I am a guide.

Browns and rainbows are both taking from the surafce most of the day especially on bright sunny conditions. I have been using a big Black Cicada with a dropper below, this combination being deadly in the shallower riffles which trout will be holding in for extra food and oxygen. Angling pressure on the Tongariro has been fairly low during the week giving most anglers fresh water to explore all day especially those willing to walk of the track. Best places for me and clients have been from Stag through to the Boulder Reach remembering I like to look for Brownies.

The backcountry has been flawless and every trip out there over the past few weeks has been very productive with varying sizes of trout. I fished two days this week with Ken from England on both the Tongariro and in the mountains which he described as simply amazing. The backcountry is low at the moment and rocks have become slippery which for most anglers are hard to navigate safely especially when hooked to a trout peeling down river. As you can see from the picture of Ken we caught alot of  trout in the 1-2lb but simply could not move over the rocks quick enough to recover line on the bigger trout. Part of the reason they were hard to land is that they were holding in pocket water or fast riffles using the oxygen as the slower water or pools have now become stale or stagnant with low conditions.

Reading water like this is very important in being a good angler and once you have this skill you can use it on every river you may ever fish and it will be the difference between a good or average day. Basic patterns are best and most of my box will be full of Hare and Coppers, Prince Nymphs, Caddis Patterns and varying PT nymphs,keep it simple. 

Tight lines people

Andrew