Hi guys,

Well as you will all be aware we are getting some really cold mornings followed by some amazing days at the moment. I have been up fairly early most mornings and suffered -3 temperatures followed with some frosts which at times take till mid morning to melt. Winter mornings like these generally mean fish will be moving into rivers most nights so the winter fishing has officially started thats for sure. Angling pressure during the week can be classed as moderate and the weekends have been busy. The smaller rivers like the Hine an parts of the Waitahanui have been getting hit hard early in the morning but quiet by 9am with anglers pushing onto the Tongariro or home for breakfast.

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I have only guided twice since we spoke last with a full day on Friday with three guys from Auckland and a half day on Saturday with Father and Son from Plamerston. I had a good day with the boys on Friday catching fish in most pools and ending the tally with about ten landed from the upper river but struggled on Saturday morning landing only the one trout with 10 year old Josh.  Most fish have been caught on small natural patterns but I will assume with the colder mornings and dull light the glo bug will soon come into it’s own and take fish most days throughout the Taupo fishery.

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As I thought there seems to be a few more anglers in the middle and upper sections of the Tongariro now the lower river and braids has changed so dramatically. The lower river is actually looking pretty good and those who have ventured down there are getting the better fish usually swinging the weline through the deeper longer pools or along side willows. I love wet lining at this time of year and get alot of enjoyment feeling that thumping take when a fish turns on your fly in fast water only to find out ure fly has a sharp point on it which  has secured his fate. I find simple patterns again work best and generally stick with Wolly Buggers with a flashy tail or Rabbit patterns tied in various colours. I must admit it does seem that the wet lining guys do get the better fish generally, not sure why?

I spoke to local fisherman Russell this morning and he reported a fairly hard day on the Hine during the week but he did manage to land a fish in excess of 6lb. Quite a story to this one as while he was feeling about trying to recover his preist the fish managed to have a stroke of luck and make its way back to the waters edge and slither back into the current which provided freedom, good onya Russell!! Apparantly this was a very good hen with thick  flanks which provided a very good fight from fast water but is now back swimming the river with glo bug attached!

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Night fishing has been patchy but some good reports are rolling in from the Hine mouth and the Waitahanui especially when the conditions suit with no wind. I could’nt go through the pain of the cold crisp night at the moment so will just take anglers word for it. The delta has also produced plenty of trout throughout the day but you will need an extra fast sinking line here to really get down to the depth of the fish on the drop off, for this reason it can fish well all day.

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Promising weeks ahead and we should all see some productive days from the Taupo fishery.

Tight lines

Andrew