Hi guys

 

Over the last three mornings the fishing has been so good it has even had me out of bed and up the rivers at 6am. As expected this season is going to be one to remember with fish being in the best condition I have ever seen them I think. The westerly winds have been blowing fairly constant overnight and right through the day setting up the perfect water for the Waitahanui. This is where I have fished this week and its quite simply the best I have seen it. The locals have been slaying fish in the bridge pool over the weekend by their dozens but I have done quite well hooking into the few that make it into the river especially the lower section. I was ecstatic to land a 6 lb jack yesterday morning and watch Dad land a 5 lb jack this morning from the same pool.

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I have actually enjoyed fishing this water over the past few days and slowly coming to terms with how to fish and where, it seems if you have a good amount of weight on with a glo bug you are in the money right now. This river has always been famous for the big fish of lake Taupo and it really is living up to its name at the moment, there are still some huge browns sneaking around the edges. We still need some good rain to really make the fish move into all systems for winter especially the Hine and my favourite the Tongariro. The Hine will receive the largest runs first followed by the Tongariro but we really need a fresh for this to happen. Fortunately the Waitahanui will still see good numbers of fish over winter as it runs at the same level most days due to the spring which feeds it. If you have not ventured up this pretty little river the time is now, an open mind is  a must while fishing here.

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Over the weekend Keren and I looked after 6 year old Brock and we decided to try and make him tired by walking him up the river and teaching him to fish. This certainly was close to my heart and memories came flooding back as I know my Dad taught me in the same area at the same age, Brock’s enthusiasm was to be jealous of.  It was a pleasure to answer questions and try and make this sport as fun as one can for a 6 year old but as expected patience was short lived and we needed to hook him a trout to light up this experience. As you can see we managed to hook and land a good fish for him and not even his freezing cold feet could take the smile of his face, the phone conversation to his Mother that night how he landed 3 trout reminded me also of tiny lies I might have told as a kid too. (possibly still do)

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The downside of fishing in this area once again become apparent to me and the few people I was with over the weekend when we stumbled upon the  rubbish dump site which locals seem to like getting rid of their rubbish into. As beautiful as this river is and can be at times I just cant get my head around why people would want to dump their rubbish right onto the banks of the river where everyone walks straight past. Basically these individuals don’t want to pay the small fee at the dump to get rid of items like car seats, bonnets, cans, nappies, strollers etc, its all there if you look hard enough. This is not kiwi, its not human yet it still happens and has been happening in this area for years , I only hope it fills up soon and they find somewhere else to put it which maybe fisherman might not have to walk past to access the next pool or river stretch. It was a bit awkward when the young fella asks why it was all there and who put it there and not in the rubbish bins to recycle!

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With the fishing pressure the Waitahanui is getting right now it is holding up pretty well. Fish are still getting caught through most of the river but 90 % are getting caught and killed at the straight or close to the bridge. Would be nice to see some rangers show up in these areas first thing in the morning, hopefully there are a few fish running the rivers at night and safely make it in for spawning.

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Hope to see you on the river soon, hope for some rain !!

Andrew