Hi guys,

Again sorry for the lack of reports but I have plenty to tell you as I have been on the river for the last week. We have had some pretty good weather here in Taupo with only one or two wet days and the odd shower over night. Plenty of snow seems to be on the hills and we have enjoyed typical winter days with cold mornings and clear skies. Unfortunately the rivers are again quite low and the lake is also not very high making the spawning runs spasmodic and fairly slow.

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In saying that I have seen very good fishing over the past week and urge you anglers to hit the rivers early as it is very much a case that the early bird catches the worm. The Hine has received some lovely runs of stunning trout but they are moving very quick and once the sun is on the water the freshies are hard to find. Most anglers have been able to find some older coloured fish up river as far as the Cliff pool but the fresh fish have been hard to locate after the bridge. No rocket science to catching these just make sure you have got enough weight on for the water conditions and a freshly tied glo bug.

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It has been very interesting lately on the Hine as I have seen quite a pattern after fishing there most mornings for the week. The river despite being low and clear for the most part is getting a small run of fish every night but they are always either all hens or all jacks. I will assume the males are running up finding position then waiting for the hens to follow. The females are so fat with eggs the flesh quality has suffered and should be more orange than it has been. The male fish are in very good order and are the pic of the fish to keep for the smoker with good flesh and thick sides which offer plenty of eating. This is typical of recent years when fish will wait for rain in the lake or stream mouths but when it doesn’t come they are forced into a clear shallow river as there eggs have become so ripe and they just have to go! In short the fish are in great condition and you will be happy with your catch-check out those fish in the pics!!!

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The Tongariro still has many anglers guessing as many of you still seem to be stuck in the 8Os and want all the runs to arrive in June and July like they once did. The river is not easy at the moment but if you are willing to walk and have an open mind you will catch fish here. I guided Phil Norman here last week from the Blue pool right down to the Major Jones and landed  10, they were dark fish but they were fish. I have then spent two days on here with Derrick and Vern after hitting the Hine early on both mornings and caught 6 or 7 each time by moving through water quickly. This river is in desperate need of a good flood-Id be happy to see a 500 cumec flood rip through it right now just to turn a few stones over and get some fish running in. The fish will come in the next few months based around the wind and rain we receive, Tongariro spawning runs are very much dictated by the weather these days, it’s extremely hard to judge.

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There still some good browns to be had in the Tongariro and the Hydro seems to be holding the best of them. I have fished up through the likely spots such as the Stag and Cattle Rustlers and seen only the odd fish but the Hydro has been spitting them out especially in the 6 -7 lb range. To enhance your chances of one of these special fish try using a scruffy nymph or a large front fly while nymphing they quite often take ugly looking patterns. If wet lining is your thing they are suckers for Woolly Buggers at night fished on a sinking line.

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One great thing about the low lake level is that it has made fishing the river mouths very productive. Being able to get right out the drop off with fast sink tip lines or full sinking lines has opened up a new fishery for many. There are some amazing fish coming of these river mouths like the Waimarino, Hine and Waitahanui. A white Boobie will be the best fly in day light conditions closely followed by the heave and leave glo bug patterns which most of you have seen. The slower the retrieve the more effective.

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I must finish up by thanking the guys I have fished with over the past week it has been so much fun and great to see you progress as better anglers. There are two guys which hassle me constantly about never updating my reports and they appear in one of these photos -there you go guys you can now look at yourselves every morning 🙂 Fishing is great people and it is the year that Taupo will shine so don’t miss out get in touch now!!

Tight lines

Andrew Christmas