Hey guys,

I am still over in the UK soaking up overcast days and humid sprinkles of rain which they call a proper English summer but the fishing back home looks as though it will be red hot in the next few days with the rain that Taupo has had. Home sickness has well and truly kicked in and the thought of drifting a weighted nymph through the Stag pool has some very strong appeal right now.

I have stayed in touch with websites and reports over the past few days and it seems that most anglers which are getting out early are doing very well with traditional winter methods. With high water in most rivers you will get away with fishing has heavy as you like and in most cases the faster you get down the better your chance of hooking a spawning fish will be so test those skills and get that bomb or fast sinking line rolling out.

The Tongariro currently looks perfect at the moment and it would be the pic of all rivers for me as this can fish really well with high coloured water. We all know how busy this place can be so be sure to try and get your booking into Ross at TRM ASAP so you dont miss out on a great stay while in Turangi. I think he may already be booked Fri night but you may be still lucky for Sat night .

The Hine and Waytoohardanuie both have received runs of fish in the past few days and the middle reaches will be holding fresh. The Hine has again been great although the condition is slowly starting to fall away but should be compensated with the firing Tongariro. Glo bugs will still be doing well and should continue for another few months yet but one should never be scared to pull out the small naturals if confronted with a hard or bright day.

I will be back in the next week or so and will be going into guiding with Joe straight away so will have some great reports and up to date photo;s for you very soon. Hope you have all left some fish for me to play with.

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Tight lines guys