Hi guys,

Taupo region has finally had a substantial amount of rain and has been wet enough to raise some flows in major rivers like the Tongariro and blow smaller rivers out to un fishable. Expect good reactions from trout which have been waiting for this exact weather as they will be moving through the river as their levels drop. It is nice to also see the weather is not really easing off and should back up with some more rain and wind which will induce yet another lot of fish to run, these are winter spawning runs.

Fishing over the past week has been fairly solid in the smaller rivers and I had a good day with clients on Saturday in the Hine. We actually started the day on the Tongariro but was disappointed with the amount of fish we were hooking from usually productive water . Abandoning the mighty river we got onto the Hine late morning and enjoyed good fishing from the first pool right through till when we called it quits at 4pm. In my opinion this river has been the best so far this season with most pools having trout in them to target on any given day. I must admit though as the season draws on the Tongariro will pick up and again earn the respect to be known for the best river to fish in the winter in NZ.

While rivers remain high with colour you will find glo bugs best to fish, especially in the margins and at times bigger the better. Quite often fishing the margins will pick up the slabby fish and most browns if they are about but expect to be surprised while fishing dirty water as you just never know. I find fishing water while it is receding to be the most productive and not always the very next day after a flood. Fish will move in the river during the rain or when the river is rising but you need to give them a day or two to get to where you are or they are going to show up on your radar.

Wet lining will always take good numbers of trout and in my experience take the bigger stronger fish when compared to nymph fisherman. With plenty of water washing down the rivers swinging a wet fly can be very fun and a productive way to get to water which nymphers may not. Most keen fisherman will generally carry a box of wet fly patterns along with a sink tip or full sink line. Quite a fast or heavy line is best in the in rivers such as the Tongariro especially when fishing fast and deep water. Wet lining or streamer fishing has been arownd since trout were introduced to the fishery and was for decades the only way to take trout in Taupo until the introduction of nymphimg 25 – 30 years ago.

Through the grape vine it seems as it always does that poachers have again been frequenting some rivers taking trout in ways which don’t play part in sport fishing. Sometimes they have problems with counting also which leaves a bad taste through out the fishing community. I must agree with some other anglers, guides and shop owners in that I have not seen a fishery inspector for quite sometime on these targeted rivers. With a new licence effective of the 1st of the month I’d hope to see some power and authority on the rivers looking after this precious resource . It seems DOC managed to send 40 of their staff from around NZ  to Australia to train on how to put out bush fires, a skill which they will never use for a cost of $100.000 so hopefully they can afford to send 1 0r 2 rangers to various rivers to patrol a special part of NZ ??

Looking forward to a great week