Thursday 1st March 2018


Overcast. No wind as of 9:00am. The Tongariro is clear and fishable and flowing at 33 cumecs.

I spent the last few days fishing the Tongariro with my Swedish mate Kjell.  I would say the fishing has been challenging.  Due to the high water since January and the floods that we have been having it has knocked quite a few fish out of the system.  In saying that if you do the right things and fish the right technique for the right location then you should still pick up fish.  I would say that we are in the 10% of anglers will catch 90% of the fish category again.  I've found over the last few times out I seem to have done better using the wetline.

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(Above) This is my Swedish mate Kjell Frank fishing the Hydro Pool yesterday evening.  It was nice on the river once the sun came out.

(Below) One other angler fishing opposite the Mangamawhitiwhiti Stream towards the tail of the Hydro Pool.

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(Above) Kjell fishing opposite the Pumice Cliff at the Hydro Pool yesterday evening.  Some nice looking water here.

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(Below) I picked up a few fish on the nymph yesterday. I would describe the fish as lean at the moment. I think it is because a lot of the insect life has been knocked out of the river from the flooding and high water and lack of sunshine we have had since January. Normally the fish in the river would have been feeding on quite abundant insect life.  In saying that the fish that I have hooked have been really good fighters.  Still picking up quite a few tiddlers in the 6-8 inch size. 

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(Below) Another fish hooked nymphing yesterday.

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(Below) I hooked this one on the wetline in the river. Once again a nice silver fish but you can see how lean it is.

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(Below) Another fish hooked on the wetline.

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(Below) Check out how many bees were on the side of the river yesterday !!  Just "bee" careful where you stand on the sandy patches close to the river bank at the moment as there were quite a few areas where there were bees.  I think I counted 27 bees here.  The thing is they are not interested in you and I got down about a foot away to take the photo. They were using their front legs to scrape the sand away.

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