Monday 6th March 2017


Overcast start to the day here in Turangi today. A slight breeze blowing.  The Tongariro is clear and fishable. It appears as if rain may be on the way for the rest of the week.  Feels like Autumn is well and truly here.  Temperatures have dropped quite a lot now. Hopefully if the rain is decent it will get some more good sized brown trout moving up river and may also kick off some of the early rainbows to run. 

Peter Carty was out and about on the Tongariro over the last few days and had a bit of action on the Lace Moth / Passion Vine Hopper and managed to get a few rise up and take his fly. He said he scared a few HUGE browns too.

(Below) This rainbow succumbed to a Lace Moth interpretation. The difference between spin fishing and fly fishing is that fly fishing involves the art of replicating something a fish may feed on and then presenting this hook in a way to a fish that the fish actually takes it. There is also an art to tying a fly pattern that actually works and it gives anglers great satisfaction tying a fly that catches a fish.

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(Below) Peter Carty at his tying desk here in Sporting Life.  Pete is usually on hand (when he's at work) to offer advice to those budding fly tiers that have some questions.


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