Friday 13th October 2017


Overcast with a bit of a gusty SW wind at times. No rain ... yet ... which is a bonus. The Tongariro is highly fishable today. 

Just ended up being too busy in the shop yesterday to get the website done !!  The school holidays have been quite busy which is good. We had a sunny day yesterday which was a bonus as well. This has allowed the rivers to drain a bit for the weekend fishing.

Anglers are reporting plenty of fish in the Tongariro but a few are now catching recovering or spent fish.  This is to be expected at this time of the year as those fish that have been in the river for the last few months spawning will have lost condition during this process. No cause for panic or alarm as this is the NATURAL process of what these fish do.  The good thing is they are now feeding on the nymph life and insect life and will provide plenty of sport for the next few months on dry flies.

There are still fresh run fish coming through but a different approach will be needed to secure some of the better ones.  Last week it appeared some of the fresher fish caught looked to be taken using the wetline. The skinny slabby fish will generally take a natural nymph as they are now feeding to gain condition. The better conditioned fish I caught last week tended to favour the glo bug. 

Also keep your eyes peeled for hatching mayflies and rising fish. This activity should increase in the next month or so (weather and flood dependent).

On Wednesday we had reports that a big slip must have come down in the Tauranga-Taupo river as the water coloured up and lots of pumice was reported floating down the river.  Anglers ended up fishing the Tongariro for some clearer water.   With the amount of rain that we have been having this year the ground is pretty sodden so slips may occur. 

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