Tuesday 15th November 2016


9:30am raining steady now

Overcast, dark and grey looking. No rain or wind as of 9:00am. The Tongariro is flowing at a highly fishable 32 cumecs as of 9:00am. The river came up to just over a 100 cumecs on Saturday and was unfishable but is now only 32 cumecs and highly fishable. The minor flood of Saturday should have scoured a lot of nymphs out from under the rock and made them easy targets for trout. They will have been gorging themselves on the abundant Mayfly and Caddis nymphs.

I drove up to Taupo yesterday and looked at the Waitahanui rip as I was going past thinking I should have taken my fishing gear. It looked really good to fish.   The rip was almost going straight out from the bridge.  The lake is very high at the moment.

Here is a little bit of delayed coverage from the weekend.

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(Above) This photo is a 6.5lb brown from Lake O thanks to Shaun.

(Below) Jason from River Birches luxury accommodation writes :

Hi SL,

It is nice to be in the river on Sunday. Here is a rainbow hen caught while wet lining in the Tongariro. Caught it in the 1st 15min.


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(Above & Below) These pictures and email are thanks to Erich. There are still some cracker fresh run rainbows coming through the Tongariro.

Cheers Erich (not the Chinese Eric)

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