Thursday 17th March 2016


Overcast with light drizzly rain falling at times. The Tongariro is still highly fishable. We got some rain yesterday and a little bit more today but nothing to make the river unfishable. The ground was getting pretty dry and we really needed that.

I have noticed a lot of trees are really starting to change to their Autumn colours now.  It seems to have happened very quickly. The days are also getting very short now. Another 2-3 weeks and we will be out of daylight savings.

Rainbows should be trickling up river starting to spawn now. The better conditioned ones I have seen have been caught on the wetline, so I would suggest to give that a burn.  More rain should move more.

I went for a fish to the backcountry on Tuesday with my Swedish mate Kjell .... he's not very happy with me ..... he wanted a photo taken so I cast out my line into the pool and then put my rod down on the river bank to walk back to the edge of the vegetation to take the picture.  Once I had taken the picture I picked up my rod to wind in the line so we could move upriver.  Upon winding ... the line took off !!  I had a fish on the end !!!  Kjell couldn't believe it "Oh My God .... that is unbelievable!!" he said "you caught a fish without even holding onto your rod !!!!!!!" ....  I said that is why I am called the "Master Genius!".



(Above) Clear water in the Major Jones Pool at 1:00pm today. No anglers here .... just a perfect day to be out and about.  No wind either.

(Below) Looking upstream to the Breakfast Pool.  Only one angler way up just below the swing bridge.


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