Thursday 18th February 2016


2:00pm Heavy torrential rain falling again.


10:30am  Flow rate graph was lying ... river still going up over 200 cumecs and will be unfishable today.   



(Above & Below) These pictures are thanks to Jens taken at 10:15am this morning. As we say the river is "too thick to drink and too thin to plough!"


(Below) Out the back of the Creel Lodge. 



9:50am  It looks like the Tongariro has peaked in town at about 141 cumecs and is on its way down.  This may be fishable for the keen or desperate late this afternoon ( depends if there is any more rain or not ).  Might have to dust off the wetline to give it a burn.


8:30am The Tongariro is flooded and still on the rise at the gauge in Turangi.  It has peaked at 160 cumecs in the headwaters.  The river will be unfishable for most of today. 

More rain is forecast for later in the day so this may slow the recovery time of the river. If you are lucky the earliest to fish may be late this afternoon but I would say most likely tomorrow. 

This summer has been a completely different summer than the last three that we have experienced.  The last three summers brought drought conditions with long dry spells. This year we are back to a more wetter type with sticky humid weather (not uncommon for February). Some of the biggest floods the Tongariro has sustained over the years have been in February.  Especially the one of 2004 which got up to 1450 cumecs.  Today's flood looks like it might get up to about 200 cumecs.  Quite a small one in terms of floods for the Tongariro.  In 1998 I think there were two big floods of about 800 cumecs in the space of a week which really started the change in the course of the river. 

Here are a couple of responses to the Bee photo that I put on the web yesterday.


Bees at or near the water edge are there to drink, bees in the sand away from the water are taking in salt. Bees need water to quench the dry and salt in the making of honey,  on hot day around beehives if one has bit of a sweat up bees will land on you to get the salt, no reason to panic they are not aggressive.


Hi Jared,
The bees in your picture are drinking water as they need it to produce honey. Often in this heat you will also see them around swamps and edges of ponds. They are not getting enough from the grasses or trees.

Regards Wayne.


Here is a little bit of delayed coverage around the 13th February thanks to Michael Bakker.  Michael writes:

Nice fish on the swing




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