Wednesday 18th October 2017


Fine and sunny. No wind as of 9:00am. The Tongariro is clear and fishable.  Wow !!!  Unbelievable ... a near perfect Spring day !!!!

What can I talk about today ..... umm Jared and Andrew are working far too much and we need more volunteers to work for us so we can do more fishing .... any takers ?

There is some good sight fishing to be had on the Tongariro at present.  Try using a dry and dropper and also if you can, a "spotter" comes in handy.  The spotter can direct you where to cast and can also call "the strike". 

Fishing on a sunny day is a bonus if you wish to spot fish.  I find the overcast days a lot harder as the water appears darker.  Get yourself a good pair of polarized sunglasses.  There are generally three reasons to use sunglasses while fishing.  The first is to protect your eyes from UV radiation and also getting to stop getting a wayward fly striking you in the eye ... the second is used to cut glare from the surface of the river to help spot fish  .... and the third is to cut glare off the surface to make wading much easier.  This allows you to look " through" the water to see the boulders and rocks to avoid !  There is a fourth reason for some .... to look cool ?

The choice of fishing at the moment is immense.  You can nymph, wetline, dry fly fish, fish the river mouths and also fish the small lakes that have opened.  Too much to do and too little time to do it ! Springtime is one of my favourite times of the year to fish .... apart from the wind that we can get !


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(Above) A photo without using a polarized lens .... can you see the fish ?

(Below) The same picture as above but with a polarized set of sunglasses in front of the camera lens. See the much better definition for spotting fish and being able to see this big round boulder if you were wading.

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(Above) Without the sunglasses in front of the lens.

(Below) With the sunglasses in front of the lens.

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