Saturday 19th May 2018


Overcast with light drizzly rain falling at times. No wind as of 9:00am.  The Tongariro River is flowing at 28.8 cumecs and is highly fishable for both the wetline and nymph. 

There have been some really nice solid rainbows showing up in the Tongariro River over the last week.  The numbers should continue to build over the next few months.  So long as it rains it should keep anglers happy.  Once the sun comes out with the frosty days and the water gets really clear then this will be a case of the 90% of the anglers will most likely struggle with the fishing and they will then want to wait for more rain ( being here long term and observing this year to year, the same thing generally happens - a little bit different last year where we had lots of rain and high water kept the fishing firing).  Others will continue to fish in those low clear conditions and do quite well.  It will be interesting to see what the Winter has in store for us.  The weather is still relatively mild for this time of the year, however I feel we could be in for a doozy in terms of snow this year .... we haven't really had one of those Winters for a while.  It would be nice to actually get some snow settle on the ground in Turangi for a change. If snow does land it usually melts straight away or if we are lucky it looks like we have a dusting of icing sugar.  It doesn't happen very often though. Our forte is usually about 10 days of nice frosty sunny weather.  Frosts usually get down to about -2 to -5 degree celcius.  Usually we have a pretty good climate here in Turangi. About 10 years ago or so I remember walking around in a T-shirt at the end of May, so the warm may not be as uncommon as you think. 

(Below) I received this photo and email yesterday thanks to Davey from Taumarunui who landed this nice solid fish nymphing. 

Hi Jared.

Fish in photo taken this morning nymphing..not caught in Bridge Pool or below..above Red Hut. 4.5lbs of prime lucky we are. I did not see another angler above the bridge..astounding.

All the Best,

Davey from Taumarunui.


davey edward tongariro nymphing may 2018.jpg


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