Friday 22nd December 2017

 

Overcast here in Turangi this morning. No wind as of 11:00am. The Tongariro is clear and fishable.

I managed to get out for a burn on the Tongariro River last night. It ended up being quite windy but wasn't impossible to fish. I met up with Trevor from Taupo and we decided to start off nymphing waiting for the evening rise. 

The nymphing was just on fire.  We hooked about 10 or 12 before the rise started.  The fish took Flashback Hares Ears, Flashback Pheasant Tails, Prince Nymphs, Pheasant Tail bomb and White Caddis. Most of the fish are now recovering rainbows but they put up quite a good fight. 

I heard a few cicadas chirping while it was still sunny and quite warm yesterday evening. 

We waited until the rise started.  The fish were a little slow to start with and didn't really go for the Mayflies but then went nuts on the Caddis. The rise ended up being quite intense but short. 

 

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(Above) A typical looking rainbow that you will most likely pick up in the Tongariro at present.  After spawning the fish usually stay in the river to recover and feed on the insect life such as Mayflies, Caddis and Stoneflies. 

(Below) Trevor with a nicely coloured up Tongariro Rainbow.

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(Above & Below) I was trialing out the new Airflo Blade fly rod last night. This was a #6 and really cast well.  It put the fly in exactly the right place where you wanted it to go and it fought the fish well. The bonus is it also comes with a spare tip just in case you are a long walk up a river and have an accident with your one you can just slip the new one on and continue fishing. For $349.99 a rod well worth.

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(Below) I hooked this fat little brown on a dry fly Mayfly.

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(Below) Here it is after I release it.  It sat in this position for a while before it sidled off. 

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(Above & Below) I hooked these fish using the Sporting Caddis right on dark .... the fish at the bottom put up a mega fight and I had to run 60-70 yards downriver to eventually land it.  The Airflo Blade was just slicing through the fish !!!

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(Below) I was pleasantly surprised to see this huge bug out and about last night. This is a Dobson Fly adult ... some of you may know the nymph as the "toe biter"or creeper nymph.

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