Monday 26th March 2018


Overcast with high cloud.  The sun trying to poke through.  No wind as of 9:00am. The Tongariro is highly fishable. 

Andrew reports some good fishing at the Tauranga-Taupo river mouth with some good night fishing reported. Mixture of browns and rainbows. Mostly rainbows caught. He reports pulses of fish moving through at times.  Try lumo type patterns such as lumo Black Rabbit, lumo Marabou, lumo Scotch Poacher, lumo Craig's Nighttime. 

andrew burden tauranga taupo river mouth fishing march 2018.jpg


A few fish will be looking at running now that we are heading further into Autumn. Each time we get some rain then more should run. Some of these early run rainbows can be good sized fish.  More browns should be moving upriver as well.   Now is a good time to come fishing if you want to secure yourself one of these big beasts, especially in the Tongariro River.  Try wetlining in dirty water or wetlining early morning or just after dark which seems to be the easier way to catch these fish. 

I received this photo and email this morning thanks to Jason Bleibtreu from River Birches lodge.  Jason writes:

Hi Sporting Life,

The Tongariro is fishing well this Monday morning for Paul Vane-Tempest who is visiting from Australia. Paul shows off a resident brown trout caught while nymphing in the upper reaches of the Tongariro Monday at 9am. Paul went out with local guide Andrew Christmas as this was Paul’s first time ever fly fishing.


Jason Bleibtreu
River Birches Lodge

andrew christmas brown trout march 2018.jpg

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