Thursday 26th July 2018


Overcast with showers passing through. A slight SW breeze. The Tongariro is clear and fishable.

I managed to get out for a flick on the Tongariro on Tuesday.  My day off coincided with some nice sunny weather for a change, so I thought I would go for an explore.  I started off at the Hydrop Pool and wandered my way up through the Kamahi, Admirals and up to the tail of the Cicada Pool.

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(Above) I landed this hen at the Hydro Pool on the wetline.

(Below) Looking off the Cliff to the town side of the Hydro Pool.  Just one angler fishing here.


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(Above) What a cracker day it was on Tuesday.  There was a good frost so I started about 10:00am to let the frost lift and allow other anglers to freeze and then head home. This is looking across the farmland to the Umukarikari Range. Walking along here I caught up with Ivan and his mate ho had an early start and were heading back home. They had just done what I was about to do. They were a little hot in their neoprene waders.

(Below) The tail of the Kamahi Pool.  A nice place to fish on a nice day. I never saw any other anglers fishing for the rest of the day. I am finding few anglers seem to be fishing these parts of the river.

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(Below) Looking upstream to the head of the Kamahi Pool.

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(Below) I hooked this coloured up jack on about the fourth cast ... hey Ivan, I hooked it on that white maggot I was showing you.

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(Below) Not long after I landed this nice fresh rainbow hen. I hooked about another four but they got off.  Some jumping up to the surface and rolling, others I must have just tickled the sides.

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(Below) Here is the evidence of another hook-up.  I always check my flies after I loose a fish to see if I still have the hooks and to see if there are any " Contact Lenses " on the hook.  If you don't take these off then you wont hook any more fish. So why do I call them contact lenses ?  The first is a bit like making CONTACT with Aliens or making CONTACT with the enemy.  I have made CONTACT with the fish .... the second reason is they look like a contact lense that VIP's use ( Visually Impaired Persons ).

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(Below) I wandered my way on up to the Admirals Pool.  This is the tail of the pool.

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(Below) Looking across to the Admirals Pool carpark.  This is the pool where fish go to view anglers looking over the edge.  I can imagine a group of fish in this pool saying  " Oh look Gerorge we have two anglers checking us out today ! I wonder how many we will see tomorrow "


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(Below) Looking upstream to the head of the Admirals Pool.  I hooked and landed a slim hen in the pool.  The weather turned not long after these photos.  A cold shower came through and it felt like I nearly developed frostbite in my thumb and forefinger.  I couldn't tie a knot.  

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(Above) Looking upstream to the run above the Admirals Pool. This is when it ws really cold !!

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(Below) I worked my way up to the tail of the Cicada Pool.  By this stage in the cold I had had enough.

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