Saturday 27th October 2018


Overcast start to the day here in Turangi today.  No wind as of 9:00am.  The Tongariro is clear and fishable. 

Most anglers through the shop are reporting heaps and heaps of fish in the Tongariro at present.  Over time I have found this to be one of the best times to fish the rivers.  The bulk of runs are here in the river over the Spring.  You get a choice of catching either by wetlining, nymphing or dry fly fishing. The other bonus is that you also have access to the smaller Lakes such as Lake Otamangakau, Lake Kuratau and Lake Rotoaira opening up as well.  As I say ... too much to do and too little time to do it .... I'm still waiting for a volunteer to work for me while I get to go fishing .... so far no takers ... I wonder why ?

In the Tongariro at the moment you will pick up quite a few recovering fish ( ones that have already spawned ) however they give you plenty of action and on the evening rise provide quite some entertainment. Also in amongst these have been reported some very nice fresh run fish.  Possibly get your wetline into the stronger, faster water to get these fresher ones as the recovering ones will be lazy and basically will feed heavily on nymphs now. 

With the back country opening up most anglers will now stay close to their local water, however the Tongariro will basically be your " own " river with most anglers now missing some of the best fishing of the year.  The weather is usually warmer now and some of the more " Mature " anglers who struggle with the cold of Winter should really take the time to get out and have a go.

Also more anglers should get into dry fly fishing as it is really easy and fun, however I think there is a reluctance for a lot of anglers to break out of what they already know to dare themselves to try something new.  By not trying something new you will ... in the long term limit yourself to catching less fish.  If you see that Andrew and I are always catching fish it is because we don't really care what method we do. We do the best method for the types of conditions and parts of the river / lake that we fish. 

There is also the fact that we actually go fishing .... some anglers talk about it a lot but never actually go !

The browns start to enter the Tongariro over the next month so in the lower reaches you may expect to spot the odd good sized one.  They cruise about in the river starting to feed on trout fry and juvenile trout.

Green beetles should start making an appearance in the next few weeks. 



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