Friday 29th January 2016


The day is nice and sunny, hot and humid and the cicadas are out chirping madly at 8:30am. The Tongariro had a bit of colour to it yesterday but should be much better today. 

From now on it would be worth slapping a cicada on the water. Looks like it is going to be a good year.  The misconception among anglers is they think cicadas only hatch every 7 years.  In actual fact they hatch every year but ... some years there are more about and some years there are less about.  The things I have learnt over the last few years is that like the last three summers of very high drought conditions, the ground got baked hard and dry and it appears this makes it harder for the cicadas to hatch out of the ground.  This year we have had good soaking rain to moisten the ground and we have had the heat and humidity, thus a "good hatch".  When it was very hot and dry over the last few summers then you would hear the cicadas very close to the river and in pockets. Now they are every where. 

Lake O looks to have had some good fishing up there .... might be worth a flick or three ....

The picture below is a little bit of delayed coverage thanks to Kath Adam.




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