Tuesday 30th January 2018


Overcast warm and humid. No wind as of 9:30am. The Tongariro is highly fishable at 34 cumecs. 

I decided to have an explore of the upper river on Sunday.  The river got really coloured up on Saturday ( not sure what caused this - possibly a slip) however I decided to have a look on Sunday.  The river was a nice milky greeny colour.  Some anglers would have said "too dirty" however after years of experience of fishing this river I thought it looked perfect. The colour helps the angler due to the fact they can almost get right on top of the fish.

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(Above) The new toilet at the Blue Pool carpark.

(Below) The carpark area at the Blue Pool looks a lot different now that the Pine trees have been cut down. This photo shows a pumice cliff.  The old river channel must have flowed through here below the pumice cliffs a long time ago. It is kind of strange driving up to the carpark now as all of the trees have gone.  For as long as I have been alive I always remember the trees.

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(Below) I got out to the river to find it still quite coloured but a good colour. This is the top of the Blue Pool.

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(Below) After the big 700 cumec flood a few weeks ago ... the rocks got scoured clean, however on Saturday the river got really muddy coloured possibly from a slip and a lot of this has settled on the rocks on the edges coating it in a fine layer of sediment. 

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(Below) After about 6 casts nymphing I hooked up on this rather nice looking Brown Trout.  It took a small Pheasant tail. 

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(Below) A few casts later landed this rainbow.

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(Below) This Whio ( Blue Duck ) swam past me.  I am considering re-naming them "Peaking Ducks" .  There seems to be a heap of them on the river these days and just about everywhere I go I feel like something is watching me ... they are hard to spot as they are well camouflaged.  Next thing you know a "rock "moves and it is one of them ! 

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(Below) The foot track on the way up to the Sand Pool.

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(Below) Looking upstream to the tail of the Sand Pool. Most of the pines have gone. A few others have been drilled and poisoned on the way up to the Fence Pool, however now that they have died off branches have broken and crashed onto the track ( care may be taken to walk under them in high winds ).

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(Below) I picked up this fish wetlining in the Sand Pool. 

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(Below) I hooked about 10-15 "Sammy the Sardines"on Saturday.

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(Below) The Whitikau Confluence. Looking nice but would be better in 25 cumec flows.

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(Below) I got up to the Fence Pool and had a blast.  Since the water was coloured .... I thought it looked like that nice milky green colour in the Winter so thought I would try a glo bug.  They worked well. 

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(Below) I got back to the Blue and extracted another good sized rainbow. 

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(Below) This is the same fish as the picture above.  On taking this photo I noticed the fin was a little bit discoloured.

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(Below) On closer inspection I saw what looked to be a fin clipped fin.  Notice the straight line running along the fin.

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