Wednesday 30th November 2016

 

Overcast with the look of rain about it but no rain as of 9:00am. The wind is a slight breeze at this stage. The Tongariro river is clear and fishable. 

I met up with Kilwell Rep Jim Tamblin yesterday after work after hounding him for months that he should come out for an evening rise fish on the Tongariro River. I finally twisted his arm !! We went out earlier to have a bit of a nymph before the rise started.  He missed a few on the nymph. I said "don't worry just wait till the rise and then you will get some".

(Below) Jim with a nice silver rainbow caught on a Sporting Caddis. Even though it was cold and windy last night the fish eventually came up and there was a really good rise.

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(Below) I was Jim's netting assistant and this was the same fish as the one in the picture above.  He was quite surprised at how much grunt some of these fish had. You can see the Sporting Caddis hooked in the side of the mouth. They were just smashing these flies. Just about every cast there at one stage Jim was getting a touch or hooking up.

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(Below) Jim getting in a good cast on the Tongariro River. Boy was it cold last night !

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(Below) Some of the fish I hooked on the nymph before the rise started.  I got this one below on a "natural glo bug".

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(Below) A nice spotty rainbow.

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(Below) This fish took my bomb.

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(Below) A reasonably plump rainbow. 

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(Below) A darker skinnier fish.  There are a good mixture of fish in the river at the moment and anglers are reporting catching some cracker fresh run ones that are in superb condition.

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