Friday 5th May 2023

Friday 5th May 2023

It has been a drizzly day here in Turangi. After yesterday and last night's rain the Tongariro peaked at 318m3/sec last night and is currently at 109.6m3/sec as I write this post. As the river started to rise there was some great fishing to be had with some nice chrome rainbows and fat brown trout feeding in the coloured water and once the river drops back to a more manageable level, I'm sure we will experience more of the same. Wet lining with an orange bead woolly bugger has been a great option lately and we've certainly noticed that egg patterns have been effective while nymph fishing. Kyle made a pit stop into town just as the rain hit and nabbed a stunning brown trout on a size 10 hare and copper/red leg Simons Ugly (that we now have in stock!) which had his Lamson Speedster singing! Luckily the entire Waterworks Lamson Reel range are equipped with incredibly smooth and reliable sealed drags which made taming this beast an achievable task, and from the affordable Liquid sets to the lavish Litespeed series there is something to suit everyone. Check out our Waterworks Lamson Range HERE.

We also now have a select range of Simms G3 Guide Waders in stock with more sizes coming in the near future. The lightweight and breathable Gortex fabric makes these one of the most comfortable waders on the market. If you want to secure some for the upcoming winter season, come in and try some on for yourself!


We have soft eggs, Heavy eggs, Bright eggs, Fried eggs, scrambled eggs and heck we even have meth eggs! (That's the name of the fly pictured bottom right for those of you raising an eyebrow). We now have a full range of Manic Otters eggs which are a hot favourite every winter as well as the classic globugs in every colour under the sun and any other beautiful egg creation your heart desires! The fish are starting to run and there's been plenty of coloured water around so there is no better time to start stocking up your fly box than right now!

We are certainly excited for more settled flows now that the maintenance on the Poutu canal has finally reached its scheduled finish date. All we need now is for the rain clouds to stay away for a little while and we'll be able to scope out all our favourite possies in preparation for those early winter mornings. Happy days are just around the corner.

The Tongariro was high and dirty this morning but the graph had it continue to fall throughout the day. There will be a few eager bodies ready to hit the river this weekend and we now wait to see what happens overnight??