Monday 31st of July 2023

Monday 31st of July 2023

Tongariro River Flow: 25m3/sec Weather: Mostly Cloudy & Cold ūüߣ

It's a bitterly cold day here in Turangi which began with a brief period of sunshine only to be hidden by dense cloud which has rested above the town. Have your fingers and toes crossed for rain this Wednesday as the forecast indicates, but we will keep watching and informing readers. 
The fishing is always good, but the catching has been challenging for some up until a change of fly or technique whilst moving from spot to spot. The Tongariro and its neighboring waterways have been low and clear for a substantial period of time so if you are having trouble, we recommend keeping flies simple and natural. Size 16/14 pheasant tail/hare & copper patterns come in handy for those educated fish which have been in the river for some time now and as for caddis nymph varieties it doesn't seem to matter what size or colour they are, they seemingly just need to be presented in front of the fish!
A few customers have reported satisfactory results at the river/stream mouths, morning and evening. Heave and leave patterns, white or black booby flies, or luminous wooly buggers which we have in store.  
Andrew managed a solo spey outing and caught some crackers with Tim McCarthy's red rabbit intruder-style streamer and since they are so effective, we requested more.
Cheers, Tim!