The weather continues to be indecisive here in Turangi, with steady showers one minute and sunshine the next it is becoming increasingly difficult to decide whether a raincoat or a pair of speedos is an appropriate outfit choice. The Tongariro is sitting at 37.9 m3/sec and whilst it is holding colour reports from our customers this morning indicate that it is well and truly fishable. As per yesterday's report nymphing with a large stonefly has been very productive as well as swinging a black woolly bugger.
Yesterday Neil and I shot out to one of the stream mouths that enters lake Taupo in hopes of finding a pot of gold underneath the rainbow. The action was not red hot in the early evening however we saw schools of small trout chasing smelt up against the beach, so it was encouraging to see some activity. We did have a couple good fish chase our flies and deny them at the last minute. Unfortunately, no pot of gold this time but a pretty little rainbow trout will do as a consolation. I imagine the stream mouth fishing will pick up very shortly, there's definitely plenty of food in the area to draw them in.
The boat anglers have still been producing great fish especially while harling with brown trout becoming an increasingly common catch whilst out on the lake, we hope this means they are not too far from entering the river........ as you may be able to tell we can't wait!