Cyclone Gabrielle has been and gone but we are still seeing the after-effects around Turangi. A few of our iconic streetscape trees couldn't bear up to the wind and succumbed but after a great effort our local lads got in and cleared most of it aside allowing folk to move about again. The wind was our enemy during the storm with only a few showers to keep the ground damp, it didn't influence the streams too much and a few intrepid anglers braved the blustery conditions with mixed results. The Tongariro is currently sitting at 35.2m3/sec and we are still receiving reports of fish willing to come up to a cicada pattern as well as the odd fish starting to key in on lace moth. The weather is closing in this afternoon with a stiff breeze and dark clouds looming. The forecast looks like it is going to clear fairly quickly, and we are due for a string of sunny days starting tomorrow.
We are glad to see most of our local community made it through the cyclone safely and we hope the winds begin to settle soon to allow all the boat anglers to get back out on the lake. We're also looking forward to getting in some river time ourselves and sharing our findings. We will get everyone up to date with the condition of the river trail after the high winds as soon as we can.