Tuesday 21st of May 2024

Tuesday 21st of May 2024

Tongariro River Flow: 31.6m3/sec and Rising

Weather: Raining/Calm 🎣

Found: fly rod and landing net, if this could be yours, please contact us via sport.life@xtra.co.nz with a description of gear and location lost.

The rain returned overnight seeing the rivers receive a decent amount of water this time around which is the news you've all been waiting for. Rosie and Zane are getting amongst it this morning, wetlining as the river comes up which can be a most opportune time to get into some stunning fish! 

I've been tying wooly bugger variants instore and this morning I have some which are perfect for the conditions at present, orange tungsten beaded brown wooly buggers with rubber legs for that added movement. 

Our friend Bridget took some R & R over the weekend utilising indicator nymphing and single-handed spey methods. One morning Bridget found herself on Struggle St with the indicator rig, so she popped by the shop in hope of some sympathy 😝 but we know too well that her passion is with Spey casting, so she was told to get back out there and in no time, she was in her element hauling in the chrome fish. 

Yesterday in between errands I made time for an hour's fishing so was limited to fishing accessible spots with the indicator rig. The river was still low and clear yesterday, so I sight fished to a couple of well-conditioned coloured up jacks both caught on a #16 hare and copper, then fished blind through the depths which found a nice pod consisting of feisty hens. Caddis, stonefly and mayfly nymph patterns in varying sizes and weights have been my go-to patterns of late, a mix of commercial and home tied options. 

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