Overcast with light rain falling here in Turangi this morning. No wind as of 9:00am. The Tongariro is currently clear and fishable as of 9:00am.
We got a good heavy downpour start at about 5:00am this morning. We are in much need of some rain and this is going to be good to keep the rivers ticking over. This may bring up some fresh run fish. This will cool the water down a bit and hopefully move some of the fish up-river. Hopefully we get some good steady soaking rain to just gently work its way into the hard dirt. It wont take long for the vegetation to perk up. The Bach owners will be cursing that the lawns will be growing madly again … spending more time doing chores than fishing;-)
Reports of fish rising to Passion Vine Hoppers yesterday. Picking the right pattern is essential here. Just when you think you have the right one, they may change their mind. It pays to have a few patterns up your sleeve if they are being pretty selective.
News just to hand
Genesis has upcoming maintenance work that will result in higher flows than usual on the Tongariro River for much of March.
From Saturday 6 March to Friday 19 March, the Moawhango and Rangipo Intake Tunnels will be inspected. This work means flows from Rangipo Dam to Poutu Intake will be at natural levels, and more subject to natural fluctuation. This work will also require a flow discharge into Waihaha Stream of up to 3 cumecs, so please be aware of higher flows than normal in this stream and its crossing on the Tree Trunk Gorge track.
Then, from Monday 22 March to Wednesday 31 March, the Poutu Tunnel and Canal will be inspected, affecting the flows downstream of Poutu Intake, including at Tūrangi township. These flows will be approximately 15-25 cumecs higher than what is normally seen in the lower Tongariro River. Flows will also be higher in the Poutu Stream during this period.
Due to the nature of the work, either or both inspections may be completed and the river returned to its usual flows before the end of the periods described above.
Please be aware that these flows will also be subject to natural fluctuation and generation flow change at any time.
Please feel free to share this information directly or via social media with other river users and contact me if you have any questions. Flow information can be found on the Genesis website.
Kenzie Jackson | Environmental Advisor Genesis
(Above) I headed out to check out the river yesterday evening. This is at the Hydro Pool. Absolutely great conditions. Only one angler fishing the lower part of the pool.
(Below) The track down to the upper part of the Hydro Pool.
(Below) Looking downstream to an angler fishing opposite the Mangamawhitwhiti Stream. It was a really nice evening last night and would have been worth waiting to see if there was an evening rise.