Overcast and grey start to the day here in Turangi today. No wind as of 8:45am. The Tongairo is highly fishable and flowing at about 33 cumecs.
Today is the opening day for Lake Otamangakau and Lake Kuratau. It should be a bonus to fish these with little or no wind. The fish should all be rested after a few months of having no one attacking them and they should be fairly easy to catch at this stage. Stripping woolly buggers is generally a good thing to do early season and nymphing the canal at Lake O. Don’t forget you can also spin fish these lakes (remember no bait or no treble hooks for the Taupo Fishery ). It may be ideal to do this in windier conditions. Great to do with the kids. You may also fish with a bubble float and a fly in the spinning areas.
The backcountry rivers open today as well, so some anglers will stay in their local waters but my experience of opening weekend is that due to weather a lot of their local rivers may still be blown out and running high ( cast you memories back to how many times this has happened to you over the years ) and they end up back here fishing the Tongariro as it is usually always fishable.
So much to do and too little time to do it I say !!
Had some very good reports from anglers fishing the Tongariro yesterday with most reporting catching fish on Green Caddis and C3 Flashback PT UV … the fish were heavily feeding on the caddis which is to be expected after a prolonged period of good weather which is then followed by a flood. Reports of some very nice fresh silver fish and darker sorts of feeding jacks. A few reports of some really good looking hen fish in good condition with small un-developed roe sacks. These could have been fish that had spawned very early in the year and have stayed in the river, put on condition and their eggs are starting to develop for next season.
The flooding over the last few days put plenty of dirty water into Lake Taupo and I would suspect it will have blown quite a few fish back out into the Lake. The boaties should expect to pick up these skinnier spent / recovering fish over the next few weeks as they start to begin looking for food once again. This is when harling in the shallows should start to work quite well. Traditional Harling flies like the Grey Ghost, Parsons Glory, Green Orbit, Yellow Lady and Taupo Tigers are worth a look.