Overcast start to the day here in Turangi. There seems to be a layer of cloud above Turangi that just wont budge to let the sunshine in at the moment. No wind as of 10:00am. The Tongariro is clear and fishable.
I am keeping an eye on the Cherry blossoms on a tree I walk past on my daily commute into work each morning and the first lot are only a few days away from bursting out in flower. Spring is just around the corner ……. believe it or not. What has this got to do with Cherry blossoms ….. well it lets us know how the year is progressing in terms of what might be potentially starting to hatch.
Usually the Mayflies will hatch before the Caddis and this could be only 4-5 weeks away. So far the weather has been relatively settled and with a lack of floods in the river this could be quite good, however don’t count your chickens until they hatch …. in this case Mayflies, as anything is possible with our weather and this could affect the river by flooding. If we don’t get any floods and we get some good sunny weather then I am picking we could be in for a bit of fun. We might even get fresh run fish lift to take a dry. This happened quite a few years ago and you could catch big fat silver hens on a Mayfly Dry.
In the meantime you will notice that Neil hasn’t been out and about taking photos or fishing much as he is now too busy working 😉 I’m still requesting a volunteer to work for me so I can get to head out fishing more 😉 As we progress to daylight savings I will hopefully be able to get out after work a bit more and so long as the lawns don’t start growing too much then I should be able to spend more time fishing. Years ago I knew an angler who liked his fishing and he used to mix a 1/2 percent solution of Round-up, spray the lawns at the start of the growing season and this used to suppress the growth for most of the Summer so he had more time to fish 😉
Fly choices have been bombs and smaller glo bugs for the nymphers but a few more have been taking out Hare’s Ears and Bead Head Pheasant tails now that we have started to see a little bit of insect activity. An orange beaded hare and copper have worked well for some and also Copper John Red. Don’t forget it may be worth looking at a Gold Bead Prince Nymph and a Halfback nymph now too.
Wetliners seem to have been going for Red and Orange Rabbits, Gold Bead Olive Woolly Buggers, Gold Bead Brown woolly buggers. Maybe also look at flinging a bit of bling too.
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