We just had another good dumping of snow on Mt Pihanga and the Kaimanawa Ranges overnight. Anglers have been feeling the chill.
Reports from the opening of Lake Otamangakau yesterday were … wet and cold …. going back to a typical opening ….. me … personally I would rather wait until the sunshine and warmth of February ! Stripping bead headed woolly buggers are usually the go early season …. gold bead olive, orange bead black or chartreuse black or even a gold bead brown woolly bugger might do the trick. Change the retrieve speed if you are having no luck. The definition of Lake Fishing is “One Jerk at the end of the rod waiting for a Jerk at the other end ! ”
The river anglers have been doing well on the olive woolly buggers in the lower river and quite a few nymphers have been doing well on the Green Caddis and Green epoxy bombs. Some sunshine would go down quite well at the moment. The grass had started to grow over the last week or three but has now slowed down a bit due to the cooler temperatures …. for the gardeners amongst you … beware of “Frosts”especially if you have planted tomatoes or potatoes ! Yes we can get frost even right through until November and years ago we had snow on Mt Pihanga 3 days before Christmas.
This weather is moving back to what I would call a more typical Spring …. hot and sunny one minute ( T shirt weather ) and then hail and possible sleet the next ! Few reports have come through from anglers about Mayflies hatching but I am sure once the sun comes out there should be some good hatches. Caddis hatches won’t be too far away.
No reports from the backcountry rivers….. sometimes they open and generally flood and most anglers end up fishing the mighty Tongariro yet again as it is nearly always fishable.
Just landed this morning the NEW Simms G4 pro wading boot….. so new they are not even listed on the Simms website ! The beauty of these is they have the ability to be able to put in or take out studs with the use of an Allen Key …. good if you are going in helicopters or rafts where they can be removed and after you trip put back in ! Check out the following link to find out more Simms G4 Pro Wading Boot