Overcast and cool start to the day here in Turangi today with a little bit of blue sky showing through. No wind as of 8:45 am. The Tongariro is clear and fishable flowing at 30 cumecs.
I managed to get out for a flick on the river after work last night. The pressure looks to have tapered off a bit now that the back country rivers of New Zealand have now opened up. There are still a ton of fish in the Tongariro River and I really like this time of the year as the pressure from anglers does subside.
I was out to nymph and then wait to see if there was an evening rise. I hooked four and landed two on the nymph. One got off as it swam close to the edge into some sticks and the other got off as my knots broke … I had noticed a bit of chaffing of the nylon above my bomb but was too lazy to change it !! The other two that I landed took the green caddis. I waited until dark hoping to see a rise. I saw possibly three fish which looked to be smaller come up once and basically that was it …. it was “All Quiet on the Western Front”. Speaking to Pete this morning he was in the Northern Front in town yesterday evening and saw Coloboriscus Mayflies hatching with the odd fish coming up.
Reports in from anglers yesterday were some quite nice solid fresh looking fish to others reporting the darker type of rainbows that have been in the river a while. Flies that are popular at the moment with the nymphers have been pheasant tails, glo bugs, gel glo bugs, C3 UV pheasant tails and green caddis.
Reports in from Lake Otamangakau yesterday was a ” good sized one caught spinning on a 12g toby” and another reported a 7.5lb fish caught.
(Above & Below) Two fish I landed yesterday evening after work …… my first chance to get out for a fish after a few weeks !! It was a nice calm evening and it was good to watch the moon come up … the moon is coming up to Full.