Overcast with light drizzly rain falling here in Turangi today. The Tongariro is highly fishable flowing at about 26 cumecs. No wind as of 9:30am.
The bonus of no wind is that it will help the fly caster on the rivers making it easier for them to cast their flies with accuracy, also for those wanting to head out on Lake Taupo in a boat it will make their ride a little bit smoother.
We had an angler call into the shop this morning who had been out trolling early on Lake Taupo. He had caught a nice silver brown trout. This kind of ties into my reports from last week saying that there is usually a period of about 3-4 weeks that I find boaties seem to catch brown trout in the Lake quite easily. Over the 20 years I have worked in the shop this is something I have noticed. They seem to get caught fairly easily and then there seems to be few reports for the rest of the year on anglers catching browns out n the Lake.
Some anglers don’t even know they have caught a brown trout though. Sometimes when the browns are nice and silver like this fish the anglers tend to think they have caught a nice looking rainbow. Also vice versa …. when they have caught a dark rainbow they think they have caught a brown ! The easiest way to tell if the fish is a brown trout is to have a look at their gill plates. They usually have four or five really big spots on their gill plates whereas the rainbows generally have none. These spots are a bit like their finger prints. If you catch fish these spot patterns make it easy to identify whether you have caught the same fish or not.
My theory is the browns are feeding up and are starting to move into the shallows ready to start heading up the rivers to then start feeding on the juvenile rainbows that are in the rivers over the Summer months.