It has been absolutely beautiful through Turangi in the last few days and looks like continuing for days to come. It is cool in the morning and cools right down in the evening but the days are superb.
I have had people on the river for the last few days, mostly beginners and it has been a mixed bag with the fishing. 2 days ago Kana and I had an absolute ball on the Cicadas from the afternoon through to dark with fat healthy rainbows rising for the munch. We took one home an smoked it and it had beautiful orange flesh and with a salt and brown sugar marinade it came up beautifully. However that seemed like it was the last huurah for us on the big terrestrials as the next day not t a thing would take the Cicada pattern but there were fish rising around us all over the place.
I went through a lot of pattern changes to try and dial in on what they were eating as I could not see what was being taken, but after a lot of knot tying changes they dialed in on a Lace Moth pattern that Pete had tied for me in the shop which was a size 16 and then i even changed to some Griffiths Gnat patterns in sizes #18 and #20 that I have toed for our upcoming trip to Japan and which are a bastard to try and tie on the tippet but they got hoovered down.
There are bucket loads of fish rising at the moment, a lot of small ones in among st the bigguns and the smaller ones seem to be a bit quicker off of the mark then there counterparts but it’s super fun seeing them so active and making the casts to try and dupe the big boys is a good challenge in the low clear water.
We spotted lots of big browns still in the Tongariro yesterday. They were a bit more active than I had been seeing them but unfortunately a few duffed casts and hey scooted off.
It is going to be a big week in the shop with RIO PRODUCTS Simon Gawesworth going to be in store on Thursday the 7th of March doing a demonstration on Spey Casting on the water from 10 am then back to the store for a talk on Fly Lines, the why, when and what to use in different river situations. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to let me know you are coming.
See you at Sporting Life Fishing Outfitters – Turangi