Overcast and drizzly start to the day here in Turangi this morning. This has cleared to sunny as of 9:30am. The Tongariro is clear and fishable and flowing at 22.5 cumecs. No wind as of 9:30am.
I was talking to someone yesterday about how the vegetation has grown up along the river banks of the Tongariro River. It is amazing how fast vegetation can take over. I was flicking through some old photos I had and came across these ones showing basically from the Blue Pool downstream to the Big Bend. This was about a month after the February 2004 flood. Look at how clean the river looks !! It would be so easy to wade as well !! The only thing to destroy your flies on the back cast would be good clean rocks 😉
We have had a few good floods since then and as I have said the river is always changing and evolving.
(Above & Below) Check out how clean the river looks !!!! Wow, I bet your wading boots would have no trouble sticking to those rocks !! The old saying goes ” A new broom sweeps clean “.
(Below) I think this is the big rock that is in the channel above the Big Bend Pool. Successive floods have eaten their way around this. From the other pictures I couldn’t identify a rock big enough to be the one.
(Below) Anglers are always full of DOOM and many were of the opinion that the Fishery would be ” stuffed ” after the big flood of 2004 but quite the opposite. These fish pictured below were caught about 1 month after the flood ( 27th March 2004 ). Short term the fishery was ok but I think the big flood did something to the lake longer term and I feel caused the decline of the 2007 years. My suspicions were possibly the sediment dropping to the bed of the lake smothering the lake bottom. Reading Admiral Hickling’s book I think something similar happened after the 1958 flood and in the early 1960’s it showed through.
The funny thing about the 24th February 1958 flood and the 28th February 2004 flood is they happened only four days apart ( https://hwe.niwa.co.nz/event/February_1958_New_Zealand_Flooding ) …… coincidence ? climate change or cyclical weather pattern??
The picture below is a very young Nicholas Dobbyn who really loved his trout fishing !