Overcast here in Turangi this morning. No rain as of 8:30am but the Fivecast is saying heavy rain for later in the day. No wind as of 8:30am. The Tongariro is clear and very fishable flowing at 26 cumecs. With the Fivecast rain later on today, the river may come up a bit. We will just have to wait and see. The report was a little slim yesterday as I ended up getting quite busy …..
We have a weeks worth of rain Fivecast so the river could rise and we may possibly get a flood. The ground is pretty saturated at the moment so it won’t take much for the river to lift. Me personally … I think from a fishing perspective we could do without any floods … it would be nice to get some sunshine though … a dirty grey cloud has hung above us here in Turangi for a few weeks now. Basically getting back to the weather patterns I experienced growing up here as a kid in Turangi. However, this may produce a good Green Beetle hatch. We could be in for a good one this year, however if most of the fish get blown out of the river due to flooding then it will be a wasted hatch. Longer term if we go into January with quite wet ground and being very warm and humid we could also be in for a great cicada hatch ( also will be wasted if most of the fish get blown out of the rivers ). That is still a long way off yet so we will just have to wait and see how things pan out and we all know the weather here in NZ is fickle and unpredictable at the best of times.
Reports yesterday from the Tongariro indicated some great fish caught … mostly nymphing …. most anglers tend to be preferring the naturals like Hare and Copper and Pheasant Tails. One angler reported catching and keeping a fish full of Massive Horn Case Caddis. It is still worth giving the odd glo bug a burn too, especially a bigger one on the wetline. Still some very nice fresher fish being reported ( not uncommon for this time of the year given my past 20 year history of fishing the river at this time of the year ). You can get some REAL big rainbows at this time of the year.
One angler reported catching and keeping a fish the other day that was full of Bees and Wasps. The only conclusion we could come to for the fact that it was full of them is that the Bees and Wasps must have been on the surface of the river to be taken and the only plausible explanation as to how they got there was a few nights ago we experienced quite a cold snap which will have slowed those insects down possibly causing them to fall off overhanging vegetation and drop into the water. I have seen a ton of bees at various times fishing in various locations right on the edge of the river bank that seem to be either sucking up moisture or salts/minerals from the edges. Hundreds of them. I’ve almost stood on them but the funny thing is they are so interested in what they are doing they just completely ignore you. Also with Wasps I have seen Willow trees absolutely chokka full of them and they appear to have been feeding on Aphids that suck the sticky sap out of the Willow … same thing .. when the Wasps have been feeding like this they basically completely ignore you.