Well that’s Easter over for another year and before we know it we’ll be wondering where the first half of 2021 has gone! Plenty of folk filled up Turangi and it was great to see people taking the time to walk, stroll, jog, meander and cycle the river trail. The weather was fantastic for the most part, cool mornings turned into warm afternoons and the scent of Autumn was on the evening breeze.
The Tongariro was busy with plenty of anglers about and most managed to find some action or frustration which can be fairly normal for this time of year. There is still fish hammering small somethings off the surface but I couldn’t buy an eat from these guys yesterday so stuck with a Hare N Copper dropper under a Para Adams. A couple of smaller models gave the dry a nudge and a nice chunky Brown that was feeding away on a shallow margin took a liking to the trailing nymph. We were still finding fish like this into May last year so still worth giving it a go. The next couple of days look good but with rain forecast for this weekend it might also be time to blow the dust off the heavy nymphing gear or checking the connections on sinking lines…so many options so little time.
The dark phase of the moon is with us again and a few hours spent swinging lumo flys at the stream mouths in the run up to the next rain event might see some solid Rainbows beginning to muster up and think about a dash up the rivers, plenty of Browns are still prowling about as well.
Now is a good time to start getting your Winter fly tying kit sorted so if there are gaps in the fluff and stuff drop in and check out our range of materials and hooks to be prepared for the Winter chrome.