We got a good bit of rain overnight which caused the river volume to come up a Gnat’s Whisker …. nothing to panic about. The river is highly fishable today. No wind ( in real life – it says 17km/hr in the black box above here which is a computer generated speed …. can’t beat real eyes ! ), however this may pick up later in the day. It was a nice sunny start to the morning. Ideal Spring Fishing conditions. This weather should keep the Mayflies hatching during the day.
It might pay to have a look up at the Tauranga-Taupo River this late in the season, usually there are big pods of spooky fish to try and have a crack at … as soon as you look at them they tend to scatter, however applying a little bit of skill and thought is required in trying to catch them.
Just remember that th Upper Reaches to rivers in the Taupo Fishery do not open until 1 December with the odd exception (see the map of the Fishery which indicates what is and what is not open).
Most anglers are still reporting catching fish in the Tongariro. The pressure has eased a wee bit now that the backcountry has opened. This is probably one of my favourite times of the year to fish as you can basically fish most pools all by yourself if you are into avoiding crowds. Keep your eyes peeled for the Swallows working the water as this indicates a hatch of some sort and don’t go past the basic hare and copper or pheasant tail flies. Also try your wee wets during the day on your sinking line if you see the birds working.
Had a report this morning of some smelting fish over on the SW side of Lake Taupo.
The picture below is the “Catch-O-The Day” from yesterday. I bet no one would have topped this catch …. I would say in the vicinity of about 180lbs …..