Overcast start to the day here in Turangi. No wind as of 9:00am. The Tongariro River is flowing at 31 cumecs and is highly fishable.
I managed to get out for a flick on the Tongariro after work yesterday, after I mowed the lawns …..
I wanted to see if there was an evening rise last night. I started off nymphing and ended up hooking about 6 or 7 only landed 4. I got down to the backing twice !! Lucky I had 10lb fluorocarbon nylon otherwise I think I may have lost them. The Claret Nymph seemed to work well for me and a small gold bead Pheasant Tail. There was a good mixture of condition of fish. The river still had a nice bit of colour to it. Most anglers gave up yesterday thinking it was too dirty …. as I said some think ” too dirty “, those that know think ” TOO MEKE ! ”
(Above) This was a nice fat rainbow that took me down to the backing.
(Below) Releasing the fish from above.
(Below) This one I hooked on the beak with a gold bead Pheasant Tail.
(Below) This one took the Claret Nymph …. in the past we would have described the condition of this fish as a ” bicycle inner tube ” . This is a well spawned out rainbow which are usually refered to as Kelts, Spent Fish, Slabs, or Recovering Fish. There is a good mixture of fish in the river at present.
(Below) This was a well recovered rainbow that also put up a great fight. It also took a Claret nymph.
The interesting thing about last night is that I hooked 6 or 7 nymphing but when the rise started the pool just erupted with fish. There must have been at least 30 fish come up and start feeding hard out. I had Caddis Crawling all over me. They were crawling all around the back of my neck which was driving me mad
(Below) A nicely coloured Rainbow Jack that I landed using the ” Black Death ” alias ” The Sporting Caddis “
(Below) Video of Caddis Adults crawling over my waders.
(Below) This was a cracker sized rainbow I landed using the Sporting Caddis. The fish really fight well when you are dry fly fishing skating the Caddis Dries.
(Below) Another nice little silver rainbow.
(Below) Another Kelt on the Sporting Caddis.
(Below) A nice fat silver rainbow on the Sporting Caddis.
(Below) The Sporting Caddis dry fly….. irresistible to the trout … bit like a Scooby Snack for Scooby Doo.