Fishing Reports

Friday 9th October 2020

Highly Fishable

Overcast with high cloud here in Turangi this morning. No wind as of 9:30am … if the sun comes out then the wind may pick up.  The Tongariro is clear and highly fishable.

The school holidays are about to come to an end and the reports from most anglers on the Tongariro have indicated they have ” hardly seen another angler all day “.  I find that now is the best time to fish the Tongariro as the river is full of fish … there are few anglers ( apart from those who hatch out on dark just for the evening rise ) , and you can pretty much do just about every technique of fishing you can do … in essence the river feels like your own …..

Found x1 Fly Box in the upper river —- if this is yours contact us here at or phone (07) 386 8996 

The vegetation starts to take off at this time of the year along the river banks and the grass will start growing madly and then the blackberries will start to shoot …. I think those tentacles can grown about a foot over night !!

We can’t be too far away from some evening Caddis Hatches.  Time to dust off those rusty dry flies that are sitting in your box from last season 😉  …. start tying up some Sporting Caddis, Elk Hair Caddis and Goddard’s Caddis. A few other things you should be looking at tying for the coming months are Green Beetles and Prince Nymphs.

If you are into fly fishing then the next progression is to be able to tie your own flies. We have a good range of tying material here in Sporting Life.  If you are unsure of how to tie a fly or need some advice call in to see either myself, Peter Carty or Neil and we can point you in the right direction.  Tying your own flies allows you to have control on exactly how you want a fly to be and look.  You can tie them with weight or no weight, with beads or no beads and your own imagination can run wild.

The Sporting Caddis at the top of the picture is a fly I designed quite a few years ago and this came about from me observing the Caddis insects hatching.  There was nothing quite the same on the market …. it worked pretty damn good … and still works really good !!

A mixture of natural materials ( fur & feathers)  and synthetics  ( foams, floss, flash etc ) is used by most fly tiers today. The range of products is wide and varied.  Me, I like to keep things simple and easy … if it takes 30 minutes to tie a fly  …. just think  …. you can lose it on the river in 30 seconds !!

Sporting Caddis, Elk Hair Caddis and Green Beetle ( Manuka Beetle )


(Below) When working with Deer Hair it pays to have a Deer Hair Stacker to get things nice and even and uniform and to work easily with the hair.

Stonfo Hair Stacker


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