Fine start to the day here in Turangi today with a bit of cloud about. No wind as of 9:00am. We got some good rain yesterday to soak into the ground. The Tongariro is at 21 cumecs today and highly fishable.
There are still quite a few Passion Vine Hoppers around but I have noticed they are starting to taper off a wee bit now. Some more sunny and warm weather should keep them going a bit longer. The days are getting noticeably shorter now and the temperature over the last few days have indicated that we are now heading for Winter !! The Oak and Maple trees are starting to turn colour now and the Willows look to be going a lighter shade of yellow in some places.
Any bursts of rain that we get over the next few weeks may possibly bring up a few early running rainbows into the rivers.
A little bit of delayed coverage from the end of last week and into the weekend thanks to JP …. he has been doing great on the wetline.
(Below) A couple of good sized Tongariro River rainbows and a brown trout. There seem to be some pretty fat rainbows in the river at the moment. Most anglers have been concentrating on the dry fly and the nymphing but don’t also forget that you can wetline too … even during the day.
(Below) Graham Hamilton called into the shop yesterday morning and had been out fishing at the Tongariro River Delta and caught a couple of very nice silver rainbows. The one on the left was a really nice conditioned fish. They are still feeding on smelt. I was wondering if the one on the left may have been ready to enter the river. It can’t be too far away now until we start to see a few runs of nice silver rainbows starting to trickle through. Just remember that it is still early days yet. Once we start getting regular rainfall then we should see things start to happen.