Fine and sunny start to the day here in Turangi today. No wind as of 11:00am. The Tongariro is currently flowing at about 25.1 cumecs but will most likely rise to about 42 cumecs today with the Recreational Release.
As I am writing this ( 11am ) the height of the river looks to be just starting to rise here in town.
Reports in so far have indicated the river was quite busy first thing this morning but quite a few anglers have already packed up and left the river. For the keen amongst you I would suggest to just keep on fishing. Change to the wetline or bigger flies and just carry on as per normal.
(Above) The colour of the water in the Tongariro at about 1:15pm today which is pretty much at the peak of the Recreational Release. This is flowing at about 43 cumecs and is still what I would call really fishable. You can still fish this easily with a nymph and it should be great with the wetline. Just because there is a bit of colour to the river, most anglers will pack up and head home. For some of us who know better, we would just keep on fishing 😉
(Below) This is the same picture as above but this was yesterday at about the same time and the river is flowing at about 25 cumecs. As you can see, not a lot of difference in terms of height.
(Above) One angler at the Breakfast Pool today at about 1:15pm. This is during the recreational release with the river flowing at 43 cumecs.
(Below) Two anglers fishing the same location yesterday with the river flowing at 25 cumecs. What I would call ” Bugger all difference”. The thing you have to watch during these releases is if we get rain, then the level may come up considerably more due to the feeder streams entering the Tongariro below the Poutu Dam.
(Below) Looking upstream to the Hydro Pool in the distance at 1:15pm today. Not a cloud in the sky ! I really love fishing on days like this.