Overcast and calm start to the day here in Turangi this morning. Absolutely no wind which is a bonus for the fly caster. The Tongariro is clear and fishable.
Neil reports that he is now seeing a lot more fry in the edges of the river and he has picked up a few more of what I call Subway Fish … they are 6 inches long and the next lot will be 12 inches long …. these little fellas may have been blown out of the feeder streams in the last flood. They are a little bit of fun on light gear and a dry fly. I remember a few years back my intention was to head out and catch a large brown trout however I got to a spot and these little tiddler fish were rising like mad and I ended up staying there for hours catching them and had a great time.
If there are a lot of these smaller fish around then I would suggest to use barbless nymphs and dry flies if you have them. If not crimp the barb shut so it makes it easier to get the hooks out of them. Also a tip for the feisty little wriggly ones is to turn them upside down in the water if you have to handle them to get them off. Once upside down they calm down a lot.
(Below) This happy little angler is Lia who landed this good sized Tongariro River rainbow on Saturday. Quite a few families and kids had a great time here over the School Holiday period. It was not just Dad and Son but quite often Mum, Dad, Son and Daughter and Neil said Grandads with the kids. They all looked like they enjoyed being out and about having a great time with the feedback that most caught fish.