Fishing Reports

Wednesday 13th May 2020

Highly Fishable

We are about to head into Level 2 lockdown and some restrictions will ease around the country.

We will be open here at Sporting Life but please remember to:

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Do not linger in the store. Please get what you need and depart quickly

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No repairs until further notice

Please be patient


Fine and sunny start to the day here in Turangi today.  A slight breeze has picked up mid morning. The Tongariro is clear and fishable.

There have been quite a few anglers out and about on the Tongariro over the last few weeks which has been good to see, and I would say with the travel restriction for moving around the country lifting as of tomorrow then I would say a few more anglers will be hanging out to get here for a fish ! We are open here in the shop 7 days from 8:30am to 5:30pm, however remember the details above for your safety and our staff safety as well.  Remember to keep your distance at the fishing spots too.

I headed down to the Admirals Pool this morning to have a look at the river.  It is another stunning Autumn day here in Turangi today. Very little wind which is a bonus for the fly caster.  Since the flood I have not seen as many fish in the ” Fish Seeing Pools ” as I had been seeing prior to the flood.  They are still there but don’t seem to be as numerous. Anglers that have been catching fish have reported some good sized rainbows but to me they look like they are ones that may have stayed in the river over the Summer months and have fattened up in the river.  They look like older fish but don’t look to be fresh run, compared to the fresh ones in the Tauranga Taupo River.   The odd few fresh run ones in amongst them though.  Still some good browns to be caught. The river has got really clear and some more rain and colour to the water would be a bonus at this stage .. usually the end of May really starts seeing the more regular rainfalls.


(Above) Looking upstream from the Admirals Pool carpark. The vegetation has really taken off along the river banks now with large numbers of wilding pines and willows. A never ending job for those who like to deal with weeds.

(Below) Looking downstream to the tail of the Admirals Pool at about 10:30am this morning.  Here you can see the wild pines have really started to take off …. the trouble with weed species is they out grow any native species. They grow fast !! Like your home, weeds need regular attention each year to keep on top of them but seem to always do better than the expensive plants / grass you actually want ! Controlling them usually comes at the great expense of TIME and MONEY …..  would you rather go fishing or control your weeds ??



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