Fine and sunny start to the day here in Turangi with some cloud about. A cool SE breeze is blowing. Looks like snow clouds on the tops of the Kaimanawa Ranges. The Tongariro River is clear and in a highly fishable condition flowing at 25.8 cumecs.
The wind is blowing hard again here in Turangi today. This will make it a little tricky for the fly casters. Mind you if you can find a tiny sheltered spot it can be quite ok.
I managed to get out for a flick over the weekend on the Tongariro. There were plenty of anglers around but I went to a few of my hidey holes and pulled a few out here and there. The bonus was that even though there were a ton of anglers around I was basically by myself 😉 I was nymphing and the fish took a variety of flies from rather large Hare and Copper bombs, Green Caddis bomb and Green Caddis. I have struggled to catch anything on a Glo Bug but others are using them. I wonder if time of the day has more of an impact on these ? I usually try and fish 11am-12noonish to about 2-3pm. What I have noticed over the last few times out is that the fish seem to have taken close in to the bank. I also seemed to prick a few, have them on for a while and then the hooks pulled out.
(Above) A nice silver rainbow.
(Below) A “Wee Brooon” …. yes Wally, this one took a green caddis.
(Below) A nice solid rainbow Jack. This one took my Green Caddis bomb.
(Above & Below) “Whoa …. double Rainbows ” not only did I catch rainbows in the river, I saw a couple of Rainbows over the top of the River on Saturday afternoon.