Fishing Reports

Tuesday 13th July 2021

Highly Fishable

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.


Simms wading staff

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