Fishing Reports

Saturday 16th January 2021

Highly Fishable

Overcast, calm and humid start to the day here in Turangi. The Tongariro is flowing at 23.6 cumecs and is clear.

Plenty of brown trout reported around various locations. Some who are targeting them are spending a lot of time washing their flies … other lucky anglers are tending to fluke the odd one or two.

Fish are rising to cicadas and anglers are venturing into the shop to purchase them ….. better get in early before the rush 😉

Neil picked up some really nice fresh looking rainbows on the nymph in the Tongariro River yesterday…. got smoked by a few as well.

Jigging still continues to be really good out on Lake Taupo … the trolling reports seem to have tapered off.

Yesterday anglers tended to do quite well jigging on red bodied Ginger Micks. Also Grey Ghosts, Yellow Bodied Parsons Glory’s the odd Green Orbit and white smelt flies.

(Below) The following email and photo is thanks to Jason Bleibtreu.  Jason writes:

Dear Sporting Life,

Thanks so much for putting me onto the brownies. This one was in the spot you suggested and I got him with the fly you sold me. Brown trout from a local river mouth caught on a sinking line with a booby & smelt fly.

Thanks again,

Jason Bleibtreu

River Birches Lodge


(Below) A nice picture of a FAT brown trout just sent in by Fraser Cameron.  Fraser writes:

Hi Guys,

Thanks for getting my new floating line sorted. Apologies for the geriatric on-line purchase performance. I got to use it yesterday!

As you guys know there are very many beautiful trout in the Tongariro, and hardly anyone around; how could we be so blessed?

We are slowly getting our Big Brown approach sorted, but obviously there are many fine balances to learn.

Love the challenge, even when getting smoked by an awesome angry beast.


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