Fishing Reports

Friday 16th August 2019

Highly Fishable

She’s a bit chilly in Turangi this morning. There is plenty of snow sitting on Mount Ruapehu at the moment and over the week the Kaimanawas have had a good dusting sending cold air through town.

It was a busy week for the Sporting Life crew with the Winter Fly Festival bringing loads of people to town for the weekend gone to learn from some of the best in the business and to just have a catch up with some familiar faces.

Following the Fly Fest we had quite a bit of rain and some howling winds through town up till Tuesday then Wednesday things settled and both Wednesday and Thursday were beautiful sunny days.

It’s a lovely day today also, just a bit cooler than it has been.

I hit the Tongariro on both days and Wednesday was a cracker with lots of strong fighting rainbows to the net.

Tongariro Winter Chrome 2019


Pheasant tail variations were the go to for me on Wednesday with all my fish coming on natural patterns then Thursday late afternoon I was speaking to semi local Steve on the river as we were crossing paths and he asked had I caught anything on Caddis nymphs, to which the answer was no, but purely because I hadn’t used one at all this season, so I re rigged the nymphing setup to have a couple of Caddis Nymphs on and bang, straight into it, a size 12 black beaded olive caddis peeled them back.

Tongariro River August 2019

Looks like a bit of rain over the weekend so make sure you have you rain coars.


See you at Sporting Life Fishing Outfitters – Turangi



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