Fine and sunny start to the day here in Turangi today. There is a slight cool breeze blowing but this has really dropped overnight and no where near as bad as the screaming, howling wind from yesterday. The Tongariro is clear and fishable and flowing at 22.8 cumecs.
Don’t forget the Recreational Release this Saturday (20th). This is the chance for the river to get some volume and colour to it. It usually takes about 1-2 hours for the water to reach the town pools once they let the water go at the dam. Fishing is usually reported as good as the levels start to rise. The river may get coloured but my suggestion is to keep fishing. The volume may come up to about 45-55 cumecs (if there has been no rain). If the water gets dirty then this is the time to target some large brown trout.
(Below) A much, much better day compared to yesterday. Blue sky and about 1/50th of the wind that we got yesterday. This is looking upstream to the Judge Pool at about 12:30pm. I went for a stroll up there during my lunch break to see if I could se any anglers. No one in there that I could tell.
(Below) Looking down to the Turangi Bridge Motel and in amongst all of the trees is the township of Turangi. The oak trees have really grown over the years here in Turangi. Usually about mid to late April it is worth walking up to this lookout to see all of the trees in their Autumn colours of red, orange and yellow. The trees are lovely but in the Autumn are the bane of every residents life when they shed all of their leaves.
(Below) Looking NW to Kuratau and Omori. I could see one angler fishing just below the S.H.1 road bridge.