Fishing Reports

Wednesday 17th March 2021

Highly Fishable

Fine and sunny start to the day here in Turangi today.  A chilly start with 5 degrees celcius to greet the curtain openers with the first rays of sunshine hitting the ground this morning. No wind as of 9:00am.  The Tongariro is highly fishable.

When I was out the other evening there was quite a good Mayfly hatch ….. possibly grey Mayflies around #14.  There were a few fish that were rising as well, however I never targeted them since I only had the wetline.  Smaller Blue Dun’s or Parachute Adams should have been ideal here, or even fishing a wee wet ( basically an emerging Mayfly )  just below the surface.  When I was taking photos of the browns I caught, I had plenty of Caddis crawling all over me as well.

General reports from the boaties have indicated the jigging tapering off, however some are still doing quite well …. possibly those who are prepared to “Change” something and try something a little different.  The last few day jiggers seem to be asking for flies with a bit of green in them.

Don’t forget you have a few days left until the flows of the river change here intown with the work going on for the Power Scheme. This is scheduled to start Monday 22nd March …. the other one is for the upper river that is still currently going on.

Kia ora,

Genesis has upcoming maintenance work that will result in higher flows than usual on the Tongariro River for much of March.

From Saturday 6 March to Friday 19 March, the Moawhango and Rangipo Intake Tunnels will be inspected.  This work means flows from Rangipo Dam to Poutu Intake will be at natural levels, and more subject to natural fluctuation.  This work will also require a flow discharge into Waihaha Stream of up to 3 cumecs, so please be aware of higher flows than normal in this stream and its crossing on the Tree Trunk Gorge track.

Then, from Monday 22 March to Wednesday 31 March, the Poutu Tunnel and Canal will be inspected, affecting the flows downstream of Poutu Intake, including at Tūrangi township.  These flows will be approximately 15-25 cumecs higher than what is normally seen in the lower Tongariro River.  Flows will also be higher in the Poutu Stream during this period.

Due to the nature of the work, either or both inspections may be completed and the river returned to its usual flows before the end of the periods described above.  

Please be aware that these flows will also be subject to natural fluctuation and generation flow change at any time.

Please feel free to share this information directly or via social media with other river users and contact me if you have any questions.  Flow information can be found on the Genesis website.

Ngā mihi,

Kenzie Jackson | Environmental Advisor Genesis

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