Fishing Reports

Tuesday 19th May 2020

Highly Fishable

Under level 2 we are back open and operating here at Sporting Life.  The shop is open.

If you can’t get here but require some ” Stuff ” you can contact us by the methods below and we can send out.  Thanks for your support:

Phone : (07) 386 8996


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A fine and frosty start to the day here in Turangi today.  No wind as of 8:30am.  The Tongariro is clear and fishable. The long run of outstanding weather appears to be continuing.  It has been a magic time with this type of weather.  Usually in the past the end of May heralds the onset of some good “Fish Running Rain” with the river usually colouring up. This might be just in time for the long holiday weekend of Queen’s Birthday.  So if you are planning on being here then it might be well timed.  If the rain holds off then it might be worth a look at fishing some of the river mouths.

A report in from Lake Otamangakau yesterday morning with an angler reporting doing quite well on Heave and Leave glo bugs but said get out early in the morning to do it.  Just a reminder that this Lake closes for fishing at the end of this month (31 May). Also remember that the upper reaches to fishable rivers in the Taupo District close at the end of this month as well as we head into the Winter Fishing Season.

Lakes Kuratau and Rotoaira close for fishing at the end of June.

Also a reminder that NEW FISHING LICENCES start 1 July 2020

Just arrived – latest shipment of C3 flies

Found – One Sage Spool and Flyline – if you think it is yours contact us here a Sporting Life (07) 386 8996 or email

(Below) I went for a look down to the Tongariro River after work yesterday and quite a few anglers were out and about. It was quite a strange evening yesterday as a dark cloud hovered above the town and a magnificent rainbow appeared.  I took the picture below and the rainbow appeared to land right on the State Highway One Road bridge !  While I was out I didn’t see anyone hook up. The funny thing is I got back home I went inside and a short while later looked out onto the deck and it was wet … it rained but you couldn’t see any rain !

(Below) There were quite a few anglers fishing on the Tongariro yesterday evening. The change of light is always a good time to fish with a glo bug.  This is looking downstream to the “Bridge Pool of Old” below the S.H.1 road bridge.



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