Fishing Reports

Monday 20th May 2019

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Clouds and sun
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Well it was a brisssssssk start to the morning but she’s heating up a wee bit now.

I had an absolute stunner of a morning  swinging the Trout Spey Rod, hitting some beautiful Tongariro Chrome before heading to the shop.

The flow is looking nice in colour and sitting around 22 cumecs and the winds for the first time in a few days are down to nil.

The FGB (Fluoro Green Bead) Black Woolly Bugger from the crew at the Manic Tackle Project was getting whacked right through the section of water I was fishing. The brighter beaded Woolly Buggers have been really good for me on the early morning sessions. It was interesting how they took the fly, at one point it felt like the Bugger was getting chewed on before i re cast swung the same drift and a subtle take then on. The fights all started really light with me thinking I had hooked small fish before the heat came on and 3 to 4lb fish came to the net.

At the end of today’s video there is a brief run down of the setup I was using. You can find the video by following the red link at the top of this report.

We will be running a mini film fest for all you amateur film buffs at the Winter Fly Fest this year. So please send me and email to to express your interest in entering this. Requirements are. A 2 minute or less video, fly fishing in the Central Plateau and a small story to go along with your video. All entries must comply with fishing regulations. Get to it and lets enjoy.

I dropped my sunglasses on my travels this morning so if any one comes across a pair of Wiley X sunnie on their travels it would be much appreciated if you could let me know. They could be anywhere between the Island Pool and Lake Taupo 🙂I will be away for most of the next few days on the water. Possibly heading up to Rotovegas for a flick if plans work out but otherwsie will be exploring the Central Plateau Rivers.

Pete and Jared will be on board at the shop so pop in and say g’day and get yourself geared up.

See you at Sporting Life Fishing Outfitters – Turangi

Andrew Burden

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