Fishing Reports

Friday 21st June 2019

Highly Fishable
Mostly cloudy
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It was an awesome session at the Main Road Bridge pool or the Socializing Pool for the lads at lunch time. Always a good place for a bit of banter. It has turned into an absolutely stunning day in Turangi and was good to be out and about for an hour. It rained fairly hard through the night at times but had little effect on the Tongariro River flow with 27 cumces being the peak of the rise.

I Caught up with folk I haven’t seen in a long time. Ricky Thompson was in town on a stop off for lunch break as he headed back North and we caught up in the car park. Ricky is a weapon with a fly rod and was putting through some beautiful drifts and hooked up on his first 3 casts.

Didymo Dave was riverside and it was good to hear from him that he hadn’t seen the rivers so clean for a long time, so well done to everyone for doing their best to keep this part of the world beautiful. Much appreciated, and to Dave for making sure things stay beautiful and clean.

Barry Tippett made his way down and was into fish. The only remaining member of the Opunake Rat Pack still in town after the Hef and Paddy Tracey Walsh had headed home to party. 🙂 🙂

Brent Hamilton was in usual all star form picking up fish off of beautiful drifted presentations, laying out a beautiful line with the RIO PRODUCTS Single Hand Spey Line.

There was really good fishing going on, with plenty landed. I tried to take a few shots in today’s video of the flies being used and they came up okay. Every fish was landed on a natural variation pattern, with most anglers having a glo bug on their rig but the natural being preferred. There were small Pheasant Tails, Hare & Coppers, Green Caddis and Red Copper Johns all being munched upon.

Which leads to believe that presentation is king with all the anglers I watched using different naturals but the one thing they had in common were really well setup drifts. Super good line maintenance and striking on the slightest indicator movement (Just strike).

There are fish in the river and I have witnessed it every day this week,, so get out there and get into.

We have a very experienced team in the shop to point you in the right direction but it’s up to you come go time.Jared and I will be in store tomorrow so pop in and say g’day and get yourself geared up.

See you at Sporting Life Fishing Outfitters – Turangi

Guided Fly Fishing New Zealand – Andrew Burden

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