Fine and sunny start to the day here in Turangi this morning. It looked like a light frost when I first got up but as the morning went on the frost looked like it got a bit thicker. No wind as of 9:00am. The Tongariro is highly fishable and is flowing at 23 cumecs.
We were pretty flat out in the shop yesterday. Quite a few anglers are finding the fishing a little slow in the Tongariro but “others” are seeming to do ok. Some anglers are “not seeing others around them catching fish” but the “others” are venturing and poking around and picking up a few here and there. Fresh fish have been reported in most rivers but not in great numbers. The enthusiasm of the angler wants it to be great at this time of the year but as I have said over the years, numbers continue to build towards Spring. Still getting reports of good browns hooked and caught. Plenty of Caddis nymphs in the big river. The odd fish being picked up on glo bugs but the naturals are still out performing the Bugs ! As more and more fish enter the rivers and start spawning the release of eggs will get greater and greater and then these eggs will start working more and more.
(Below) Neil was out early this morning to check out the Tongariro River. This is looking downstream from the S.H.1 road bridge at about 8:15am. There looked to be about three anglers way down in the “Bridge Pool of Old”.
(Below) The river mouths have been getting some good reports still. Appears fish are sneaking into the rivers. I received this photo and email this morning thanks to Jason Bleibtreu of River Birches Lodge. Jason writes:
Dear Sporting Life,
It is nice to see some plump rainbows on the move. Thanks for putting me onto the best fly for the job. I got this rainbow hen with a sinking line at a local river mouth and the white booby fly that you sold me.