Fishing Reports

Tuesday 22nd December 2020

Highly Fishable

Overcast, warm and humid here in Turangi this morning. No wind as of 9:30am.  The Tongariro is clear and fishable and flowing at 25.2 cumecs.

I decided to do something a little different over the last couple of days off.  I decided to fish the “Backcountry” in the “Front Country”. It was a nice sunny day and was ideal for spotting fish.  The river was as slippery as walking on ice with ice skates !!

I started off dry / droppering but after covering quite a bit of water with no success I walked past some really good looking nymphing water, so I decided to change to the nymph.  Making this decision paid off.  There were plenty of Subway fish.  I didn’t see many fish and it took a while to spot a couple of good sized ones.  They were pretty spooky and as soon as the fly hit the water they disappeared pretty quickly.  All up I think I hooked about 10-12 little tackers and landed two nice ones.  A very pleasant day out.  The cicadas were really starting to chirp as well.

(Above) I really love fishing small streams and water like this.  The Tongariro is good as it is nice and open but a little bit of skill is involved in fishing this tighter sort of water.

(Below) When it comes to catching fish, to me “size does not matter”.  You still have to do the right things to even catch the smaller fish.

(Above & Below) Along with the small come the big.  This one put up a bit of a tussle in the small water.

(Below) I released the fish in the pictures above and it shot under this bush and hid in here.

(Below) We were talking the other day about the size of trout and the size of food they want to take on …… sometimes these little fellas will try and take on a cicada that is about half their body size.  It would be like us trying to take on chasing an Elephant and then sinking our teeth into it.  Their eyes are bigger than their bellies.






(Above & Below) I got to the end of my fishing day and in the very last pool I caught this fish.


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