Fishing Reports

Wednesday 23rd September 2020

Highly Fishable

Overcast and cool start to the day here in Turangi today.  It has the feel of rain about it but no sign of it yet. A cool breeze is blowing.

Fish were reporting rising to the dry fly yesterday during the day here on the Tongariro. Some really good nymphing going on using hare and coppers and pheasant tails too.  Some good sized spawning jacks being reported caught. It is a great time of the year to fish as you can pretty much conduct all methods of fly fishing.  Fish numbers are very high at this time of the year and I would call the fishing easy. It can all change in the space of a flood or two though 😉 If we get a good flood in the next few weeks on the Tongariro it should still be great to fish immediately after the flood as a ton of mayfly and caddis nymphs will be dislodged from under the rocks and the fish will go into a feeding frenzy.  Quite a few fish from the extreme upper reaches may be blown back into the town pools which is a bonus for the town anglers and quite a few spent or recovering fish should get blown back out into Lake Taupo.  Hopefully for the boating anglers this will be done sooner rather than later as these fish will have time to fatten up for the Christmas / New Year Holidays.   If the floods are too late then these fish will be in higher numbers in the Lake around this time and the boaties will report catching spent or skinny fish.  As soon as these spent or recovering fish hit the lake they are into feeding … and are usually easy to catch. From now on the Harling in Lake Taupo should pick up using the traditional harling flies like the Green Orbit, Yellow Lady and Grey Ghost. Smelting should start to pick up from October.

(Below) A lone angler fishing the Red Hut Pool the other evening. It is a nice time to fish when the light starts to fade in the evening.

(Below) The ” Blast from the Past ” today shows some of the work conducted after the big 2004 flood.  There was a lot of tree litter that was dumped in and around the river from the massive flood. The easiest thing to do was to get a machine in to pile up the logs and then to set them on fire.  The picture below is looking upstream to the Judges Pool.

(Below) A similar shot of the same area this year …. 16 years later.


(Above & Below) Similar shots of the same area 16 years apart. It is amazing how vegetation covers scars on the land.  Notice the dry river bed in the picture above and in the picture below it is now the main channel.  The land is always changing and evolving. As mentioned the other day .. nothing lasts forever … change is always happening.


(Above & Below) Similar shots once again.  The one above is 2004 the one below is 2020.

(Below) The fires to burn through all of the detritus lasted a few days but it was pretty effective at getting rid of it.

(Below) I think this was the day after the big flood of 2004.  The machine was used to pick up logs, sling them across the road and dump them in the river on the other side. They needed to do this to prevent the build-up in front of the S.H.1 road bridge which may have caused serious issues to the bridge if it dammed up.

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