Fishing Reports

Friday 23rd October 2020

Highly Fishable

Overcast with a humid feel about it here in Turangi today.  No wind as of 9:15am.  The Tongariro is highly fishable today.

Reports of anglers having a great time out on the Tongariro yesterday.  Still a ton of fish around. As I have said before I find this to be one of the best times of the year to fish the Tongariro.  This is generally for the numbers of fish ( the quality tends to be not quite as good at this time of the year ) but the numbers are usually high and you can use pretty much every method of catching trout ( except spinning ) in the river.  Most anglers in the shop yesterday were nymphing and took a range of flies.  Green Epoxy Bombs, Glo Bugs, Green Caddis and Pheasant tails tend to be the preferred flavours.

For those heading this way for the long weekend, I am sure most of you will be able to catch fish. Plenty to do, plenty of places to go and try but for me .. too little time !  The lawns are growing too fast at the moment, plus the hedges ….. plus the weeds ….  veges need planting … any volunteers who want to be a slave for me so I can go fishing more ??

The trolling has been reported as quite good out in Lake Taupo over the last week.  Towards the end of last week a few brown trout were reported caught out in Lake Taupo.  Over the years I have been here at Sporting Life I have noticed there is a kind of a period where the browns seem a bit easier to catch out in the lake.  Reports of catching them easier seem to be a window of about 2-3 weeks.  I think they start to move into the shallows and start making a beeline for entering the rivers. We should start to see some of the fresher browns start to trickle into the Tongariro next month with more appearing under the S.H.1 road bridge around the middle of December.  They come into the river to start to feed on the juvenile rainbow fry and smaller “Subway” fish ( the 6 to 8 inchers )

Top lures for the boaties have been Rastafarian, Green and Gold, Orange, Black and Gold and Traffic Lights.  Boaties are tending to run a teaser fly behind their lures.

Most boaties spoken to have been trolling ……. appears to be few reports from the jiggers.  Few reports of smelt being reported.


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