Overcast start to the day here in Turangi with some blue sky hanging around the Desert Road. A good dumping of snow on the Kaimanawa Ranges this morning. A slight breeze as of 8:45am. This may increase during the day. The Tongariro is flowing at 27.5 cumecs and is highly fishable.
Famous last words about having a breather yesterday …… we got busy !
The wind blew hard yesterday which caused a bit of grief for some anglers, however others that came into the shop persevered and still caught fish. It may be a little easier to wetline in the wind rather than nymph with long leaders and heavy flies.
Still seems to be no shortages of anglers reporting catching fish. I would call this an ABOVE AVERAGE year. Make the most of it.
I saw the Cherry tree I walk past to work in the morning is just starting to bud up. We are not that far off Spring and the Mayfly hatches. We will have to wait and see what this year will bring. It is usually all flood and weather dependent. Last year was a good Mayfly hatch year. Also over the next few weeks try some Mayfly patterns if you are nymphing. Things like Pheasant Tails, Carty’s Coloboriscus, All Purpose Black Nymphs, Death Metal Nymphs, Prince Nymphs, Halfbacks and Claret Nymphs and of course the Hare and Copper.