Fishing Reports

Friday 25th September 2020


Overcast start to the day here in Turangi today. No wind as of 8:45am. The Tongariro is fishable and flowing at 34 cumecs today.  After the rain from yesterday, the river peaked at 58 cumecs.  Anglers were calling in this morning to say how dirty the river was …. I always say  ” It ain’t dirty until you can plough a furrow in it and plant some spuds “. One angler reported that yesterday it was a ” funny colour ” more like a tannin colour. Over the years I have described the colour as dark olive, emerald green, light milky green, light brown, tea coloured, chocolate brown, clear and gin clear.

At 34 cumecs the river is highly fishable for both wetlining / double hand / skagit fishing and nymphing.  There should be some fresh fish that should be able to be caught today if there is a tinge of colour to the river.

Don’t forget that Lake Otamangakau and Kuratau open on 1st October.

A report of a 5.5lb fish caught in Lake Taupo today harling.  Pinks and oranges still seem to be working well at present.  Another angler was in first thing this morning and reported fish splashing on the surface of the lake.  From now on the harling should pick up for the boaties.

I was sent this email today thanks to Kieran Govind who writes:

Hi Jared,

Thought you might be interested in this. My fishing buddy cleared a snag from the lower bridge pool last weekend, which turned out to be an old net. There were approx 40 flies attached to it and the interesting part was the array of flies and their differing sizes – which shows that all sorts of flies are fished in the same pool, but glow bugs are probably the most popular. Some readers may recognize some as their own. Thanks



(Below) An array of weapons used to seek snags in the Tongariro River.



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