Overcast and a cooler start to the morning here in Turangi today. All rivers are clear and fishable. No wind as of 9:30am. Phew … it was a pretty hot and humid night last night. Today has the feel that rain may be on the way at some stage. It has been pretty dry but as someone said ” it always rains at the end of a drought ! ” I have noticed some of the Oak and Maple trees have red leaves on them here in Turangi and the others are fading to a pale yellow. The 1st of March indicates officially the start of Autumn.
The Passion Vine Hopper hatches have been unbelieveable. The fish that have locked onto them are just gorging themselves. I saw a video yesterday of a Duck just hoovering up a ton of them and other anglers have reported seeing ducks feeding aggresively on them. Now that I have seen that, I have seen Ducks feeding on Cicadas, Caddis during the evening rise, Passion Vine Hoppers and I also saw a Duck down at the tailrace feeding on a small fish. I still haven’t seen any fish feeding on small ducks though.
A few more cicadas have been heard chirping but not much reporting on fish feeding on them.
We also still have the full rod/reel/ and flyline that someone found down by the river and handed into the shop, so if you are missing a set-up then give us a call here at Sporting Life on (07) 386 8996.
(Below) The following photos are thanks to my Roving Reporter … Jens Muller-Buckland titled “Wed TT more misses than hits !”
(Above) Fish rising aggresively to Passion Vine Hoppers. There have just been massive rafts of Passion Vine Hoppers floating down the rivers.
(Below) Ring splashes from rising fish in the TT River. The river looks almost stagnant. We could do with a bit of rain now. The funny thing is everywhere I have been in the last few weeks the old roadside apple trees have been laden with fruit and the plum trees have been just bulging with fruit this year.
(Below) A rather flat, calm Tauranga-Taupo river.
(Below) The culprit for the trout feeding frenzy … The Passion Vine Hopper or Lace moth. They usually start off called a Fluffy Bum Aphid. If you go to touch them they usually “flick”away from you. They sit very flat in the surface film of the water.
(Below) Fish feeding on Passion Vine Hoppers in the Tauranga Taupo River yesterday. Videos thanks to Jens Muller-Buckland
(Below) I have posted a video of the Duck feeding on Passion Vine Hoppers at the link below ….. couldn’t figure how to get it up on the screen like the movie above ….. anyone got a 5 year old computer savvy kid who can show me ??