A sunny start to the weekend with a fresh breeze blowing through town. The wind picked up late yesterday afternoon which would have stifled the evening rise but if you were keen then swinging large streamers for the bigger Brown Trout could have been good. The Tongariro is steady on 26cumec and very clear so don’t be afraid to drop down in fly size to get the bite. I have found lately that using a #16 nymph below a dryfly has outfished the usual #14.
The rise in the popularity of Euro Nymphing continues and we have some cool stuff in store if this is something you might want to have a go at. One of the cool new bits of kit is the Guideline Elevation Nymph Edition 10’6″ #3 flyrod – have a look at them here www.sportinglife-turangi.co.nz/product/guideline-elevation-fly-rod-nymph-edition/
The fishing on Lake Taupo has really ramped up in the last few weeks and some stunning fish have been coming to the net. Harling the shallower waters early in the morning has accounted for some very nice Brown Trout then changing out to the trolling lines as the sun gets higher and the fish go deeper has seen some truly superb Rainbows hit the fish box. Some of these fish have been in fantastic condition and might be due to the good numbers of smelt at the moment. It not unusual to have them coughing up these tasty morsels as they near the boat. Best lures have been Tobys in green, pink or silver and Tassie Devils in Neon Smelt and Rastafarian. Jigging has been on the rise and a team of green orbit, silicone smelt and Yellow Lady flys should get a bend in your rod.
I had some varied fishing earlier in the week and made the most of the options we have in the Taupo fishery. The Tongariro was a joy and it was cool to see my dry fly drop to hungry Rainbows as they ate the small nymphs drifting below. Even the wily Browns had a look but no joy on these bigger river fish for me yet. After some ordinary sessions looking for lake side smelters I thought it wouldn’t be happening this week but thanks to a suggestion from Theresa to check out another spot we had a very enjoyable day casting to Rainbows smashing into the smelt and Browns cruising the edges, tons of fun and made the gnarly walk in and out worth the effort.
After moving from one spot to the next it pays to have a spray bottle or two of solution to help protect our wonderful waterways – always Check Clean Dry!! we have them available in store so drop by and pick one up.