Fishing Reports

Sunday 27th December 2020

Highly Fishable

Fine and sunny start to the day here in Turangi today.  A cold blustery sunny start to the day here in Turangi today. The Tongariro is highly fishable flowing at 26.2 cumecs.

We had a few anglers call into the store yesterday.  A few were fly fishing.  Mostly nymphers who were picking up some quite nice silver fish  from the river.  A few still hitting the evening rise with some good reports from them skating the Caddis.

Jiggers seem to be reporting catching fish on Green Orbits and white flies ( smelt ).  A few have been preferring the wriggle tail smelts on their jig set ups. Try also Grey Ghosts, Silicon Smelts and Jack Sprats along with the old favorite the Ginger Mick.  A mixture of fish reported from some spent ones to some absolutely fabulous fish.

Quite a blustery breeze blowing here in Turangi this morning.  This may make it a little trickier for the fly caster.  Might pay to have a stooge around the Tongariro to look for some browns too. A few more reports filtering in of anglers seeing them and the odd few getting hooked. They will be moving in to feed on the juvenile rainbow fry and the smaller 6-8 inch rainbows.

Cicadas have gone dead with the cold Southerly wind change.  This can be the case and usually they will get going in the New Year with about the 2nd week being hotter than others. This should start to see them going again.  They are pretty fickle creatures and I say they need the ” Goldilocks Zones ”  ie Not too cold / not too hot and dry to keep going.

They were chirping pretty good on Sunday last week when the temperatures were up and after the bit of rain that we had. Another good dose of rain followed by a few days of good hot sunny weather should get them active.

I’ve seen quite a few Wasps flying around but I haven’t seen many Bees. A few people just starting to report Mosquitoes.


(Above) Neil went for a look down to the Tokaanu Tailrace before work this morning.  Although it was quite blustery in town, it didn’t look too bad down here.

(Below) The Point at the Tokaanu Tailrace looks to be a little on the clean shaved side ….. The Willows look to have had a bit of a trimming.

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