Fishing Reports

Tuesday 28th April 2020

Highly Fishable

Hello to you all out there in Cyberspace.  Hopefully you have all managed to get through the last 5 weeks ok.  It was a bit of a rushed close-down heading into level 4 but now that we are back into level 3 we will slowly be getting back up and running with the ability to do reports and supply you with fishing equipment via online or phone through and collect.

A heads up from the Boss

“Sorry but to comply with level 3 our store is a restricted area.  Please place orders either by our: 

Online Store  – 

Email : 

Phone : 07 386 8996

Payment by card only please

The shop will be manned between 9:00am and 4:45pm for collection.  Courier orders may be delayed depending on availability of couriers.

At this stage we will not be doing repairs to waders / rods / reels until further notice – click / email / phone and collect only

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Tightlines from the Staff of Sporting Life ”  


Taupō Fishery Update – The DOC Taupō Fishery Management Team in conjunction with the Tuwharetoa Maori Trust Board are pleased to confirm shore-based trout fishing in the Taupō District will resume for local anglers on Tuesday, when we drop from COVID-19 Alert Level 4 to Level 3. Fishing from a boat will remain out of bounds under Alert Level 3 – as it was under Level 4.

Safety remains the key concern, both for individuals and communities. Only experienced trout anglers who know how to minimise risks should consider going fishing. In addition, anglers are reminded to maintain social distancing and only fish in closer proximity with people who share your ‘bubble’.

Travel remains restricted under Alert Level 3 so anglers outside the Taupō District should not journey here to fish.

Once again, we would like to thank the huge majority of Taupō anglers for your support with the Level 4 restrictions – helping to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and save lives.

For the most current information please refer to either the DOC website or Face book page.

As of Tuesday 28/04/2020 we will be open to do online, email and phone orders while we remain in Level 3. The Sportinglife Team will do our best to fill and courier orders with the resources available to us.



So todays report is that I headed down to the S.H. 1 road bridge and noticed quite a few anglers out and about taking advantage of the really nice sunny day that were are having. Unfortunately with travel restrictions anglers from out of the area wont be able to get here …. sit tight and hopefully in a few more weeks you will be able to.

(Below) The picture below is four anglers fishing below the S.H. 1 road bridge at 11:15am.  The angler at the left hand side of the picture was hooked up into a fish as I was taking the photo. Remember to keep your Social Distancing in practice and it is still not a time to gather and congregate and waffle about fishing or about the one that got away ….

(Below) A stunning day here in Turangi today.  The weather under Level 4 lockdown has just been fantastic.  Due to a lack of rain the river is quite low at 19.9 cumecs and very clear.  During the lockdown I went for a few walks along the river and spotted plenty of good sized fish.  Under the Level 4 lockdown and with the lack of angling pressure the fish sat in very close to the river banks in quite shallow water.  The only pressure they got angling wise were from the big black Shags that were having a field day. It was probably quite nice to give the wildlife of the country a bit of a break as well. I quite enjoyed the forced closure as I feel nice and relaxed and managed to get on top of the chores at home.  Those are all done now and I have time to concentrate on the fishing.

(Below) A few anglers upstream of the S.H.1 road bridge this morning.

(Below) Under the Level 4 lockdown, apart from doing the chores around the house and reading I also spent some time tying up a few flies. I tied up some nymphs, glo bugs, boobies, woolly buggers and concentrated on tying a few Sporting Caddis ready for the late Spring. If you are still on some restrictions and want to do the same, call in your order of tying materials (subject to availability ) and you can get yourselves underway to do the same.

(Below) There have still been the odd Passion Vine Hoppers floating around over the last few weeks and a TON of these Sheild Bugs (Stink Bugs).  I have never seen so many as this year.  The Black Crickets are still chirping their last few chirps as well and in the last few weeks have seen quite a few Praying Mantis as well.  I haven’t seen that many Mantis since I was a kid here in Turangi.



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