Overcast start here in Turangi today. No wind as of 9:30am. The Tongariro is clear and fishable.
I decided to have a look at fishing the Tauranga-Taupo River yesterday. I wanted to save a trip up there for a nice sunny day as I like to look and spot fish. My plan was a cunning one …. knowing the Tongariro would be busy I also thought that would be the case at the TT as well. However my plan was to have a sleep in and let most of the anglers head up the river and then catch all of the fish and then head back so that when I started most anglers would have gone and I would have most of the river to myself. I arrived at the carpark to find 12 cars there. Usually your heat sinks when you see this many but in the past I always think ” you must be better than those who have gone before you “. So, off I went.
I started fishing as soon as I hit the river. Yesterday morning the fog and cloud hovered around but this burnt off later in the day. The river was still running pretty high and I had a few hairy crossings where I thought I was going to be bowled over. The force of the river was quite strong. The river still had some colour to it from last weeks rain.
My suspicions were correct. I saw quite a few anglers head back home with what looked like 6 bag limits hanging off their sides … it’s hard work carrying fish like that miles back to the car 😉
(Above) A cloudy morning start on the Tauranga-Taupo River.
(Below) I had a bit of a slow start but managed to land this fish. I had a a few more takes but the current was swirly and I missed a few other takes.
(Below) The glo bug worked here.
(Below) A nice looking run. The sun had started to come out here.
(Below) Another nice looking run.
(Below) I had a bit of a slow start and was wondering why this was the case … I think it was due to me packing one of these for my lunch. The fishing improved greatly after I devoured this.
(Below) See, after eating the banana I caught this nice silver fish.
(Below) A nicely coloured up rainbow jack.
(Below) The nice silver fish took my white caddis whereas the other sorts of fish took the glo bugs.
(Below) This was a superb fresh conditioned hen that I landed. There was a lot of weight behind trying to land this one.
(Below) A nice silver fish.
(Below) Another nice looking run. The flat light of the overcast conditions makes it quite hard to see into the water. That’s why i like heading up here on a sunny day.
(Below) I only got up to here before heading back home.
(Below) Another rainbow. I hooked a few, lost a few, enjoyed the sunny day and sitting on the river bank eating my lunch ….. how many did I get for the day ….. enough 😉
(Below) I didn’t even get up to the ” good water “.
(Below) I always like seeing these track markers with the picture of the sauntering anglers with the little one having their fish swinging along side them. I did see most other anglers sauntering back to their car swinging their fish … just like this picture.