Fishing Reports

Wednesday 29th April 2020

Highly Fishable

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Tightlines from the Staff of Sporting Life ”  

Overcast start to the morning here in Turangi today.  There is no wind as of mid day.  The cloud is trying to lift with the odd patches of blue sky. The Tongariro is clear and highly fishable today.

Quite a few anglers were out and about on the river yesterday.  The weather over the last month has just been outstanding.  Beautiful blue sky days with little wind and still warm.  I managed to get out for a flick on the river after I completed my shift at work yesterday.  As soon as I got to the river I noticed that there was a hatch of Mayflies.  Quite big ones around a size #12 to #14 and darker in colour.  I saw about half a dozen fish rise up every so often.  Not consistent rises but rises still the same.  Given the weather that we have been having with the sunshine and warmth then I would not think this to be strange.

(Below) One angler who had just entered the Hydro Pool to fish at 11:15am this morning.

(Below) The only other angler I could see from the Major Jones Pool Right up to the Hydro Pool at 11:15am this morning… a mid sized Black Shag.

(Below) I managed to get out for a flick on the Tongariro River yesterday after my work shift and it wasn’t long until I hooked into the Butter coloured rainbow.

(Below) I also landed this really fat brown trout.  I liked the shape of this ones snout rising to the hump shoulders.


(Below) The same fish as the one in the picture above.


(Below) Nothing much was happening on the naturals.. I missed a few takes… ( getting too slow in my old age .. I better start learning to wetline properly 😉 ) and so as the light faded decided to go big and bold on the glo bug …. 1st drift the indicator twitched and I struck !  BINGO I thought until this thing flew out of the water … a Subway Fish !!!

(Below) Not long after I found its mother 😉   All fish were released to be able to give those who can’t make it here a chance to catch them when you can arrive.



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