Overcast with light drizzle falling here in Turangi this morning. No wind as of 9:00am. The Tongariro is clear and fishable.
There still seems to be plenty of fish in the Tongariro at present. Some nice ones still in there. I decided to head out for an evening rise fish on Monday evening. I caught up with Jamie Campbell. Usually when I go out for an evening rise fish I like to start off nymphing waiting until the rise starts. We did this and caught a few before the rise started. They seemed to be taking naturals.
I then wait until I see a bit of insect activity. The mayflies started to hatch so I said to Jamie to get ready with the Parachute Dry fly.
On my strolls along the river I have noticed the odd brown appearing in places. They should start to trickle into the river from now on looking for a Baby Rainbow tasty meal.
(Below) This was quite a good sized Tongariro rainbow I landed nymphing waiting for the rise to start. This one took a Hare and Copper nymph.
(Below) A pale looking rainbow that I hooked nymphing. This one took a Pheasant Tail.
(Below) Jamie with a rainbow he targeted with the Parachute Dry Fly. A few casts and it came up and took the dry fly. The Mayflies coming off the water that evening were actually quite big.
(Below) As the rise continue the Caddis start to hatch so we changed over to the “Black Death” aka The Sporting Caddis and it wasn’t too long before this one took the fly.
(Below) Another fish on the Sporting Caddis dry fly. They are usually the fish that spawned but are now feeding to put on condition again. they may be a little on the thin side but boy do they fight well !
(Below) Another on the Sporting Caddis. This one really took quite some time to get in. The rises should gain momentum as we head towards the Summer ( flood and weather dependent ).