Fishing Reports

Thursday 31st December 2020

Highly Fishable

Fine and sunny start to the day here in Turangi this morning.  A slight Zephyr blowing as of 9:30am.  This may increase during the day and become quite gusty. The Tongariro is clear and fishable.

Now that the weather has settled the boat anglers have ben doing well.  A good mixture of fish reported in terms of condition. All differnet colours seems to be working.  Pink has been good, Yellow and also white and Silver.

What a day to end the year on !!  I managed to head out for a fish on the Tongariro yesterday.  It was a boomer.  Never underestimate the Tongariro River for Summer fishing. I fished Backcountry style in the Front Country …. what’s this you ask?  Well, it is just going fishing as per normal.

It was good to be able to spot fish and target them.  If they don’t spook then you have a chance at getting them. I basically nymphed and the fish were particularly partial to a Gold Bead Prince Nymph. The odd fish took a Black Bead Hare and Copper and Claret Nymph. I did hear a few cicadas.  More of these should start chirping once the temperatures get up. A bit more rain now and some good heat should get them going.

I really needed the Simms Sungloves as this kept the sun and sandflies away !!

(Below) I was just bombarded most of the day by Sandflies ….. they were driving me mad.  I needed to use the insect repellent, especially to keep them away from my face.


(Below) Releasing a rainbow.





(Above & Below) It is always a bonus to land a Brown Trout in the Tongariro. This one put up quite a good fight.

(Below) The Magical Prince Nymph.


(Above & Below) I weighed this rainbow in the McLeans Weigh Net to be 5.5 lbs.  It had a deep solid body on it.


(Below) Some of the fish I caught had huge fins on them.  Check out the fin by my thumb on this fish.  Also on the one in the picture above.


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