Raft Fishing Specialists
(Following is TRM’s Daily Report on 1 February 2011)
Following another enquiry – also from the UK – on raft fishing the upper Tongariro River, SWMBO suggested it is time for another reminder.
This is one trip TRM strongly recommend. Every angler, every fisho, every novice should have it at the top of his/her bucket list!
If you want to know more, TRM also refer you to the latest Trout Fisher magazine which has a 4 page glossy spread by Andrew headed “Upper Tongariro Rafting” on pages 6-9.
It is almost an excellent feature except it fails to recommend the best place to stay.
Not to be outdone by the Trout Fisher magazine, the following is a repeat of Andrew’s TRM advertorial version:
This upper river water beyond the winter limit opens for angling every year on the 1st of December and is only really accessible via the river.
This allows anglers to get into untouched water to fish for resident and spawning fish.
December and January are popular months with anglers as the upper river holds huge numbers of trout at this time of year due to late spawning fish from Lake Taupo.
(TRM addition: But from February the early runs start. Every angler knows the biggest trout start their spawning run early.)
This is a great activity to do if you are a fly fishing enthusiast wanting peace and solitude and/or if you are looking for an adventure fishing trip, combining an awesome ride down many exciting rapids with beautiful scenery and of course excellent fishing.
So grab your best mate, your wife or even the whole family, there is plenty to do for people who don’t fish. They can sit back in the sun on the warm sand, enjoy a good book, as well as swim in the refreshing water, before helping to tackle the next rapid to get you to the next hot spot for fishing.
Anglers with varying capabilities are welcome, as the upper river provides great opportunities for everybody and is flexible for the use in all methods of fly fishing, from wet-lining, nymphing and dry fly in the afternoon sun.
A large terrestrial dry fly with a small natural off the bottom would also be a great option in the summer with good numbers of Cicadas and great evening mayfly hatches.
Your professional NZ Rafting river guide will expertly navigate you through the rapids and deliver you at the pristine fishing pools, from here your fishing guide will take over, so you can get stalking in the gin clear water.
Everything is provided when you raft fish with us – gourmet food, beverages, camping equipment, transport and expert guides.
So if you are looking for a totally different experience with your fly fishing this summer and want something that you will remember for years to come, grab your best mate and get in contact now to book your guided raft fly fishing trip this summer.