Now the Rangipo Prison is closed and the land has been transferred to the local iwi (Maori tribe) as another of Mr. Findlayson’s election bribery Treaty Settlements, the Blue Pool and Boulder Reach access roads now extend over “private property” so they will be charging $50 (cash) per rod per day – the same toll level being charged by other mean-spirited owners in similar trout fishing access roads on the upper Wanganui River and to Flaxy Lakes.
Apart from Blue Pool, eight other upper river pools access will be cut off including the Boulder Pool, Big Bend Pool, Sand Pool, Fence Pool, Whitikau Pool, the Reef plus Boulder Reach and Poutu Pools.
This is covered in more detail below so read carefully…
TRM hate being critical at times, but we try to respond and reflect comments from fishy inmates on both good and bad issues affecting their fishing on the Tongariro, or any others they can dream up – such as the appalling road access to Blue Pool, lack of tracks washed out down river, new licence policy, fishing regulations, snags, lack of river fishing guide maps, flooded rivers, windy weather, you name it – anglers are usually quick to complain. What else can they do when the river is flooded?.
In particular, DOC’s Ranger, Brenda Lawson, has done a tremendous job on this.
The spray bottles are placed at all the main fishing car parks where anglers can pinch them and fill them in the river so they are ready to use. Every bottle has special anti-didymo detergent in it.
It is so essential to CHECK CLEAN DRY between rivers.
The main point is that Didymo is still a risk to North Island rivers.
NIWA have recently published testing regarding cleaning methods for weeds/snails/lake snow. Main points are that lake weeds are not killed by detergent – the ‘CHECK’ part is very important – remove all weed matter from equipment. 60degree water is best treatment
If you imagine it is not needed then consider that Didymo has been kept out of the North Island for over ten years by DOC’s strict adherence to such awareness programmes. OK?
If SWMBO catches you not cleaning your gear then you could be banned from fishing the Tongariro for ever.
It is probably overdue for SWMBO to finally admit the truth about the Bridge Pool.
Bridge Pool TRB
This car park is increasingly popular to provide walking access to Stag and Cicada Pools and another which has not qualified for a name on the new map yet, but which locals call the “New Never-Fail” pool.
Red Hut carpark
Blue Pool carpark
What a terrible access road. With the winter wet weather the potholes continue to grow wider and deeper. It is now only suitable for 4WD high clearance vehicles. But that will not matter as they are closing the road off with a gate inside the entrance from SH1.
Recently TRM offered $100 towards someone taking on the job of fixing the road. A TRM inmate booked out on Saturday and asked us to add $100 to his bill towards the road repairs. That illustrates the difference and generous attitude of TRM guests – they really do care.
The latest hot gossip is the Blue Pool access road will be closed only temporarily during logging operations while they remove the mature pine tree plantation and part of their contract is that they will repair the road before reopening... Yeh!
The other misinformation introduction above was SWMBO being naughty to make sure you carefully read all the Didymo stuff… She is so devious.