Big Bend Pool
More fishy images of changes to the upper river… Big Bend Pool car park is 1.8 km from SH 1 on the Blue Pool road.
Image above demonstrates the higher level of the Tongariro River compared to the over-flow bypass at the head of Big Bend Pool.
During the flood this is where it broke out of the main flow to form the new bypass which wrecked the walking access to Boulder Reach – image on right.
It looks like a river waiting to happen.
It appears to be inevitable that the another bypass will take this route soon – which will hinder access to TLB of Boulder Reach and Big Bend and Fan Pool.
Above Big Bend Pool
This has been a difficult exercise as since the flood the Tongariro River refused to drop to more normal 26-27 cumec levels.
Looking down to Big Bend Pool.
At the time of this last report on Sunday 28 it was still flowing high at around 35 cumecs. The grey colour was from a slip up beyond the walking tracks somewhere in the gorge. On Friday the Kaimanawa region was hit by storms and heavy rain, Saturday the river was coffee coloured and unfishable, so Sunday we took the chance that it might have recovered.
Big Bend Pool
So all comment is subject to a higher river level and difficulty in being able to spot any major changes. Anglers who know the upper river from the Blue Pool access road may identify changes in the flows to the heads of pools but they do not appear to be significant.
Tail of Big Bend before it splits above the Fan Pool
The biggest impact is still from the forestry harvesting before Christmas changing the scenic character of the access road. It looks ugly but is now much easier to navigate with the giant pot holes now a memory only.