Can you recognise this fishy pool? Read on…
12 January Middle Pools i.e. Kamahi to Red Hut Pools
18 January Braids i.e. below Bridge Pool to Braids car park.
19 January Lower River – from Duffs to Reeds Pools.
22 January Lower Pools below Reeds
If you are not familiar with the angler access tracks on the upper Tongariro then this report will be a bit meaningless.
Despite requests for updates from TRM inmates, the delay was intentional waiting for the flow to recover back to normal levels? But we gave up waiting…
These images were taken on 24 January when the river flow was still up around 40 cumecs – compared to more normal flows at around 27 cumecs.
So many of the changes to flows in the river are still not revealed. I can say that a couple of sneaky no-name little runs between named pools, that were my special favourites, have been completely wiped out.
That is one of the most challenging aspects of this river.
(The walking track from the car park was washed out but is still “walkable” – but that is just at the start…)
After every flood we have to learn all over again.
Rather than just go to the same old favourite spot where you caught your last trout, we all have to learn how to read the water again to identify and locate possible probable likely trout homes.
(The over-flow bypass poured through like a hydraulic bulldozer – which may have stemmed from the original river course which contained such famous pools as the Breakaway – washed out the track – but this has unexpected benefits too)
I started last week by heading up river above Red Hut swing-bridge to Waddells Pool and up to the Poutu Pool.
I tried both left and right banks but have not provided any images as there were not enough significant changes to comment on.
Again it is stressed that the river was still running high and some of these changes may not become apparent until low tide.
So this report is limited to the Poutu Pool.
Rafters have commented they usually spot trout waiting at this deep pool but they are lying very deep – a heavier wet line might be successful?)
Previously TRM have hardly ever reported on the Poutu River as angler access has been the problem.
We know of fishing guides who have often been saved by the Poutu River reliability – producing trout on a hard day when the Tongariro may be flooded. It has a steady more constant flow as it is controlled by a dam at the top above the waterfall from Lake Rotoaira. The other well known pool accessed off SH1 confirms there are always trout in there all year. The exposure of this additional access is one of the surprises from after the flood. Often it can be as good as the Hine or Waytoohardanui. OK?
(Looking up river indicates major changes with increased flow in the side channel from below Boulder Reach on left of photo – or on TRB – but this may pattern may change when the river resumes normal levels.)
In summary the recent 700+ cumec flood has improved anglers access and casting/fishing potential in this upper reaches of the Tongariro River…. What a marvelous river!
Below is Waddells Pool looking down river to Red Hut Bridge in the distance – photo from last week – appears to be still much the same as prior to the flood so no report needed – maybe missing due to the big brown I hooked in the foreground. After a big leap he threw the hook…