Shaun Devine from Auckland with his first trout hooked and landed at the Delta last weekend. I will bet he never forgets his first trout. This is what holidays at Turangi are all about. His video action below:
The best conditioned trout we have seen have all been from the river mouths – the Tongariro Delta is well known but some of the many other smaller creek mouths have been producing superb trout. Their condition is confirmed by their flesh colour – quite remarkable with a deep orange jaffa colour as good as any we have seen.
Just to prove trout still sneak past the construction site at the end of Herekiekie Street at night – see full story below – the evidence is from Allan Buscke from Auckland, caught at the Bridge Pool 7:30am Sunday.
Meanwhile to bring you up to date on the Tongariro Bridge Pool construction by Waikato Regional Council:
We did warn you… Now anglers might realise why the fishing has been slow and hard at the most popular pool on the Tongariro River – Bridge Pool and below – compared to previous seasons for this time of the year.
The continual concussion from dropping these huge rocks into the river every day will have sent trout, who were sneaking up river on the start of their annual spawning run, back to the lake…
The photos show the new access formed below the end of Herekiekie Street as a ramp to continue to strengthen the wall along the TRB to prevent any further erosion to the residential properties and beyond to Tongariro Lodge.
Previous correspondence from 5 April reads:
This email is to notify interested parties of upcoming works on the Tongariro River flood protection scheme.
As previously consulted in our annual works programme for the Tongariro River, we have some maintenance to undertake on the existing rock revetment structure at the end of Herekiekie Street in Turangi. The structure forms part of the Turangi flood protection scheme, and protects Herekiekie Street stopbank from erosion. The structure requires ongoing maintenance to ensure its stability.
This job is a continuation of the upgrade work we have undertaken over the last two summers.
Rock will be carted to site and stockpiled on the Herekiekie St reserve. The works site will be safety fenced for public safety. An excavator will then be onsite placing rock along the face of the structure.
The work itself is scheduled to start this week, and should take 3-4 weeks to complete.
If you have any queries please give me a call.
Todd Baldwin River Works Supervisor – Lake Taupo / Upper Waikato
River and Catchment Services
Waikato Regional Council
M: +64 21 241 6536
P: +64 7 378 6539