Thanks to Marc Geerlings for following update:
The trip this time was more of a gentleman’s fishing trip as had an elderly friend (70s) with me.
Late starts and not more than a couple of hours at a time. Even with limited time we fished the easy to wade mouths.
There were fish about and one really nice 4 1/2 lb rainbow that really put up a fight. The jack was almost salmon orange inside and great condition which bodes well for winter runs.
Again thanks for your usual great hospitality and looking forward to returning for another stay during the winter.
Thanks Marc. Now just have another squiz at the superb condition of his fillets above. We suggest these would be very difficult to improve on anywhere else in the world. These wild Lake Taupo trout thrive on a natural diet of whitebait and koura (fresh water crayfish). They are what they eat. Just superb.
It reminds me of a while ago when I was returning from the upper W(h?)anganui River with what I thought was a great 5 pound plus Rainbow when I came across the farmer who owned the land – just in case we were poaching (?) I immediately offered him my trophy trout as a peace offering – as you do. He laughed and declined as he replied he only eats Taupo trout. You can see why.
We often see images of massive trout or salmon raised on pellets loaded with toxic growth hormones from the salmon farms with salmon suffering genetic mutation (?) in South Island canals. They are not in the same class as the wild Taupo trout raised in a natural environment. It really is a world class trout fishery. That is why it needs to be protected much more than at present.
Then compare the Taupo version above to farmed salmon and count our blessings in Turangi. This is what salmon from the South Island canals have to look forward to: