In no particular order the team from Brisbane are Brian, Neil, Marcus & Steve inspecting the Tongariro River below Major Jones Pool last week. In the 50 metres below the ‘flying fox’ wire (see in the background) they counted more trout than seen in their entire South Island trip last year. They were comparing their holiday fishing the Mataura near Gore to the mighty Tongariro so TRM offered to show them why the Tongariro is so much more productive all year round.
So many tourists (and anglers!) walk past these shallow spawning beds every day without realising many of those stones in the river have wavy tails.
This is one of the best spots on the river to watch their mating behaviour over the redds where the jacks are protecting their nest fighting off any competition. You can see the hens flashing silver flanks as they lay their eggs and the jacks moving in to cover them.
What a great spot to educate the kids too.
Above is an update of TRM’s other manager Pumpkin keeping cool – thank you to Toby George who was with enthusiastic 6 1/2 year old daughter India taking Pumpkin walkies. As you can see, Pumpkin adored her attention.