TRM regret that reports on the Tongariro River fishing have been rare recently as it has been so unseasonal – cold and windy – that it was hardly fair to encourage anglers, other than for the evening rise.
One angler from Auckland stayed last weekend and did not even go fishing. But as he was a dedicated wet liner he probably doesn’t count.
It has been one of the worst Spring weather patterns since we have been reporting on the Tongariro. But it is all coming together – now the forecast is for a heat wave for the holidays.
Fishing “Undoubtedly” a Major Public Recreation
Recreational fishing is a major sport as shown by a survey conducted by Sport New Zealand says the New Zealand Federation of Freshwater Anglers.
Federation president David Haynes said the survey showed the importance of recreational fishing and that the importance had to be carefully weighed up in decisions involving water allocation as well as underlining the urgent need to clean up the unsatisfactory state of some rivers.
“The survey covering 2013-14 also showed participation in fishing to be increasing whereas glamour sports like cricket and golf showed decreases.”
Further details of the survey showed it was the second most popular activity with adult men and runner-up to walking and clearly well ahead of popular sports like golf, rugby, tennis and football.
“The survey clearly establishes that fishing, whether saltwater or freshwater, cannot be ignored by politicians, policy makers and developers.”
Detail showed other significant findings such as income and wealth making little difference with fishing ranking consistently at 5th and 6th for all income groups.
“This reflects the egalitarian status of New Zealand’s fishing unlike the feudal system of the UK and much of Europe where the better salmon and trout rivers are virtually the preserve of the wealthy who can afford the high access fees,” said David Haynes.
Consequently anyone in New Zealand can afford to go fishing by only paying a token licence fee to fish anywhere in New Zealand, subject to permission of landowners.”
Tomorrow TRM have another crack at a new Tongariro Pool for you – don’t miss it.