The last week or so have arguably provided the best fishing this winter season.
Even some who might claim they failed as the trout kept on smashing them off.
Taranaki Trout Fishing Guide Richard emailed us – “Not sure what you are intending to ‘elaborate’ on as mentioned we had a pretty crappy weekend with all the crowds, though when you actually tally the hook ups I think it was around the 15-20 mark- though it was probably my most unsuccessful visit to the river for several years!!”
Another typical example was the old bloke who was photo’d transporting his trout on the bike stand. He reported that he started out in the Stag Pool alone but did not get a touch. So he changed to a heavier bomb just as two other anglers arrived with dangerous deadly two handed rods so he sought safety in another stretch of un-named water nearby (he was careful not to reveal exactly where ?) and hooked into the 3 pound plus Rainbow jack shown on the bike. He had to kill it to remove the hook and then went on to hook into eight more in the next hour without moving…
Four of these of a similar size and condition to that on the bike were released by him and four managed mid-stream releases. He returned to the same stone in the same run with the same gear on Thursday and lost one. That sums it up at the moment. Some are doing very well and others struggling to find them. The trick is to keep moving around until you find them.
My first afternoon on the river and although it was heavy drizzle it did not effect the fishing. I saw trout everywhere and jumping out of the water with mayfly about.
Here is a photo of a 3lb rainbow I caught on a fast run not far from the motel.
Early summer on the Tongariro?
Warning – full nudity, raw porn 100% pure naked nymphs (?) follow. If this might be offensive to anglers in natures pristine environment then stop scrolling now!…..
They should have been in church last Sunday. Paul Tudor – casting instructor – was trying to provide instructions on the Tongariro River on a beautiful fine day in chilly winter temperatures – see above – when his school suddenly got distracted… They had just sat down for a rest for a cup of tea (they thought those rings of stones at the edge of the river was to keep their beverage cold?)…
In the first photo (above), we are doing casting lessons in the Island Pool.
Don’t look at the guy on the left (dreadful cast), within half an hour he was the best of them all and was getting it out there into the lie.
As for the “intruders” in the Breakfast Pool, well, what can I say?
And I thought Turangi was a nice, sleepy town.
Who would have thought, a mid afternoon rise in early Spring?
PS – one of the emergers was very proud of his tackle and put on a show for us and the rest of the townspeople who gathered on True Left.
(SWMBO suggests they were just trying to demonstrate how warm it is in Turangi in the middle of winter? On the Tongariro always expect the unexpected…)