Following images indicate how the most popular Tongariro “Town Pools” survived the 700+ cumec flood reasonably well last weekend. Images taken on Monday when the Tongariro was still flowing at about 40 cumecs. Today’s pics of the town pools from Tongariro Bridge to Kamahi. Tomorrow we continue up-river to Red Hut Bridge.
Earlier on there were about ten anglers lined up in the most popular pool on the river.
It looks very peaceful now… On right is how it looked two days prior to the storm when the islands were submerged….
From the “before” and “after” the height of the flood flow can be easily compared by the gap below the bridge.
During the flood huge logs and debris stacked up against the bridge supports. These are now gone and turned into snags in the lower river.
During the flood all the bank pon the left of the image – TRB or True Right Bank in anglers jargon – disappeared completely. This flood should encourage some BIG brown trout to sulk around the bridge where there is heaps of cover. They usually only appear during the evening rise – about 9.30 pm.
Judges Pool TRB. The two anglers at the top of the pool are keen TRM inmates – Einar Unneland & Maria Hallingby from Norway. You should be able to spot the TRM hats… They were not successful at Judges – the rapid from the Doctors Pool above the pool appears to have changedand thrown up some large boulders so it may take some time to settle down again.
The stone marker which used to be a magnet for trout has gone and another popped up to replace it lower down closer to TLB.
The debris and tree trunks thrown up the banks is more evidence of how high and violent the flow was at over 700 cumecs. Anglers will need to be more aware of snags in new locations throughout all the town pools.
Tomorrow the images continue up above the town pools to Red Hut with some access tracks wiped out – don’t miss it…