Continuing on from the reports (Thursday & Wednesday) of a typical bike ride recce to check out the pools around the Tongariro River Trail circuit, I did some spotting for another angler, Doug from Auckland, in the Cicada Pool. Then I continued the circuit up the eastern side of the Tongariro River to Red Hut.
The image on right is taken from the cliff above Duchess Pool.
Then I crossed Red Hut Bridge – no trout seen at all – and returned back towards Turangi on the old anglers access trail below the Trout Centre (instead of the Tongariro River Trail) for a better view into Cattle Rustlers below the trout hatchery stream – see image above.
Can you spot the Black Swan. There are also two families of Blue Ducks – Whio – one here and another in the run below the old Never-Fail Pool above Hydro Pool.
For anglers there was a small shoal located just off the beach where the old track to Cattle Rustlers Pool emerged towards the tail of the pool.
In the Stag Pool car park I came across Doug from the report yesterday with his dinner.
His dog was so proud at how he had guided Doug onto it.
Then the old anglers access track cuts through to Admirals Pool which is always worthwhile as a good barometer on how many trout are in the system. Recently it has been so full the trout are overflowing in the tail to the point where they were within reach of a cast off the gravel beach.
To summarise the Tongariro was low and clear and – apart from Red Hut – trout were seen waiting for anglers in every pool inspected. Mind you, if I got serious and went fishing, they would all be gone.