His total landed was around thirty but it was the good condition of the trout that was so noticeable.
He deserved his success on his overall catch rate as he moved around so much. It was difficult to suggest which was the best pool each day as he covered several each trip, but he did keep mumbling about the ones that got away in the Raglan Riffles?.
Regular Tongariro anglers might be able to identify them from the signs?
I think that was his secret – to keep on moving. If he did not get any takes he just kept moving until he did.
The overall good condition of the trout is a good indicator for this time of the year in late spring.
His catch was split about 50/50 between fresh run and trout that had already spawned. Needless to say, he was stoked.
So thanks Paul – we hope you enjoy his images of the local signage…
Also during the last few days with the warmer temperatures some inmates have been having good success with the evening rise – just before and after sunset. Sometimes a small #14 dry (Parachute Adams?) worked. Other times it needed a dry and dropper rig.
Whatever, the anglers were amazed when some of the pools boiled with furious activity.
TRM anglers usually go to the nearest pool – at the tail of the Island Pool or Doctors Pool within easy walking distance off the end of Te Aho Street opposite the motel.
Make sure you always take a wading pole or headlight for walking back across the bypass in the dark.