Shane French /

April 1, 2009

Hey All,

There ya are Steve no face shot of me. Just for u

There ya are Steve no face shot of me. Just for u

The fishing is excellent at the moment in Taupo. The Rips are producing some great trout as the early runners enter the systems. I haven’t heard anything from the Tauranga Taupo rip as yet but I bet they are holding off there waiting for a little rain! Lumo woolly buggers can be lethal here. Apparently some good fish have been landed at the Waitahanui Rip.

I passed over the Hinemaiaia yesterday and got all twitchy, it looked good and those trout must be thinking about moving. This river generally kicks off its season with a few cold morning frosts, so keep an eye out for those. I need to do the section up from the bridge next week and suss out the snags. I’ll take all my horrible flies with me as I am sure to loose a few.

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The Waitahanui has some good trout in there with a few around the five pound mark being pulled out. I love guiding on this river and I still believe it holds the best and biggest Trout in the Taupo rivers. Glo Bugs here guys especially first thing in the morning. If it is sunny in the afternoon then flash backs are a good choice.

Looking up into Shag Pool

Looking up into Shag Pool

I had a great day on the Tongariro yesterday. I fished down from Red Hut on the True Left then crossed over at the tail of the Shag pool and fished up to beneath the bridge. I always pull a trout from here now, long leader and three flies. dropper is a Prince nymph, middle is a Quassi and the tail is generally a caddis of some type. You have to read the drift and adjust with mending but it is a heap of fun and there are always trout there.

Needed my net boy with me for this one Craig!!

Needed my net boy with me for this one Craig!!

From the bridge I went downstream on the true right to Cattle Rustlers, this is a big walk and there is a set of steps that almost never ended!! I fished around this section but there were a few anglers here and so bolted back up stream, went past the bridge and on towards Boulder Reach. I missed out in this pool but then pulled this 6.5 pound Jack out of the Cliff Pool. I dropped a monster something in Big bend that almost broke my wrist on the strike. Big Splash on the water and the hook pulled!! By that time it was get home fast or be beaten, so I high tailed it back. Great day, plenty of trout, very few anglers and some beautiful water fished.

If you are ever in the need for fishing gear and are in Turangi Check this small add out.

This is what you are looking for in a fishing shop!

It has everything you could want!!

It has everything you could want!!

If you are ever in Turangi then check these guys out. Creel Tackle House is situated on Taupehi Rd, (just down from the Major Jones Pool). If I ever need anything to do with trout fishing this is the place I go in Turangi. Brian and Steve give good advice regarding the river and where the Trout may be. They also have a huge selection of flies, glo bugs, nymphs, leader materials and pretty much everything else you could want in a Tackle shop. It has a brilliant atmosphere in there as well, the shop has character and feels”” fishy””. Steve ties a mean glo bug and I used these all last season to great effect. At this time of year the Heave and Leaves are starting to work their magic and Creels are the best I have ever seen. Good colours nice and compact and boy do they catch Trout!!They also hire out fishing gear and they are even open at 7.30am on the weekends, (what service!!)No problems with parking either. Their special bin is always worth a look as well!!

Regards Shane