Lake Taupo Fishing Reports and Guiding For The 13/03/09

Shane French /

March 13, 2009

Hey All,

I’ve done a heap of fishing over the past few days and am happy to say all the rivers have good numbers of trout in them. We had a real cold spell this week and there is snow on all the major ranges and Mountains!!

Trout taking off the surface, Waitahanui River

Trout taking off the surface, Waitahanui River

I had a look at the lower Hinemaiaia the other day. The water actually looks not to bad, compared to last year! This has in the past been referred to as a early spawning river with good runs in April and May, however the last two seasons it has not fired well at all in these months. It will be interesting to see what the Hine puts on this year. I need to get my arse out into the rip as well, slack slack slack!

smashing food from the surface

smashing food from the surface

As I have mentioned before the Tauranga Taupo has heaps of small fish in there, but as I found out this week it also has some BIG fat rainbows there as well. Try up high on this river as well, it is open until June remember and the pools above Rangers are fantastic. Take plenty of water for that HUGE walk out!

First cast to a feeding Rainbow!

First cast to a feeding Rainbow!

I fished the Tongariro briefly on Monday but either there were no fish in the section I was on, or Andrew Christmas had been in there first.I believe it fished well Wednesday as the cold weather came in, and it was cold! For the last few years I have had a heap of fun Wet lining the lower reaches early in the season. Green Woolly Buggers or Red Rabbits are a good choice. I use a fast sinking tip that I attach onto my floating line. It works a treat and I can mend the floating line with ease getting a better drift down stream before it starts to swing. Your not standing on sinking line either!

Totara Bridge, Waitahanui River

Totara Bridge, Waitahanui River

I had a heap of fun on the Waitahanui yesterday afternoon. I fished a section that I don’t normally do, found some great new water, caught trout and generally had a blast. I took trout on dries and I took them on Glo Bugs. I saw one of the biggest Browns I have ever seen. I tried to take a picture but it didn’t work out. This beast would have gone 15 to 20 pounds and was well over a meter long. In the same pool there were two Rainbows of around 6 pound, the Jack being in Full Spawning regalia. I watched a trout rise to the surface in vicious swirls and porpoise dives as it took anything and everything off the surface. On my first cast with a big green stimulator pattern it pounced on it and went ballistic. This little Hen of three pounds gave me one of the best fights for ages. I had to use sideways pressure at least ten times as it tried to go under every bush in the area. It didn’t wast its strength in jumping but used the current against me and at one stage almost had me running downstream to keep up with it. I thought it might be fin or tail hooked, but when I did net it, the hook was firmly in its mouth. It was fat and healthy!

I attempted to take some photos of it feeding, before I ruined its day. They would have been awesome if I had the right camera or new what the hell I was doing.

Natures Harvest!

Natures Harvest!

Also the blackberries are out in full force. Yum Yum Yum, blackberry pie with ice cream and cream. Last week as I was walking back from the top of the Waimarino I came across a huge pile of these little black beauties. I stuffed myself silly for about half an hour solid. Two things to remember when eating wild blackberries. One: pick high as my Dad would say, you don’t know what or who might have peeeeeed on the lower ones. And Two: Don’t eat the ones with bird poo on them, Sparrows contain Salmonella and that is one bug you don’t need. so with that in mind my friends.

Tight lines for the weekend.

Regards Shane