What a great couple of days on the water I have had, starting from Friday! All the rivers have dropped in volume now but there is a heap of trout in them and all you have to do is change your style a little and you will pick them up. Instead of taking out the 8# SAS I fished with either my 6 or 5# with one of my sliding indicators and wham I was into trout, on all the rivers. You still needed to get down to them but that just means getting a good drift going. I swapped over to 6 pound Fluro in the weekend for the last meter of leader and I am positive this made a difference.
The Waitahanui had good numbers of trout in it for most of last week and then by Saturday they had all disappeared. Some of these trout were exceptional fish as well, according to my source. Ross better prey that one of his team members manages to catch a big ugly Brown! There was a heap of pressure on the Nui over the weekend and that is probably why the trout have disappeared.
I have been pulling reasonable trout out of the Hinemaiaia every time I go there but it defiantly fishes best when the water volume is up. I was on there early yesterday morning with a client and bloody hell was it cold!!!! At one stage I thought it was going to snow. The temp dropped from 4 deg at the top of Hatepe hill to -2 at the bottom, and there was a breeze coming down the valley.
Most found fishing hard on the Tauranga Taupo over the weekend as the water dropped away and the angling pressure increased for those two days. I did really well with the green Mighty Mite from Feather Merchants. Nate had mentioned to me last year at about this time that he had nailed them with this fly so I took some along. Wow, they didn’t actually want anything else!! As I say I was using the Axiom by Temple Fork and had a blast, it was nice not having to biff heavy bombs. I love this river, if you just relax and let everyone else speed past you, making sure to fish ALL the water then you will pick trout up.
The Waimarino is low clear and the trout are super spooky.
I even had a play in the Waiotaka and man is there some beautiful little pockets in there. Warning though take plenty of Nymphs with you!
I fished the Tonagriro hard on Saturday starting at the Major Jones and walking upstream to Red Hut. There are plenty of Trout in here but the condition is down on some of the other rivers. The fact that it has more trout than most probably means you are going to pick up more uglies, as there are some nice looking Rainbows in there. I hooked a BIG Brown just up from the Swing Bridge and got totally smashed by this beast. I found anything with purple in it did the trick!! Great water on the Tonagriro, I really love fishing those deep pools. I thought I would be clever and fish the true left of the Poutu pool as the last pool of the day, only to find three anglers on that side and another two on the true right, hate that.
So guys, plenty of trout about, fish smart and you will pick them up, change leader length and weight when required and make sure you fish all the available water by any means possible. Make those first few casts count as well!.