Where have all the trout gone!!
Not the best way to start a report but thats the truth! We need rain for the rivers again and hopefully this weekend will bring some, but in general where are the trout????
This year for me has been the grimmest, trout hooked wise. I believe that the runs made up so far this season have been much smaller than in previous years. The trout are in better condition because they are eating more, probably because there is less of them to compete for food. I was all for a “”cull”” last season but now I am concerned their numbers are too low.
We need to see a shit load of trout go through the Taupo Rivers over the next two months to make up for what has been a very poor season, catch wise . I don’t believe DOC could have done anything to change what is going on in our fishery at the moment. The whole Catalyst to this was the lake not turning over four years ago. That single event blew the food chain out from the beginning. I feel there has probably been a high mortality rate of Trout over the fishery and that is why we are seeing smaller numbers in the running trout.
When the conditions are right for the trout to enter ,then yes we are seeing some very good fishing but it is only lasting a short time and the trout are moving through at a rate of knots. Because these runs are not as big as previous years there are fewer trout left behind in the middle and upper pools for anglers to have a poke at.
I fished the Tauranga Taupo yesterday. The plan was to fish up to Rangers, I have not been up there for about 18 months and so was looking forward to the day. When I arrived at the car park there were two other vehicles already there. I hiked it to the second bend below the rock wall and then very carefully Nymphed my way upstream. I was using my 5# AXIOM, small sliding indicator and a tapered fluro leader. I rigged up with a #12 Red Bloody Marie as dropper, then a Quasi in size 14 and a #14 Mighty Mite. I added split shot to this rig or removed the shot, pool by pool. I lengthened my leader and shortened it when necessary, although with the sliding indicator, all you do is slide it down and your leader automatically acts shorter! I changed nymphs I used glow bugs and I certainly fished all the water I could. I fished all the way to Rangers and walked the dog back down in my favorite water.
I Got Skunked, not even a single take!! I did enjoy the scenery though. How the hell can you fish the TT all that way in the middle of August and get Skunked. As I say, we need trout in the rivers.
Make the most of the conditions guys!