Wow what a mental week!! Thank you to all who have taken me up on my guiding offer of $200 for a half day. My weekends are now booked out until the end of may, but I still have a few week days remaining. There is less angling pressure during the week as well!
So what is going on? Trout are moving through most of the rivers at a frantic pace. If you are not getting hook ups and you are there to take trout, move. Once again I have fished all the Taupo tribs and have found this to be the case on all the rivers. One of the rivers I fished, we immediately hooked up in the first pool we came to, (four Trout), but then on moving up from there, the river was barren. In this case the trout were in one small packed group!!
I found the Tongariro to be bloody hard and others I have talked to have agreed. This can change in a heart beat however and with the cold snowy weather we are receiving, I believe this river will fish well. It’s up to the trout however! I did a massive reece on the Tongariro last week and found some AMAZING water that I have been over looking. I took a client back there the next day and we hooked up on the second cast. I love finding new water! Surprise surprise but the Green Cadis did well on the Tongariro. Steve from Creel, let it slip. You want to see their range of Green Cadis as well in this very well stocked shop!
The Hinemaiaia closes above the bridge soon, (sob sob) so if you want to take advantage of this beautiful little river you will need to “hist arse”. Little flash Back PT’s in here guys when the water is low, and champ Red Dot Glowies when the water is up. Adjust your weight on this river. I came across the most awe inspiring piece of wet line water I have ever seen on the Hine, two days ago. It BEGS to have a Green, or Orange Rabbit retrieved back up through it. I am always being asked by clients what I look for in good water. The fact is good water is everywhere you just need to learn what to look for. After Trout fishing for well over 30 years it comes naturally to me, however the foundations were set in Wet Lining! Looking down stream into a run or a pool defiantly gives you an idea of where the trout will lie and smaller Rivers like the Hine and the Waitahanui are the best to learn on. If you are interested in trying this technique and adding a string to your Bow, then get in contact with me, it may help you in identifying high probability water.
The Waitahanui was the river to be on last week. The quality of trout coming out of the good old Nui was phenomenal, almost like the good old days. When you lifted your rod tip on one of these beauties the silver flash you got was awesome!!!!!! Then the weight came on and the smile got bigger. The only thing to complain about was they moved through FAST. Damn Fast!! I fished the Nui yesterday in the middle and lower sections and it was fairly empty. I did spy a Jack of about eight pounds in a small piece of water not normally fished by anyone. The drift was horrible and relatively fast but it looked good and there was a quiet little piece of back water that he was sitting in. I crossed the river downstream and snuck up on the true right. My rig was a Red bodied Smoots Bloody Marie as dropper and a Champ Orange dot glowie as point. Due to the river flow I needed to be a bit brutal with the split shot as well, (smile goes out to all I have guided). This is where the SAS 8# comes into its own. It pulled this rig out of the water with ease and accuracy was pin point. I love my SAS!!! Anyway, after seven or eight good drifts I edged my way up the run, until I was almost on top of the good water. This is where I changed tactics and Czech nymphed it. I have been practising this whicked little method for some time now and in water like I was about to fish, it is perfect and deadly. On my second drift through I felt the hesitation I was feeling for and struck. I wasn’t really expecting to hook up and so got the surprise of my lifetime, (well not really, but you know what I mean) when a VERY good trout boiled to the surface. I mostly got a glimpse of the tail section and that was huge!! It was a fairly short fight as it then tore off downstream and around the corner, tearing my line through the overhanging blackberries and bush, hell I didn’t even have time to move!!! The line pinged back at me as the hook pulled, but thankfully the blackberries caught it before it could fall nicley into the water, I spent the next 15 minutes retrieving my main line from blackberries it deep fast water!!!!!!! It did make me smile however as I love getting beaten up by Trout, like that. It is a bit different when you have had them on for a while and then lose them, yes I’m still not over it!! So the moral of this story is this. Just because you haven’t pulled a trout using one method or from standing in one possition doesn’t mean there are no trout there or that they are not taking. It may be that you just need to change something you are doing. In this case it was changing styles completely. Give me a yell if you ever want to try Czech Nymphing, it’s defiantly worth the effort of learning.
We have intermitent rain all week and into the weekend, apparently with some wind as well. What a great start to the winter season we are having.