Man what a mixed bag this week on all the Taupo Rivers. It has either been hard work or hard work with the odd trout!!
The pick of the rivers for number of trout would have to be the Hinemaiaia, although the average size is well down from previous years. A heap of small trout in the two to three pound range are in there at the moment taking Glowies and flash backs. It will be interesting to see what this river produces over the winter period.
I guided on the Waitahanui a few times this week and found it very hard going for most of it, that is until today. I was on there nice and early with James and Mat from Auckland and we had a hook up on the second drift, landing a very good 4 pound Jack. Further up the river we plucked one of the nicest hens I have ever seen from a secret little piece of water hard to fish. This was a GOOD five pounds of muscle and aggression, walking us a good 50 meters downstream. We had two other hook ups as well. This is the river to be on if you want those big eating trout. They make the Tongariro trout look like smelt!!!
Speaking of the Tongariro, I guided there on Saturday and got cold wet and skunked!!! We were the first through Stag and also wet lined the bottom section below Bain, all for one strike. No other fisherman were seen on the water apart from AC’s truck at the bridge pool, but then he lives there now!!
This is just the start of the season guys and if you strike it right be happy, if you don’t then hopefully next time you will, don’t be dishartened as all the signs are there for an excellent season.
Thursday saw me on the Horomanga over by Lake Aniwhenua. OMG what a cold start to the morning, being -5 at 6.30am. This is a tiny little stream with a huge reputation. I fished the middle and upper section but due to the very low water conditions there had not been a spawning run go through from Lake Aniwhenua. I managed to pull six trout out all around the three pound mark but they had been in there for some time. I did get bashed by something huge that hurt my wrist on the strike and then straightened my hook while trying to stop it running into a snag. I will be back there soon for a re bout.
We have snow everywhere at the moment and some strong winds forecast tomorrow with a little more rain. There are trout in all the rivers, (except the Tongariro) so get here if you can.