Pretty much a mixed bag out there at the moment. The rain we got didn’t push too many trout into the rivers, as many of the river mouths did not have trout milling around in the first place. The Delta was empty last week according to someone I spoke to on the Tongariro last week. I spoke to a gentleman today who said the same about the Tauranga Taupo and I know from personal experience that the Hinemaiaia and Waitahanui rips were bloody quiet too. Man did I get wet one night there, for nothing, not even one touch.
I guess it just means they have to build up again from the deep water and want to run. The trout I am hooking into are beasts and will bust many anglers off this year, they are strong. The season is still very early!
I managed to get a few on the Tongariro Tuesday, but really had to move around to find them. I fished a lot of water for 6 trout. Both Glo Bugs and Naturals took fish for me on Tuesday. This would be the river to be on in my opinion.
I fished part of the TT this morning. I fished water that looked so good it was not possible to be empty… Not a touch in two hours!!! If they moved into the river Thursday with the increase in river flow, then they must have moved through dam fast.
I fished the Hinemaiaia Thursday amid torrential rain. Although I picked up several smaller and older trout, I found the Hine hard going. Just as I was going to give up I found Paul. He had been having a blast. It didn’t help fishing up behind him, as he can fish. I know the Hine has trout in there as the top picture was taken Tuesday afternoon. This beautiful 5.5 pound Hen gave me a fight I will long remember. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE watch the spawning beds. They are lighter colour pebbles and are generally in a small depression. These are starting to show up and they are our future fish.
The runs into the Waitahanui have petted right off. There were some amazing fish that went through this great river a few weeks ago. That was a fantastic start for the Nui. As I say the Rip is slow. It will be interesting to see what happens in the Waitahanui this year.
Tight lines to all, (except Paul).