The weather Gods have been throwing a Tantrum for some time now. It took forever for the Tauranga Taupo to come down from 2.8 and the Waitahanui is still flowing higher than it has for ages. The wind has howled as well making casting difficult at times. The trout continue to be fat, well fed fighters. Even the spent trout still have some zing in them. It has been a great season so far, I bet license sales will be up for DOC.
The Waitahanui River had a tournament on in the weekend, so the extra pressure might have made the trout a bit spooky. I believe some good fish were taken, especially on the first morning. I popped in there on Monday afternoon and saw plenty of fish but they were pretty spooky and didn’t really want a bar of me. I fished it the previous Tuesday when there was lots of colour in there and did ok with 5 fish hit. I fished the Rip the night before it all blew up and landed a stunning Hen of between 8 and 9 pounds. It must have had 4 pound of Roe in her. She swam away really strongly, I hope she got to do her thing as they would make big babies. So yeah, trout trickling through and some nice ones amongst them.
The Hine, or the river that never stops giving… Some good reports from here. I tried to fish it a few days after the rain but it was super high, running way to fast and it was colored up. I fished the rip before it all turned to rain and had a blast at night. Lots and lots of anglers.
I fished the Tauranga Taupo on Sunday with a good friend. We walked to the Wall then started fishing. We picked up and saw fish all the way up for another two bends. Then we meet the anglers that had come downstream from the Lodge. All good, we high tailed it back downstream and started fishing back from the Wall. We picked up trout all the way down. There is a lot of water to fish on the TT, it is in marvelous condition and very clean. The path is quite near the river at one point due to the high water and I am sure the Path Cutters will have to sort that one. Apart from that, the TT is in awesome fishable condition. I also had my License checked on Sunday while fishing the TT. Really pleasant guy, good to see some Uniforms walking the beat.
I drove past the Tongariro Bridge the other day and couldn’t drive slow enough to count the anglers in the bridge pool. Bloody hell, how do trout survive that! I haven’t fished the Tongariro this week but I bet it has loads of trout throughout its length. This has been a good year for the Tongariro with loads of happy anglers, may it stay like this for many years to come.
The lake is super high now and I am sure Mighty River Power have the gates open. June is normally a dry month for Taupo but we got smashed this year all the systems are full.
We have had some cold mornings, check out the Bridge railing picture below, Brrrrrrr