I started in the cliff pool of the Waitahanui where I had a strike but missed. From there I shot up to Totara and again did not hook up. I spoke to Luke the young angler that spends a bit of time on the Waitahanui. He had just been smoked by a large Brown in a lower pool. He told me that yesterday was good on the Nui and the fish were in good condition. He disappeared up to pig and dropped in just below him, picking up a very nice Hen on my first cast.
I spent a lot of time on the straight and just below as the water there looked yummy! The other anglers on the water didn’t look like they were having much success and so I decided to go back and flog the bridge pool, On my twentieth or so cast I hooked this very good Hen and managed after a hell of a fight to net it. Next cast I dropped the Jack that although was a little coloured was a brute! I manged to pull out another Hen a few casts later. All these fish were about 3.5 pounds but in very good condition.
From there I drove down to the Tauranaga Taupo and dropped in just above the bridge. The TT is in fantastic nick at the moment, all the pools look great and those little riffles are Soooooooooo tempting! What I love about the lower section on this river is that the angling pressure is normally low. I never saw another angler on here.
I used Champagne Red Dot Glo Bugs all afternoon and picked up about nine fish in total, not one of them was in bad shape. That seems to be the way of things in the Taupo fishery at the moment. You get a badrun of fish comming through that are skinny and short and then you get a good run of fatties. Bring on the Fatties!!!!