The rivers have had a real shake up, with plenty of rain in the hills. The cold weather has at times quietened down the chirping Cicadas but then as soon as the sun comes out and the temp increases off they chirp again!
This is a strange time of year for the rivers. The high water levels and colder mornings that we are having can empty out all the Taupo Tribs as the spawning fish prepare to run.
I went for a huge walk on the Waimarino yesterday, going at least 2km above the winter limit. I fished hard out for about 7 hours, (it took 1.45 hours to get home at a straight walk) and only caught two very small trout. I never saw ONE trout of any decent size all day. The only reason I fished so hard is because two days before hand Paul had a blast in the lower section hooking up on Cicadas and into very decent trout. I started low and just kept walking!! I kept thinking the bastard will be sitting down at smoko laughing with Chris saying “”I bet ya he’s up there now””! It was a nice walk and I have always wanted to get above the winter limit so all was good.
As I say flushed out!!!
One good thing however is that all the rivers I have fished over the past three weeks have all been in excellent condition with well formed pools. A lot of debris has been washed out into the lake, leaving the rivers ripe for the Winter spawning season. The quality of trout seems to have really improved as well, we are seeing fat well conditioned trout in the 4 pound range entering all the rivers. I for one am really excited about this winter.
Some of the more accessible back country rivers are getting a pounding now as well, the tracks are well worn and the trout if in there, are spooky as anything. My advice is to walk a fair way and then start fishing. Certainly try the best looking water but get some distance between the car park and were you really start to fish.
Be safe out there