We have had some brilliant weather over the past two weeks and due to this all the rivers are running at Summer levels. The one to be on is the Tongariro, it pretty much has fish all the way through it. Take plenty of options in your fly box as they can be a bit fussy.
It will be interesting to see what a little rain does for the Taupo rivers. In the mean time for all you rip fishermen, the smelt should be turning up right about now, so check out the lake edges and rips
The back country is proving a little challenging at times. Certainly the afternoon is the best time to be on the water, as it warms up. We have had one or two very cold mornings, with yesterday being -1. This really does nothing to promote the insect hatches.
Last week Alex and I had a look further afield from Taupo, with very mixed results. The river we ventured into certainly got smashed 20 odd months ago and has struggled to recover. The lower pools were lovely and deep, pretty much snag free too. However the middle section of this rather long river system have seen some huge shingle and papa slips go into it. The pools have been decimated and a shadow of their former glory, bloody shame! I’m not too sure how long it will take for these pools to deepen up again but it’s been a while since the 2010 flood and they are still not capable of holding fish. Even worse is there is apparently a small waterfall further up from where we stopped, that has the potential to halt fish trying to reach the uppers.