I have been having a blast in the Waitahanui and the Hinemaiaia over the past few days. There are some very fresh rainbows in both these rivers and plenty of Browns to chuck small nymphs at, every so often these brutes of the fresh water take them!
I have been using a dry fly and a dropper for most of my fishing at the moment, unless the wind has come into play. A nice big Royal Wolf then a 1 meter length of 5 pound fluro behind that. Flask Back Pheasant Tails are working well on the rainbows.
I took my Dad into the Hinemaiaia on Friday and did a small beat that I have there. He had never used a dry fly before and struggled at first but then got into the rhythm of it and we started to pick up fish, both on the dry and the dropper. He was amazed at the speed of the take when Trout hit the Dry. It generally gets smashed within seconds of it hitting the water. On one of his not so great casts, he dropped his rod to the 6 o’clock position instead of the two o’clock and picked up a fish as his dry hit the water behind him. I don’t know who was more surprised him or the trout!
If you want a great days fishing both these rivers are an excellent choice and have very little angling pressure compared to the mighty Tongariro.
Take care out there