God what a terrible couple of days on the rivers!
I guided for a full day yesterday, trying the Tauranga Taupo, a small flick in the Hine and then a small stint on the Waitahanui. We only managed two fish all day, I hate that.
The Tauranga Taupo looked fabulous and we were the first car in the park at 7.30 am. The River seemed devoid of trout all the way through and in the end we decided to call it a day and try another system about two bends down from the cliff pool. My feeling was if there were trout in there then they might have been up higher but then it is a long walk back, especially if there was nothing up there! The two Trout we did land were in about the 3 pound range and not bad trout. I have mentioned in my reports about the floods down this river over the season and I was amazed at these two HUGE blocks of rock in the middle of the river. I have no idea where they came from and we stopped about here but man it must have been some flood to have brought these two beasts down!!
We had one definate strike in the Hine by the bridge.
The Waitahanui upper pools were next on the list but we didn’t have any luck there either. It was a hard day!
I spoke to two guides yesterday and both of them suffered the same fate, sometimes the trout win and it looks like this was my time to be on the receiving end of things. I’ll go back in there tomorrow with Dynamite and sort them out.
Now here is a cool gadget.Â On the forum one of the members asked what was the alternative to felt soled boots. There have been some excellent replies and you might want to check them out. Yesterday Dan from America had these little beauties for his aqua stealth boots, they are actually for the snow and ice but he wears them for the rivers in America and says they are AWESOME. They have the same principle as chains for care tyres!!!!