First up guys, as you will know there has been a terrible earthquake in Haiti. The devastation is beyond believe and they need as much help as they can. I would like to help and so would like to offer this. I will guide, up to three anglers for a full day, $600 and the proceeds will be given to the appeal. If you can help me out here it would be much appreciated. It will be a full guide with all the trimmings. We need to act on this quickly though. All I can think of is the children, some of the pictures are heart breaking.
I have been having some fantastic trout fishing both on the local rivers and the back country scene. The weather has been a bit of a let down over the past few weeks, being cold and bloody windy!
For me the Tongariro has been a little gem of a river over this period, (apart from the wind). There are a heap of fresh rainbows in there that would leave for dead, any of the winter run trout. These are fat, silver and red fleshed. They are also taking off the surface for those of you who enjoy this type of fishing. Being as clear as the Tongariro is, sight fishing for these little silver beauties is easy and awesome fun. Today I got onto a group of Rainbows and Browns sitting in some shallow water, they weren’t rising on the surface but it didn’t stop me from whacking on a nice big Blue Humpy. It ended up being a good choice as we hooked up into two very good Browns just over 5 pound and also one of the best conditioned rainbows I have seen in MANY years. I had the river all to myself as well!!
No idea on the TT, I should go for a walk but am having way to much fun everywhere else.
The Hinemaiaia as I have mentioned before has some nice fat silver trout in there at the moment and the rip should be starting to fire for the Brown Trout that come into the lower reaches to spawn. Again this is great water to throw a dry and dropper. Very little pressure in the upper pools as well.
The Waitahanui has some good rainbows in the lower and middle reaches. This certainly gets NO pressure from anglers, although the poachers are having a ball on here at the moment, (more on this in a minute). Again this river is great just to walk and stalk. I had a good morning on here early in the week with a nymph set up, fishing the deeper holes blind and looking at the tail of the runs. Anything flashy gets them on this river. Actually to be honest anything flashy gets them on all the rivers. The rip has started to fire here, (when the wind has allowed) and some good Browns have been taken. by the end of January this type of fishing will be in full swing and should go through well into March. I went for a swim the other day down by the Nui mouth and it was fairly thick with smelt, (in places), great to see.
In one of my previous reports I mentioned that the Waitahanui was being poached by idiots, swimming down and grabbing the Browns from under the banks or using spears. I got in touch with DOC over this and almost ended up in an argument over their response, which in my opinion was POOR. Now apparently these guys monitor the reports from various sources and so I am sure this will get back to them. Oh well maybe if they listened to the guys who are out there doing it, they wouldn’t be in the situation they are. Licence sales for the Taupo region are WAY down, (and I mean WAY down). Now from what I have seen on the rivers over Winter, during the top months, there is NO shortage of anglers on the rivers, (all the rivers), in fact I believe last year the angling pressure was right up there. So why are licence sales down? That DOC, is because you aren’t out there checking licences. In my 36 years fishing this area, I have been checked THREE times!!!!!! So why the hell should I buy a licence when I know there is very little chance of being checked, and if I fish the Waitahanui there is NO chance of being checked! This is now the attitude of many anglers. This is a vicious cycle, because the licence sales are down DOC are having to cut back on staff, of course the first to go are the ground crew, the foot soldiers, the ones that check you are licenced. I asked about honorary rangers and the person I was speaking to FREAKED out at that thought, hell no!! To much bureaucratic red tape attached to that issue. What a shame as I would be more than happy to ask, (politely) if the locals and anyone else with a rod in their hand, had a current licence. apparently it is not an option! Common DOC, be proactive about this and maybe you will see licence sales up again. On a more positive note regarding this. A phone call was made to DOC regarding the poaching going on in the Nui and some arrests have been made. If you suspect someone doing something illegal, then use the number on the licence you carry, (hopefully) and DOC will turn up, that I will give them.
Another issue dear to my heart Didymo. I was on the water today with an angler who had just come from the South island in a camper van. He had been fishing a heap of water in the South Island, knew nothing of the Didymo threat and wasn’t checked at the crossing. BLOODY HELL!!! I’ll let you think this over, but for goodness sake.
Take care out there and buy a licence please, although I know all the Taupo Fishing readers will be doing this.