Just a quick update here…..
Lesley managed to contract swine flu early last week and has been very sick with it ever since. I came down with the symtoms Tuesday and although my doctor put me on Tamiflu tablets straight away I still feel like a small car has run over me, stopped and reversed back!!!! Wow this SOB of a bug packs a punch.
Because of this I have not been at work all week and so have NO idea how the rivers are going. I could copy TRM’s report or state what AC has been up to, but then we all know they are full of it!
However, it is a fair bet to say this.
The Tauranga Taupo has dropped to a very fishy level and there should have been a push of freshies through there. The upper reaches will be holding trout anyway if you want to have a wee walk. I did well up there this time last year with #16 Quassies, you should have these on you. Same with the #16 smoots bloody marie.
This time of the year on the Tongariro, (upper pools) I have always done very well with #16 red copper johns. I had a blast in here with a client last year from Red Hut down to Shag, hooking up 12 for an hours fishing. No need to get up early if 1) you place your Nymphs in the right place and 2) if you have the right nymph on to start with. Have plenty of options in your fly box and play with weight, leader length and drifting position. By drifting position, I mean where you are standing in relation to where you think the trout may be holding. An example of this would be to explain how I fish Red Hut.
I always start at the tail of this pool and using a 10 foot leader with a medium amount of weight fish the shallow water on the true right. I am casting well up into the pool and just letting it drift down onto me, taking up the slack line. First thing in the morning I generally pull a trout from here. Once I have covered all the shallower water, I add length and weight to my leader and start putting in some big mends through the deeper water. By getting your fly line up above the indicator there is very little drag on the Nymphs and they can sink through the water faster, getting down to where the trout are lying. By this stage I am standing around the middle of the pool, (under the bridge) and let my drift go all the way back downstream. At no stage do I let my floating line go forward of the indicator. Two things here, 1) you need a very good indicator to hold this type of rig up, 2) the last 6 feet of leader should be Fluro! As I move further up the pool I add more weight, making sure I get down. By the time I am at the head of the pool I am effectively down stream Nymphing, letting my drift travel down to the bottom of the pool in the deep water. If your indicator does go under a GOOD hard strike is needed to take up slack line and set the hook. By changing my possition and mending technique through the pool I can generally pull trout in different possitions within Red Hut.
I have guided so many novice anglers who put through a few decent drifts in the easy water, then try and move up through the pool. If you want to take trout consistently, then you must learn to fish all types of water within the pool. The trout don’t just disappear during the day when anglers are on the water, they just move into positions that require skill for fisherman to get to them. This is why most trout are taken first thing in the morning and as the water gets flogged during the day things get harder.
The Waitahanui has had a decent westerly going into it for a few days now and I would love to have a fish in here now. I bet the upper pools have some nice trout in there.
Can’t wait to get out and have a flick but for now I need to rest up.