Over the past three days I have only fished in the late evening. This is a time of the day I don’t get to spend a lot of time on the water and so haven’t had the pleasure of seeing this side of the change of light.
The Waitahanui is in fantastic condition, there is very good volume in there at present and all the pools are deep with the runs and lies easily detected. I noted tonight how much insect life was around and the odd fish, took off the surface. Last year I had a blast fishing the evening rise on the Waitahanui and took some very nice 3 to 4 pound fish on a dry and dropper.
Stalking the water on the Waitahanui can be a heap of fun and a good way to practice casting and relax at the same time. I use one of my Little Black Nymphs and a Red Bodied Smoots Bloody Marie. Once in the water I walk upstream casting everywhere, no piece of water is left un fished. You will catch fish, (if you can cast), if you can’t come and see me! I have been using the Temple Fork AXIOM. I matched this with a six weight line, small indicator and two size 14 tungsten bead heads. This beast throws them a mile. It took a wee while to find my rhythm with the AXIOM but I really enjoy it now. It picks the line off the water like a feather and so water loading is effortless. Excellent summer rod.
Last night I had the pleasure of watching Steve from Wellington fish the lower bridge pool. He has some secret bloody weapon and he soon had five fish hooked up and a few of those to the bank. There is a good late hatch happening on the Tongariro and Steve is making good use of it. I think he was swinging small nymphs on a floating line, but I can’t be sure on that. What I am sure about is the bloody rod we was biffing. The latest Sage TCX. He has this in both the 6 and 8 weights and these are just the ducks testicles. This rod will make you a better caster! Nice colour light as a feather but with SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO much power, good on ya Sage i’m a believer now. I want one but may have to wait a wee while on that. Anyway he caught more fish that I did and so i hate him.
Hey as a thought, with any luck all the bad weather we have had over the past winter will have washed a Tonne of crap into the lake and with all those extra nutriments we may get bigger smelt and bigger trout!!
Be safe out there.