We got the dumping from hell in the head waters and because of that all rivers rose. Now its not quite winter yet and so instead of fresh trout moving in because of these high water conditions, it can flush the rivers out a wee bit.
I have it on good advice that the Hinemaiaia, which had been producing the goods on dry fly, was empty Monday. It was also noted that the upper section was a snag nightmare!
Paul, Chris and I fished the Tongariro in the afternoon doing a good deal of the town pools. Awesome water this, a real delight to fish. We picked up seven fish between the three of us and didn’t see another fish caught! Our feeling was some of the trout may have been washed downstream. It will be interesting to see if the trout from the delta change in condition. For me the size 14 Quasimodo did the damage, for Chris it was a Dry Fly and for Paul the Butcher ,he took all three of his on a dirty great glowie!! It makes his day that he can pull fish at anytime of the year on these chunks of wool. For all of his hideous ways, he has one of the sweetest casts I have every seen, which means he can get to the trout!
The Tauranga Taupo should be an interesting river to have a poke at and that is the one for me next week. It rose to over 1.3 last week and that can move a fair amount of debris around, it is also just a brilliant river to walk up using the dry and dropper.
I think Ross is still upset about my on the fence reply, to his Tanty,over which fishery is best. So i’ll stir this one up a wee bit.
Ross you need to go further afield and look closely at the OVERALL picture. Yes we understand that the Tongariro and the Taupo fishery is a special place but honestly man I can think of a hundred other rivers and parts of New Zealand that are EQUALLY on a par with what we have here. You should take Boooooofyyyyyy and check them out. Let me know if you need a guide!