A few posts ago I had a wee moan about the size, condition and overall numbers of Trout in the Taupo rivers. I wasn’t too sure how that was going to go down and half expected to be bollocked by the public. As it turns out I received email after email backing my comments up and expressing how deflated many long term Taupo anglers were getting with the quality of trout being landed. I was amazed at one email stating how sick he was at a local web site claiming that anglers who were complaining about the quality were miss informed and or beginners. Hmmmmmm a rather harsh comment and in my opinion bloody stupid. Yes there are a few good fish in the 4.5 to 5.5 pound mark being taken and you certainly hear about them, but the OVERALL fishery is in some sort of trouble. DOCÂ would not go to all the trouble in organising a meeting, (11th September at the yacht club 5.30) to discuss this if there was not the need for it. If you are catching small or under conditioned fish you are not alone and should not feel it has anything to do with skill!! That is unless you are Ross, (hehe).
I guided Andrea and her husband Anthony this morning. In the four hours we were on the water we manged to pick up three fish, this fresh little Hen being the biggest. The other two were Jacks that had spawned out. Andrea had never picked up a fly rod before but manged the Water-Load and mending like a pro. Honestly I have never seen a beginner become so skilled so fast. Anthony was just as good and understood when to mend instead of JUST mending. I thoroughly enjoyed this guide and wish them all the best for their fishing future.
The Waitahanui after having a bashing has turned hard again this week, but the rip is fishing well.
The Hinemaiaia is flowing high and coloured again and was un fishable today.
The Waimarino was perfect in colour but seemed a little empty in the section we fished, they might have been further up.
Apparently the Tongariro is full of twenty pound fish just waiting to tow you out to the Delta!
The TT had a few cars in the car park but the water would have been high. Man this river has been more un fishable than any other around.