Bit of a mixed bag out there at the moment, and not all the rivers are fishing at their best either!
Mark Nola from Auckland fished the Tauranga Taupo over the weekend and reported that the Hens were nice and fat if not a little small but the Jacks were a little skinny. By the sounds of it the water level was reasonably high and angling pressure even higher.
I didn’t manage to get out over the weekend, (children sitting duties) but from what i have heard I didn’t miss much on the Waitahanui as it is proving to be very hard going. The Hinemaiaia fired Sunday however as the water level dropped to a reasonable level.
Ross from the TRM will tell you that the fishing on the Tongariro is red hot and that the trout are dragging the anglers in never to be seen again, however the truth is they are few and far between and what is there, is small!
Today I guided for a full day. We started on the Waitahanui but due to a lack of trout and HIGH angling pressure made the early call to head over the hill to the Hinemaiaia. This river has had a few changes over the past weeks with the huge volumes of water going through. We lost five sets of gear very quickly in water that should not have had snags. As I mentioned, it fished well on Sunday and apparently this morning there were good numbers of decent trout pulled out but take my advice if you are going to fish the lowers take plenty of flies with you, there are some nasty snags in there and some of the lies have changed. We picked up 1 small jack for our efforts.
From there we moved further South and managed to get onto a few down there. The fish are all the same, being around that 3 pound mark, nice fresh fish but not big by any standards. We did drop two good fish however they may have been 4.5 or around that mark.
I have these Kilwell Waterproof wading Jackets available through the web site. As I say fully water proof, very light and incredibly warm. They are only available in M and XL and can be bought for $95.00 plus postage.
I am out and about tomorrow as well so will report back then.
More rain forecast tomorrow!