My apologies to all you junkies out there that crave the fishing reports I provide, this is a tricky little period of life at the moment, things are certainly on the improve but still a bit tricky.
Thank you to all the friendly comments I have received, (and phone calls), about the situation on the Waitahanui river. If you want to catch up with what happened, go to my Taupo fishing face book page and get yourself up to speed. It was a fairly vicious lesson in cultural politics. What cracked me up was that just after I posted my video and the comments that followed about “letting the locals take a feed and what harm can that do”, DOC arrested someone for netting. My argument was that yes taking one or two trout isn’t going to harm the fishery as we all do it but taking them illegally leads to the mind set that “Hey I got away with it this time, why don’t I use a net next time”, and believe me that wrecks havoc!! Pretty disappointed with one person in particular that I ended up banning from my page, he should have known better but obviously has an agenda to his own cause, aye Bro!!!!
Anyway I have spies everywhere now so I can still let you know what goes on within the crystal clear water of the Waitahanui. There are still a few decent trout coming out of the Waitahanui but at this stage of the season like many of the Taupo rivers there are lots of spent trout. This is certainly the time the Red Bead Reaper comes into play. be weary on the Waitahanui for a wee while guys, apparently it was a tinder box before my episode. It will settle down again though as it always does.
So I guided a few times last week and the week before. I took a few people into the good old Hinemaiaia. The river level was low and the trout super spooky. Lots and lots of older trout in there. yes we had some good fishing all on the Red Bead Reaper. This Nymph will work for a few more weeks but then as things warm up more natural looking Nymphs, (well for summer anyway) will come into their own. The pressure has dropped considerably on the Hine, for now but will pick up for a short time from the 1st of December. I still don’t believe this small trib can take the pressure it has sustained for too much longer, that feeling is shared by many who have fished it over the years.
The Tauranga Taupo is full of Trout but being low and clear and having the heat it has received by anglers for most of the season the trout are super spooky and I mean SUPER spooky! I would be using a long tapered leader of Fluro in here with a very small dropper and a Dry Fly, stealth stealth stealth and if you can’t do that you wont hook up. We are meant to get a wee bit of rain from Tomorrow, (Wednesday) through till Friday and if the level comes up and the river colours a wee bit, it might come on the bite and get a fresh run go through.
The Tongariro is almost at its best right now according to many reports coming in. There seems to be plenty of trout right throughout the system. The Red Bead should have worked in here but someone who dropped trout off to be smoked said the Hair and Copper did the job for him all week he was here from Aussie, go figure. I guess one of the things there is that when a Nymph starts to work you don’t go back to anything else and so that Nymph always works :). Anyway there seem to be some nice 5 pound Trout coming out. Ross will be getting so excited and telling huge lies! By the way mentioning his name. If you want the latest on the bull shit trout farming fiasco go to his page at Tongariro River Motel, (TRM) and have a catch up. He has the best page in Taupo for whats going on about the Mighty Tongariro River and Turangi in general, he is not afraid to tell it like it is.
So as I have said many times before at this time of the year my attention is turned to the back country. Summer for guides is super busy as the tourists start turning up. Apparently this season is going to be tremendous. What wonderful news as all that coin in the district will go to everyone. This is the first season for many years that I will be guiding full time. I have always kept my hand in and over the past few years have sorted out well over twenty new streams and put new beats in, on old ones. I consider that I probably have more water available to myself than most other guides out there. This is not a boast, just fact, I have worked very hard and endured a bit of grieve whilst doing it, so that when the day came, (and its here) I would have plenty of options for you my clients. So why do I need lots of options, ok here are two examples.
The weather late last week was pretty mixed, showers accompanied by gusty South Westerly winds rising to Gale force, yuck! I sussed it out on met service and noticed that one part of the country was going to be drier than the rest and actually had been dry for most of the week. That meant river levels would be lower, all I needed to do was find a stream pointing away from the wind. I had one in mind and although I had not fished the top section I new it was deep in a gully system and I had just been given permission to get in there. So I packed up and headed over there. The water whilst being a bit silt laden, (apparently always is) was magical to fish. Every pool looked like it should have had trout in it. From all the debris packed high on the banks it looked like it had really been turned over during winter, so I was not surprised many of the pools were empty. I did manage to pull two from upstream but I walked a fair way. The day was hot 27 deg and not one breath of wind for the most part. It was a good choice to get in there. From where I got in I decided to then go down stream, again the pools were to die for except this time I managed two in very quick succession, this time they were healthy hard fighting silver rainbows. I am going to come back into this section within a month with a dry fly and dropper set up and have a better explore down stream.
Yesterday, (Sunday) was a shocker for Taupo and probably the west coast area. The wind was not only strong but it was drizzly and cold. I took a good friend into a very sneaky piece of water away from all of this weather and between the two of us we hooked and landed over twenty trout. These were all around the 4 pound mark, all on a Dry Fly Dropper rig, with two even taking the Dry. For anyone who has not used this style of trout fishing, you are missing out on the best form that Fly Fishing has to offer, no weight to cast and all visuals as the trout move over to engulf the Dropper or even rise up in the water column to sip in the Dry, right in front of your face. Go to my U Tube Channel RiverGod21 and see for yourself!! The Nymph of choice for the dropper is now called Blue Death. last year it took so many trout it was not funny, It seems it doesn’t need to have Wings on this little beast to take Trout, so I can drop the cost down a little bit. If you are a dry Fly Fisherman and you don’t have this in your box you are missing out on one of the best (small) Nymphs or droppers out there, again not boasting just the truth,my time on the water, pictures and video’s support this.
My calendar is filling up and with the extra pressure the tourists are going to make soon, if you want to experience some of this magical fishing and water get in touch quickly.
Tight lines be safe.