Wow the end of August is here already, that means we are coming to the end of the 2015 winter season. However in so saying the rivers are full of Trout and I am sure there are still more to come in. We are now only 1 month away from the Back Country rivers opening up, I’m getting pretty excited about this. Last season I did very little or no guiding at all on the back country stuff so I am really looking forward to nailing a few of those super stroppy trout with clients old and new. I will soon be throwing away the old 8# for a 5 or 6# and using very light Nymphs and small indicators. Fishing the back country water is so much different than the Taupo tribs. The Trout hold in different water and you just never know when that really big fish will show up. I found a heap of new water last year and am pretty keen to get back onto it. In the mean time here is what is going down on the Taupo rivers.
The Waitahanui has good numbers of Trout in there at the moment. Some of those Browns are getting a bit old but in the same breath they are starting to feed quite ferociously. There are a few kelts turning up with the Rainbows, as the season draws to an end and these spawned out trout move down from the upper reaches. Try and be careful when you release these back into the river as they will come back next season even bigger than they were.
The Hinemaiaia is still fishing well. There are plenty of older fish coming out of this stream now as well as the rip.
I guided on the Tauranga Taupo yesterday and had a great half day. We got in there early and even then there were three cars already there. We walked up to the rock wall and started from there. We only moved one bend further and really hooked up on some trout. All taking the Glo Bug. Then the anglers started to appear out of the wood work. We dropped back down but anglers were everywhere. It is at this stage that my guiding skills came into action. I had previously fished a few small pieces of pocked water and we hit these. Other anglers had walked right passed them not giving them a second look. We hooked up into 4, just in one of these small spots. We then did a crossing that I knew we could do, even if it did look deep. No one had done this crossing for that very reason and when we got to the other side we had a whole bend to ourselves and it had plenty of trout. It was a great morning!
I haven’t fished the Tongariro this week but I am sure it is full of trout. I had a few reports come in from this river last week and everyone had hooked up. The trout were somewhat smaller than previous months but that can change in a heart beat. One of my clients who purchased a bunch of the 4.5 ml Big Boys Bombs raved about them. He said they got down everywhere he fished them and the best thing was they were easy to pluck out of the water due to their design. He did really well.