What a great couple of weeks I have had on many rivers throughout Taupo and the Central Plateau. lets get into it.
I haven’t looked at the Waitahanui, i’ll sneak in there at some stage with camouflage on and stealthily sneak up avoiding rocks and poachers at some stage soon. I have had a few reports from this river, however like many of the other streams it has slowed down with fresh run trout going through but has plenty of older trout in there to make you happy. Good luck in there.
The Hinemaiaia still has plenty of fish within it. When the river level is up and they are releasing water from the dam, fresh trout are still running. The older trout that are in there, that have been super spooky with low water levels, come on the bite too. I had a great half day in there with a husband and wife team. They wanted to see the river and so we hopped in and walked it from the bridge to the second car park. Both hooked plenty of trout! The water level was great and the trout took freely, when we got onto them. It won’t be long before the dry’s come out on this river! The Red Bead Reaper took all the trout on the Hinemaiaia.
I had a fantastic late morning/afternoon on the Tauranga Taupo two Friday’s ago. As I passed The TT on the way to pick up my client in Turangi, I noticed there were no cars in the car park and this was at 10.45 am. The river was flowing at .5 as well due to rain from the previous night. I almost passed out with excitement when I returned 20 minutes later, to find the car park still empty :). We shot up to the Rock wall and started from there, pulling fresh run Bows all the way. What a great half day that was. We used Glo Bugs and they worked a treat. The Tauranga Taupo has had one of the best seasons I can recall since fishing it.
I had three beginner Aussies for two full days last week. Man they were great fun. I love it when my clients appreciate what we have to offer in new Zealand when it comes to water and scenery and these boys really took it in. We fished the Tongariro on Thursday as I had been informed the trout were still running on this fantastic piece of water. We did our training in the Major Jones due to it being nice and big and a Right hand water load. This is what I taught my boys to do at first and they took to it like ducks to water. Josh was the first to hook up and really enjoyed the fight he got from a 3 pound jack. These guys have done a heap of salt water fishing and so the fly reels were a challenge at first as they really wanted to hold onto that handle while the trout wanted to run, A Big No No! They got it together though and we had a blast, the Mighty Tongariro fired for us. This river has lots of nice trout in there and at one stage we had a triple hook up!!! All our Trout were taken on either the 3.8 Ml Reaper or the Red Bead Reaper. The R B Reaper really has done the trick in the Taupo rivers late in the season.
The back country scene has been somewhat up and down. Many of the east coast river had a pounding with high water levels and so I have turned my attention to the west of the North Island and fished some of those. Even still it is easy to see where the high water has left debris, high on the banks and many of the rivers have had some serious changes to their course. I have found that Black has been the best choice of Nymph at the moment. I always have on a 3.8 ml Tungsten Reaper for the dropper and this has been the Nymph that has taken trout when I have had Blue color as my dropper. So for now, (until things warm up), I am swapping out my point fly for the Winged Black Reaper and have found good success with this rig.
Some of the rivers I have fished have been very hard going trout wise. I believe the high water levels we received over winter have had an effect on the stocks, (Darren is freaking ATM). They will move back up as I have seen this before but sometimes you will have to move around the river system to find them. I fished a mighty piece of water yesterday and really struggled until I got onto them very high up. The river had obviously been smashed over winter and the fish moved about. The condition of the fish was ok, with plenty of 4 and 5 pounders coming to the net. However it was a long haul out and I had managed to send a Black Reaper straight into my back while performing a very difficult cast with the wind coming from behind me
I had decided to fish the last pool of the beat but the crossing had changed dramatically. Normally it was waist high at the deepest point, this time it was well over my head. I REALLY wanted to fish it so I took my back pack and vest off, stripped down to my shorts and boots then swam across to the other side. There was a high set of rocks to climb and look down upon this magnificent piece of water and it was from here I had to cast. It was a difficult back hand cast with scrub, rocks and native pretty damn close. I hooked a decent trout straight away but gave it a mid stream release. I then decided I needed to lengthen my leader as the trout I really wanted was deep. I had to swim back across the river to get my Fluro and clippers. yes the water was cold but the day was hot so all good. Unfortunately the trout spooked on my first cast which was a shocker. Lengthening out my leader made the cast extremely hard and it sort of fell in a clump on its head. “Oh well I thought one more, come on boy good training”. I built up some line speed, lengthened out the line for the last haul and let it rip. The wind caught the indicator and the point fly embedded itself fully into the meat of my back!! It didn’t really hurt as the speed it was doing was high but it was in a place that I couldn’t really get to, (I gave it a good try though), so I cut the line swam back across the river, geared up and walked out. My back pack sat firmly on the Nymph in my back, as I trudged out for 1.5 hours. By the time I got to Paul’s house three hours later it was throbbing somewhat. He is a master at getting these out and so with a simple twist and pull motion it popped out. Alex is laughing his arse off right now as many a time we talked about the pros and cons of barbless hooks. Getting them out of flesh was a Pro
This is the latest Nymph to go on my site. The 4.5 ml Tungsten Black Winged Raptor. This has accounted for so many fish now over the past winter season and now for my summer, it is not funny. I thought it would be a good Nymph when I designed it but I had to try it out first. One of the ones I used yesterday accounted for 5 good trout before it disintegrated in the teeth of a very feisty Jack. It has noticed my Nymphs last and don’t just fall apart. The fact I use the B110 Kamasan hook also adds to the overall strength of my Nymphs. This is a great Nymph for fast or deep water.
Well that’s about me for now. I have some orders to get out and to rest my knee for a few days. I hope you have enjoyed my report and I will update soon.