First up just a little message. I am back into guiding, after a good break to get my knee sorted. I have kept up with the play over this time as you know by my reports so I am not rusty in the field of fishing and or putting people onto trout. My web site now has guiding payment options under the shop for a more convenient way of payment. I look forward to seeing a few of my old clients back on the river.
Good grief what a wet winter we have had. I have now totally lost count with the times the Tauranga Taupo has gone above 1 on the rain gauge. As I mentioned in a past report, I think last year it went above this mark twice for the season. It must have risen to 1 well over 17 times by now this season. It is part of the reason why we have had a continuous run of trout going through.
I fished the Waitahanui a few times this week both for myself and with clients. Man are there some trout in this river. Getting them to take is another thing entirely! I have tried everything in the arsenal and although we have pulled a few, it was hard going and bloody frustrating at times. The amount of Browns in the Nui is ridiculous, probably more than in summer. When I was a kid and we fished from Easter through till August in the lower section, we never ever ever picked up Browns, so either we just didn’t catch them or the Brown Trout cycle has changed somewhat. Whatever the situation is, having them in the Waitahanui over winter certainly adds to the excitement. I have picked up all my trout on the Waitahanui this week on Glo Bugs.
OMG I guided on the Hinemaiaia for two days straight, I felt naughty. I even went above the bridge with my guys. We started to get light drizzle on Monday and then the heavens opened up later on Monday night and blew all the rivers out South Of the Hine. We originally went into the Waitahanui but as things were tough in there we dropped over the hill to the Hinemaiaia and had a look there. The upper section had lots of anglers scattered throughout its course and so we dropped back down below the bridge and managed to get a few. The trout this year, as any angler who has fished the Taupo rivers knows, have been in superb fighting condition. As one of my guys found out when they run, (once hooked) they do it hard and fast, he was trying to net his own fish, held the rod, (and line so it seems), The trout made a dash for it and snapped the tip of his rod clean off! Like the Waitahanui we picked up all our trout on Glo Bugs in the Hinemaiaia. I know that when the river levels drop the Green Bead Reaper will come into its own but when that water is high and the trout are running, Glowies are the go.
So I guided for the first time in years on the Tauranga Taupo. I have fished it plenty of times myself this season and because of that I new the spots, runs and holes that have been producing, so it was just a matter of getting my guys into these areas and have them place their Nymphs in the right water.They managed to do this on most occasions and we had a blast. The TT had a little bit of water go through on Sunday night, just enough to raise the level. I checked this before I picked up my Guide on Monday morning and this is where we headed. It was a fantastic day with lots of hard fighting silver bullets landed. We only saw one other angler all day too which was spectacular. The other side of the coin was that I guided three guys yesterday onto the Tauranga Taupo and by the time I got back to the car at 3.30 there were 11 cars in the car park. It was lucky that I realized this was happening and so got my guys onto a very productive bend and we just stayed there for a while, pulling trout every 20 minutes as they swam past. Again because of the water level and the running trout, Glo Bugs did the job for us. Funny enough though, most of the older trout took the dropper, which was the Big Boys Bomb. Another one of my guys snapped his rod on a great Hen of about 5 pounds. I was netting a trout for his friend when he hooked up. A double hook up is quite a cool thing, not uncommon but still cool. I couldn’t get to him in time to help the netting and all we heard was a rifle shot sound and then some really great verbal sound effects. That was two rods in three days, yes the Taupo trout fight hard this season! I’m running out of spare guiding rods He landed the trout too which was impressive as the snap happened just below the second join in a four piece rod.
The time right now is 3.30 am. I woke up and just couldn’t get back to sleep. I am guiding on the Tongariro today and am really looking forward to it. The high water levels have meant trout should have run in there and I mean the river was full of the buggers anyway. I hate guiding on the Tongariro when things are hard so this should be a fun day. The fact that it has been so high and still is above its normal flow, means the True right will not have been fishable unless you walked up from Major Jones or down from Red Hutt. trying to cross the Tongariro when it is above 30 is a pretty dangerous job. I am going to take my boys for a wee walk today but the end result will be a lot of fishable water and hopefully trout that have not seen to many anglers over the week. We should have a great day to day, fingers crossed. I am about to set up my vice and tie up some Green Bead Reapers and a few tricked out Nymphs purely for this water. I still think glow Bugs will work but the Tongariro is certainly one river you want a few options in your fly box. It is going to be a very cold morning. I just poked my head out side and it is freezing. I left my boots outside last night and I am glad I checked, they have frozen over. They are now in front of a roaring fire defrosting.
If you are on the water this weekend please be safe. All the rocks are clean so wading is a little safer but the flows are still up and care should be taken.
Tight Lines to all who cast a line this weekend.