Forecast for April

Shane French /

April 3, 2007

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Winter is almost upon us and the fish are getting ready to enter the systems. All the Taupo Rips have good numbers of Trout holding off them, eating Koura and smelt. The average size of Trout has increased dramatically over the past month. The Kelts are becoming few and far between.

April can be a wet and wild month and is a great time to target those large Jacks that enter the rivers first to sort out their spawning grounds. Glo Bugs certainly are a must first thing in the morning for these large Trout. Early in the season I have found Champagne Red Dot in size 12 and 14 have seen me hooked up.

There has been some excellent Harling off the Waitahanui Rip on change of light with Green Wooly Buggers and yes you guessed it Gold Bodied Ginger Micks doing the job for most anglers.

There are still plenty of Browns in both the Waitahanui and the Tongariro, these Trout will become easier to catch as the season progresses.

Take care out there on the water, Regards Shane