January on the Taupo and Central plateau rivers

Shane French /

January 8, 2010

Taupo Sunset

Taupo Sunset

Hey all,

If you are new to the Taupo fishing web site, welcome. Please have a look around, I try and update my Fishing reports as much as I can in between guiding and family life.

Summer is trying to make a break through and when it does shine the bugs come out and the fishing can only be described as excellent. When the clouds come over and the wind picks up things go alittle quiet, and you may have to change tactics.

backcountry Rainbow

backcountry Rainbow

The Tonagriro has seen some good evening hatches when the nights are warmer. There are numerous ways of getting onto trout for this time of night and as an angler you should be prepared to change nymphs if things aren’t happening for you. Wee wets can come into their own on the change of light and into the dark hours, being swung on a floating line and retrieved. It is amazing how close these trout come into the shallows to feed at night. many times you are overcasting them. In the morning I am using a standard Nymphing rig and then swapping over to a dry and dropper as things warm up. When I guide however, I take two rods one set up for the dry and the other with more weight to get down. Some of these pools on the Tonagriro are very deep and the trout are close to the bottom. There are a few brown trout making themselves know at the moment and targeting them in the early hours of the morning requires this set up.

Backcountry Brown

Backcountry Brown

The Tauranga taupo is low and clear. It has had a fair bit of attention over the Christmas break and the trout are spooky. This is very challenging water when at this level. A dry and dropper is all you need here, take your time, spot the trout and then work out how you are going to go about deceiving it. Cicadas work a treat on the TT from now on. Little 5#’s are great fun on here, the TT trout are renowned for their fighting ability! Remember the River is open all the way up now and so you can spend hours exploring on here.

The Hine has some nice little trout in there as well. In fact the Hinemaiaia is one of my favourite rivers if I want a few hours to myself in the afternoon. It requires a decent amount of skill but is great fun with the dry fly. The browns do come into this river but only stay down low, they can be targeted at night or first thing in the morning with tiny naturals. Hooking them is fun, landing them is another story!

The Waitahanui has been getting a steady trickle of browns going through. We had a strong flow of Westerly’s over the Christmas break which meant more trout managed to get into the river system before being taken out by boats and rip fisherman. Some of these browns would Blow your mind for size. They are notoriously hard to catch once they have entered the Nui but it can be done and it is an amazing feeling lifting up into one of these beauties.

Water to get excited about!

Water to get excited about!

There are plenty of smelt out there at the moment and if you are harling or jigging then you need these one. A favourite early morning rig for me is a Green woolly bubber with a Gold Bodied Ginger Mick, tied on two meters back. This takes both Rainbows and Browns.

Some of the back country water has been THRASHED!!! Rivers like the Whakapapa have had way to much exposure from magazine articles. Apparently there are still dick heads out there taking trout from these rivers, depleting them of spawning fish for years to come.Once you buy that license you have the right to fish almost anywhere public access is available. However please return mature trout back once that photo has been taken, next time you come back it might have had kids!!

If you are a tourist coming to New Zealand to fish or hike our beautiful country please take care when moving between islands. The South Island Has an algae growth called Didymo and we do not want it in the North island. This means all clothing, foot wear and fishing gear needs to be cleaned and dried in between rivers and FOR CERTAIN in between the North and South Islands. Please Please Please!!

Be safe out there and tight lines for the start of the year.

Regards Shane

Dragonfly River guides

Taupo

Silver and full of fight!

Silver and full of fight!