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Now about the Fishing!!
I have found that June is the start of the running trout in Taupo. May can be very fickle and once again it was this year. The trout tend to run when we get that cold snowy weather in from the South but then May can be mild and the running trout few and far between. We are now into the cold months with winter officially starting today, and it feels like it. The spawning trout will now move through the Taupo rivers on a more regular basis and slowly fill up these tributaries to overflowing! The other great thing about this season is the quality of the Trout moving through, they are in fantastic condition with MANY of them being described as “rugby balls”. I can vouch that the taste of these little fatties is nothing short of sweet.
So where to fish this month!
All the rips will have a strong month this June if the weather is calm enough to let you out there. I have always caught my biggest trout from the rips in June and that is where I will be spending a fair amount of my time. At the moment all the Taupo rips are looking healthy and due to the lake level being a little on the low side, river mouths like the Waimarino are very fishable, (without standing on a ladder!!) Red setters, green and brown Woolly buggers, Bobbies, and Heave and Leaves will all take trout in the rips. Night time is my favourite time and you can’t go past the Lumo flies for this type of fly fishing. We are talking the Rainbow trout here guys and those suckers are well, suckers for the lumo flies!!
If you want to target a good Taupo trout then the Waitahanui is the river to be on. This season so far has seen the best trout come out of this beautiful flax lined sedate river. I am doing a $200 half day special on all the Taupo rivers for the rest of the winter season and if you have never had much success on the Waitahanui this may be the time to take me up on it. I have never had anyone walk away from a guide who has not learnt a trick or two especially on the Waitahanui. Anglers struggle on this water, then refuse to fish it and in doing so remove a string from their bow. The Nui, (as it is referred to) can be the hot spot in Taupo when the conditions prevail!
The Hinemaiaia has now closed off above the bridge for the next SIX MONTHS, sob sob. This leaves very limited water below the bridge to fish and snaggy stuff it is at that. Last winter season saw this part of the river get turned over numerous times and it will take some time to recover. If you are going to target this water I fully suggest you check it out in low water conditions otherwise you are going to lose a heap of gear!! The rip is where I will be, they still have to come through here and the fishing can be hot if you time it right. Change of light in the morning here guys!
The Tauranga Taupo is one of my favorites and I fish the whole river as well, from the bridge up.This has some of the best water in Taupo and when the river has a water spike then drops back it can be deadly. Champ Red dot glow bugs in here and don’t be shy on weight when needed. If it is running low then a little 6# and small naturals can be a heap of fun in here. There is sooooo much water to fish as well. I don’t fish the TT river mouth as much as I should, (can’t get past the Hine) but when this fires it is nothing short of spectacular!
I guess I should mention the Tonagriro. If you are new to this web site then you might raise your eyebrows at one or two comments pointed towards Ross at the Tongariro River Motel and his very informative web site, (same name). We have a bit of a “thing” going on regarding the Tonagriro and the Waitahanui rivers. I believe the Nui is far the better river for condition of trout and Ross, well Ross is delusional and thinks the Tongás is a better choice. He would as he never moves from it!! The truth is readers, the Tongariro is a fabulous river that holds masses of Trout and can be the river to be on, when all the other rivers are hard going. It has it downside though and that would be angling pressure when the trout are running and the fact that it is huge and the trout can be in any one section requiring lengthy walks over bouldery terrain. That and you might run into Ross and his pet Chiwawa Boof.
Out on the lake!
Good numbers of trout still being taken harling and although a little on the small side they are fat and have been feeding up on smelt until their bellies are swollen. It seems there is no problem with food out there at the moment. Maybe they are all eating Ross’s cat fish!!!!!
So there ya have it. If you can get here this month then do it, heaps of options out there for the keen angler. Some of the backcountry rivers are still open for this month and most of those rivers receive a spawning run from their parent river. Get in touch with me for those options as you will have this water to yourself!!