Firstly if you are Australian I am very sorry to hear about your fires over there, you guys must dread summer by now!
If you are new to the Taupofishing web site, hello. To all readers I hope you have a prosperious and safe 2009.
Whats instal for February?
The rips will still be fishing well, after dark. If you can get to the Western bays then by all means put that on your” to do”” list for this month. Take a good selection of flies both lumo and non lumo. Doll flies, Lumo and plain Marabou’s, plain having the green body. I always like a dark fly to have a touch of purple in it! Don’t be affraid to go big either, I know anglers that biff #4’s and 2’s. Boobies on a short leader with a small stripping action spaced apart and Gold bodied flies if the moon comes out!
All the Taupo rivers have fish in them at the moment and should do for the rest of the month. Many of these fish have been chowing down on huge fat cicadas and all sorts of flying critters. The hatches have been solid this season due to the dry conditions, followed by just enough rain to set them going. I have caught some good trout over the past week.
Either dry fly or Nymphs. If you fish with a freind one angler have a dry fly and dropper, and the other straight Nymphing with a small, (has to float though) indicator. You can do this on any of the Taupo Rivers but the easiest is the Tongariro. Stalk the water! Don’t splash through it, take your time, look at the margins and wear good polorized glasses. When you spot a trout take the time to work things out on approach, amount of line needed and try to make the first few casts accurate. This is great fun and as I say can be employed on all Taupo rivers.
What I love about about the back country fishing that we have here is that I very really see anyone else around. The fish fight with scary ability and power and there are generally a few about. This year has been a good year on all the back country rivers. With the dry conditions that we have had, all rivers will be low and clear, this means stealth. You don’t have to be crawling on your belly, (although that sometimes is needed) but a slow approach is good. Again the insect hatches have been plentiful and all these trout are in excellent condition. Every river has access, the fun part is finding it and then fishing it!
So get out there and enjoy what we have on offer, it is like nothing else in the world!