What type of Trout Fishing Does Lake Taupo And Its Rivers Offer Over Summer?

Shane French /

December 1, 2009

I just know there are Trout in there!

I just know there are Trout in there!

Hey All,

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A silver summer runner

A silver summer runner

Taupo has always been known for its magical winter run of Steel Heads. In the past they started running at the end of April and went hard out until the end of August. Then most river anglers put away their rods until the next season. Since I have lived in Taupo I have noticed  that the Taupo rivers receive a good run of summer trout entering the rivers. Sometimes they don’t venture very far up these Lake Taupo Tribs, but they are in there and using summer techniques is the way to go. The Brown trout then come into most of the rivers to spawn. Some of these are monstrous by Trout standards and deceiving one of these with a Cicada pattern or light Nymph is great fun, especially when using light weight rods!

Most of the Taupo Rivers run low and clear over summer and so Sight Fishing is the way to go. I love spotting trout working out how you are going to decieve it and then going for it. This style of fishing can be a great way to improve your technique , as first casts can be critical. Every so often you will strike a magic day and have some of the best fly fishing you could imagine!

Upper Waitahanui, untouched!!

Upper Waitahanui, untouched!!

The Rips, or River Mouths is another summer fishing jewel. If you haven’t taken a trout from a rip then it should be on your Tick list. Summer is a good time to do this. The best way to take a Brown Trout, (trophy even) is to fish the rips at night, or early morning. It is at these times that these predators take the most. I have had some MASSIVE battles with Brown Trout and tingle with anticipation on a good night. When you lift your rod into an 8 pound plus Brownie, you know something is on the other end! The Rainbows are chasing the smelt that gather around the colder river mouths to spawn. Using a smelt pattern you can have some amazing fishing on a good day, and there are plenty of good days.

Generally the rivers are not as busy as in winter as well. It is nice to fish a big chunk of a River system and not see another angler!

So before you drive over the Tongariro or the Waitahanui this summer have another think, it may be the best decision you make.

Regards Shane

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