Taupo Fly Fishing Report 10 Aug 2012

Posted by admin on August 10, 2012

The eruption of Mount Tongariro this week spells good news for the Taupo fishery.  In the 1980’s when we had a lot of ash fall it resulted in extra plant growth which flowed through the food chain and the trout a year later were noticeably bigger – so lets wait and see for 2013!! - thank you Mother Nature...

We have had a mix of weather over the past week or so and the local fly fishing has been hot on some days and less so on others.

We are seeing more jacks in the rivers which results in some great battles with trout smoking off down the river at a furious pace.  Even if you get broken off now and then you still get the excitement of the hook-up and of course you can add a few pounds to the size of the fish when you tell your mates about the one that got away.

Waitahanui River Mouth Evening Trout.jpg

The Waitahanui and Tongariro rivers have been producing trout on small Glo-bugs, with mid to late afternoon seeming the best times.  Often Rainbows in particular will move in the river before change of light and this can bring some action, particularly from aggressive jacks.  As mentioned in previous Taupo fly fishing reports, test different colours as on any day the trout may be onto one in particular.  Remember also as the water clears go for smaller sizes.  A rule of thumb many local anglers use is to try Glo-bugs for a few days after rain to target fresh run fish, and then change to naturals once the fish are more settled in the pools and runs. 

The river-mouth fishing has been variable but with the moon waning it should improve.  As I type the rainclouds are gathering outside and rain is forecast all of next week.  Westerly winds are also predicted which will help with fishing mouths such as the Waitahanui and Hinemaia.  Sunday, Monday and Tuesday could be good round the river mouths and then end of next week give the middle pools of the Tongariro a go or put your walking boots on and hit the Tauranga Taupo to chase the pods of trout as they move up it.

Until next time – tight lines.