Taupo Fly Fishing Report 22 Jan 2013

Posted by admin on January 22, 2013

Fly fishing around the Taupo region has been pretty good over the last few weeks and we have been busy guiding and covering alot of water.  Local river mouths such as the Waitahanui have been fishing well during the day and the evening, with some very strong fish taking anglers right to the end of their backing.  Smelt flies are working best such as the local Grey Ghost, Green Orbit and variations of the Parsons Glory fished on a slow sinker or a floating line with a sink tip.

Backcountry streams around the region are fishing well and now is the best time before the fish wise-up to more anglers later in February and March.  Its often good to start with a local fly fishing guide who can save you alot of time by spotting the fish and making sure you have the right gear for the job.  The cicadas are just starting and there have been some good rises although the weather has still be changeable with wind causing a few problems.  The video below shows a great day we had raft fishing earlier in January.

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There have been reports of some bigger brown trout moving into the middle reaches of the Waitahanui and Tongariro rivers.  Whilst these can be harder to catch, just the sight of them by some anglers is enough to keep them happy.

Local stillwaters are also fishing well, although the wind on some days has been a pain.  Lake Rotoaira has had alot of activity with fish around the fringes in just a few metres or water.  Try a Flashback nymph rig or a small Woolly Bugger and you are likely to get some action.  Casting from the shore or a boat can bring some exciting sport as these trout fight hard.

This is the time of year in the Taupo region to pack a drink bottle and some sunscreen and get out and enjoy the huge range of trout fishing on offer.  Until next time, tight lines...