Taupo Flyfishing Report 12 Oct

Posted by admin on October 12, 2011

Big rains yesterday and last night have blown most Taupo flyfishing rivers out.  Good news is that when these local rivers recede there will be a back-log of fresh spawners ready to run in good numbers.  Most of the local rivers had good numbers going through on low pressure before the rain even started, a good sign that there are numbers of fish still waiting to run.

Lack of rain around Lake Taupo district over this winter has made the peak of the runs much later than normal.  This will suit a lot of locals as the opening of the trout season proper will mean that the pressure will be off the local waters at the peak of the runs as many anglers will be fishing closer to home and back country.  We're gonna be heading straight down to the Tongariro and T.T swinging some big Coneheads on the Switch rods as soon as the levels start to recede.

We had the pleasure of introducing a party of five Australians over for the Rugby World Cup to the pleasures of fly fishing in New Zealand.  The party lead by Stuart Blair and his friends, had never fly fished before and had a great day out with two of our Taupo flyfishing guides.

Happy Australian Anglers

They all did extremely well on a day when the Tongariro River was still very clear and challenging.  Decked out in full Wallaby Green and Gold the party was never going to get lost on the river !!
By lunch time not only were the party casting like demons but had caught some fish on camera for all to see.  A good lunch followed by a tour of the famous Tongariro Trout centre saw us back out on the river for a further couple of hours but a cold wind developed and made casting more challenging for the beginners.  Despite this they all soldiered on and managed to hook and lose a couple more fresh rainbow trout for their efforts before heading home.  We've put up a little video with accompanying Australian soundtrack on our New Zealand Flyfishing Company Youtube channel.

Thank you all for a most enjoyable day with good company and good Kiwi and Aussie banter, and most of all a great effort considering none had ever held a fly rod before. Special thanks as well to our friend Peter Whilton for helping make it such an enjoyable day for everyone.

I am going to predict some good dry fly action this spring going into summer. I have never seen so much mayfly activity on the river bed, we have already witnessed some good hatches and some huge spinner falls so early. I fished one of my favourite Spring creeks on opening day and despite a cold and overcast blustery day all fish were up on dry emergers never done that so early up here before.

Long range forecast says were in for a good long hot summer let’s hope so!
I can hear those Cicadas singing already !!!!!


Until next report - all the best

GARY LYTTLE