Taupo Fly Fishing Report 11 October 2013

Posted by admin on October 11, 2013

We have had a crazy weather few days in the Taupo region.  On Saturday there were about 100 people swimming in the lake along the Taupo northern shore, then by Tuesday it was cold again, and now its Friday we have a heavy rain warning with 150 mm predicted to fall in the catchment by midnight tonight!

Our new Fly Fishing Season started last week and was quite a mixed bag for many people, due in part to the bad weather and rain fall just a few days prior.  A few of the more adventurous anglers who travelled away from Taupo found the rivers in certain areas such as the central Plateau and King Country badly affected by coloured water, while other directions remained clear. 

One of the big things we have noticed this season so far is how advanced the dry fly activity has been for many anglers.  This is probably due to the very mild winter we have just had.  There is alot of early Mayfly activity on the warmer days and some quite solid Spinner falls later in the evenings, as well as good numbers of Caddis during the day.  On the calmer warmer evenings there have even been some good evening rises for those anglers who have waited for it to happen on the right evening, they  only last half an hour or so at the moment but are worth the wait on a warm evening.

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There are still a lot of spawning runs to come through though.  DOC has reported over the last five or more years that two thirds of trout run after the first of September, so don’t change your tactics just yet.  What makes this time of the year magic is that you can target big strong spawning fish during the day, then sit down for a bite to eat (and a beer or wine) then have some fun on the dry fly in the evening.

If you are dying to get out even in the heavy rain then give the Waitahanui River a try with small Glo Bugs or green Woolly Buggers, or wait a day or two and try swinging some Olive Conies with a flash of red in the tail through the bigger pools on the Tongariro and the Tauranga Taupo.

We have Northwesterly winds at the moment, turning to Westerly on Sunday so the eastern river mouths of Lake Taupo should also fish well.

We are lucky to have so much water with so many options…

Until next time, tight lines and good luck! Remember to send us any photos or stories via our Facebook page or Twitter account or Google+.

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