Taupo Fly Fishing Report 4 August 2013

Posted by admin on August 4, 2013

Last week was good and consistent for those fly fishing around the Taupo district even though rivers are low and clear.  We have had some good foggy mornings that have given fishermen a good few hours in the morning to target fish without the sun on the water.

There was good rain forecast for Taupo this weekend but it never arrived.  While not what we fishermen wanted, it did mean Sunday was a lovely day for the hundreds of people running the Taupo half-marathon. 

The Tongariro is the pick of the bunch at the moment with good nymphing throughout on small naturals and long leaders.  First thing in the morning try swinging a small Woolly Bugger through the tails of some of the town pools.  While you would expect most of the trout in the rivers to be dark by now as we have not had decent rain for a while to bring significant numbers of fresh trout up, the Tongariro is still producing some good conditioned fish.

Rainbow Trout Up Close

We had a lot of fun on the Hinemaia on Saturday hooking a number of fish but these were all dark.  Good sport but you need to be careful when releasing them that they are fully revived and ready to swim back into the current. 

The Waitahanui has some monster Browns in the upper reaches which are very difficult to hook and even harder to land, but just seeing them is a big enough buzz for some.  The Waitahanui mouth will have a lot of fish hanging off waiting for rains to come.  Night fishing here at the moment could be your best chance for fat fresh trout and the full moon is not till the 21st of August so great conditions, especially if we get a westerly wind.

Showers are due this week and heavy rains start from next Thursday onwards, so if you are planning a fishing trip to Taupo then the weekend of the 10th and 11th could be an absolute bonanza.  Take a couple of days off on the 12th and 13th and it could be the best fishing of the season so far.  When the rains start monitor the Taupo River Levels here, and once they have shot up and then start falling again, that’s the time to get amongst the fish!

Until next time,  tight lines.