Taupo Fly Fishing Report 7 June 2013

Posted by admin on June 7, 2013

There has been some brilliant fly fishing in the Taupo region over the last couple of weeks.  The unpredictable weather has tested the patience of some anglers.  But if you can handle the barometer bouncing up and down, and a range of rain and frost, then you could be hooking into some of the best trout seen in the rivers for the last few years.

When the local rivers are high and dirty it can be frustrating, but there is great fishing as they recede and the trout are pushed in close to the banks.  A wet fly fished in close will often take fish and this is a perfect time to take beginners as they don’t have to cast as far or be as careful with casting. Monitor the Taupo river flows and head out when you see the graph starting to drop sharply.

6 Pound Rainbow Trout

We haven’t seen the really big runs yet up rivers like the Tongariro, but there are still good numbers of fish moving up.  The most successful wet flies have been big Black Woolly Buggers and any other dark flies that move well in a current, such as Rabbit and Marabou flies.  Remember in dirty rivers you can fish a shorter leader and even go heavier.  A number of people have been broken-off by big strong fish in the middle pools of the Tongariro.

The Waitahanui has had some good early morning runs with orange Glo-Bugs being the go-to option.  Although Waitahanui is spring-fed it does still flood and get discoloured, so you can try slightly larger Glo-Bugs and see how they go.  

The Tauranga-Taupo has been unpredictable as always and it can be a case of being in the right place at the right time.  As the waters clear on all the local rivers the White and Green Caddis flies are worth a go, try a size #12 and if that doesn’t work change to a #14 and you may be surprised.  If you get the sun peaking through then try a Copper Flash Back.

The Delta fished well over the long weekend and all local river mouths are holding fish, but it can be difficult with the wind.  Boaties on the lake are reporting trout still full of smelt.  This is a great sign for the upcoming winter season and means there are fish actively feeding all over the lake.

The early snow is hopefully a good sign too for the winter fishing and we are looking forward to some great action in the coming weeks and months.

Until next time, tight lines and keep warm!