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We update this Taupo fishing report as often as we can to reflect the changing seasons, locations and techniques in the Taupo fishery.  If the rainbow trout have started running the rivers we'll tell you here, when the big brownies start rising to cicadas we'll let you know.  Add this page to your favourites, link to us on Facebook and pass this Taupo fishing report on to your friends.

Taupo Fly Fishing Report 17 December 2019

Posted by admin on December 16, 2019

Rain arrived in the Taupo region today but we’ve had a couple of great patches of hot weather setting the scene for cicada and dry fly activity on our favourite Taupo rivers and backcountry hotspots.

Earlier in the month saw some great fly fishing action in the Tongariro River on dry-fly dropper rigs with size 14 and 16 Pheasant Tail Flashbacks down from a Parachute Adams. Be sure to fish the shallows before charging into a pool or run, because with fewer anglers stomping around, the trout are sitting in a foot of water in many places. Also cover the ripples and riffles at the tail of pools as we are finding fish taking flies out of nowhere - you literally can’t see any shadows in the water then a trout strikes right in front of you!


Taupo Fly Fishing Report 19 September 2019

Posted by admin on September 18, 2019

Whilst we have had some long patches with no rain, the winter fly fishing round Taupo rivers has still offered some great sport with quality fish being landed.  As with the last five years or more, it seems a lot of trout are spawning in September and later instead of the June-July period they used to.


Taupo Fly Fishing Report 6 July 2019

Posted by admin on July 6, 2019

The Taupo winter fly fishing season has started with a hiss and a roar and with many locals saying the fresh run trout are in the best condition they’ve seen in a few years. We had some beautifully conditioned brownies coming into many of the Lake Taupo rivers earlier in the year, and now most of the rainbows we are seeing are big and healthy and chunky.

Rainfall has been a bit erratic with extended dry periods where fishing conditions are low and clear, followed by downpours that flood local rivers for a day or two. This morning the Hinemaia was still too flooded to fish, whereas the Tongariro River had lowered and was perfect. As a result everyone converged there with 18 cars in the Bain carpark and lots of anglers right up to the Sand pool battling the wind but enjoying the fishing.


Taupo Fly Fishing Report 4 February 2019

Posted by admin on February 4, 2019

This must be one of the best summers for fly fishing we've had in a long time! Before Christmas saw some incredible evening caddis action, and now its all go right around the great lake. Long hot days with the odd patch of rain in the middle have meant an explosion of insect life, and then days and days of wind blowing them all onto the waterways and into the path of our local Rainbow and Brown Trout. It has been awesome for us having clients come through, sometimes whole families, who have never fly fished before, and being able to get them into fish fairly quickly. And then of course the experienced fishos are having even more of a ball.


Taupo Fly Fishing Report 25 November 2018

Posted by admin on November 25, 2018

Taupo has been crazy over the weekend with the Round The Lake Cycle Challenge bringing in about 7,000 cyclists and 10,000 supporters. It would have been a bugger for any anglers arriving in town thinking they could just find a place to stay, and ending up sleeping in their car! Unfortunately for the cyclists it has been a wet and windy weekend, and the forecast ahead is for rain all week. The rain shouldn’t be enough to wash out the backcountry streams, but is good for the Spring fishing. We’ve had some great patches of warm sunny weather through October and November, with lots of insect activity in our local rivers, and the backcountry fly fishing streams to the east and south producing early action.


Taupo Fishing Report 13 September 2018

Posted by admin on September 12, 2018

It’s coming up to mid-September and we are still due for some major runs of trout in the Tongariro and other local rivers. Heavy rain in the last fortnight did not bring the expected large numbers of Rainbows up, but also did not bring flood damage to existing redds.

Over the last seven years DOC fish trap counts have shown over 60% of trout spawn from September onwards, and anglers fishing the river-mouths are seeing lots of fish on sounders and on the fly – so we are in for a great few months as the weather warms and the days get longer.


Taupo Fishing Report 13 August 2018

Posted by admin on August 13, 2018

Around Taupo and Turangi all the anglers are waiting for rain, with reports of trout stacked at the river-mouths waiting to run. Most people agree it’s a late season, yet there are still plenty of fish up our local rivers and great sport to be had.

This six and a half pounder was caught on a 4/5 weight rod and put up a huge fight. It would have been a stunner when it first arrived in the river, and while you may land some coloured fish at the moment, there are still freshies in amongst them.


Taupo Fishing Report 5 July 2018

Posted by admin on July 5, 2018

Winter is here on the Central Plateau but with the warmer temperature and not enough rain, the big fish runs haven’t truly kicked in yet. The Tongariro River saw some good early rains bringing big Brownies through, but the Rainbows haven’t followed in numbers. Your traditional winter nymphs will be the most productive way to catch them as of now. Globugs, heavy stoneflies and mayfly patterns as well. Plan to do a bit of walking if you are going to move through pools fairly quickly to find where fish are holding.


Taupo Fishing Report 6 May 2018

Posted by admin on May 6, 2018

April’s been a great month in the Taupo region for catching big Brown Trout. Earlier in the month we had clients landing brownies up to 6lbs in the Waitahanui (and losing bigger ones), while last weekend with the heavy rain anglers were catching even bigger ones in the Tongariro with a couple over 10 lbs reported.


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