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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 23 August 2013

Posted by admin on August 23, 2013

Well we had some heavy rain during the week – a real hum dinger of a storm over night on Wednesday night but it seems to have been more around Taupo and the ranges and as such has not put the river levels up.  The Tongariro went up to 30 cumecs overnight and has dropped down again so not enough water to really get trout moving, we normally consider a good burst of rain to push it into the 100 to 200 cumec range.  You can keep an eye on local Taupo rivers levels from this page.

As I write it’s a calm misty morning in Taupo and perfect conditions to get out and cast a wetline into the heads of some of the deeper Tongariro pools.  Pools round the bridge and township have had a bit of a hammering of late, so apply the rule that if you have to walk a bit further, such as down to the Reed pool, then with luck there may be fewer anglers.

If you are around Turangi and want to try somewhere new its an easy drive to the Whanganui river and there are lots of small to mid-sized Rainbows and Browns to catch.  This can be a fun day or half day trip but you will need a national licence as your Taupo fishing licence does not apply.

The Tauranga Taupo can be a bit hit and miss and may have some pods of fresh trout in it from the rain, and as always you need to move and test all the pools and runs to find them. Here's a little Whanganui Brownie below.

Dan Love with first ever Brown Trout


Taupo Fly Fishing Report 16 August 2013

Posted by admin on August 16, 2013

Fly fishing in the Taupo region at the moment is awesome with a lot of big fat fish in the rivers.

We have had rain on and off this week but not the deluge that the weather wizards predicted, but just showers and one good hail storm that lasted about an hour.  The low pressure though has been enough to get some good runs of fresh Rainbows heading up the local Taupo rivers.  This has been enough to make the fly fishing fire up over the last week.

Although the rivers have generally remained quite clear the fish are still running mainly at night, and you’ll see them often in the tails of pools first thing in the morning.  A lot of fish are being found in very low and clear riffle type water and can be easily spotted but also easily spooked.  With the clear water you need to be extra careful in your approach and treat the water the same as you would in summer.  It can be a good idea to take your indicator off (if nymphing) as the big winter type indicators can spook fish, and as they race off they spook others in the pool as well.

For first thing in the morning or at the end of the day, try small flash tail glo bugs as these have been working really well in poor light.  During the lighter hours try small size 16# and 14# naturals such as Hare and Copper, Cadillac, and Claret nymphs along with green and white Caddis flies which have worked well on certain days. We’ve just added a new fly tying pattern to our Youtube channel so have a look below.

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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


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


Taupo Fly Fishing Report 4 April 2013

Posted by admin on April 4, 2013

The rain has finally arrived and it should be enough to get more fish up into local Taupo rivers.  Reports from the lake say the fishing this summer has been amazing and this bodes well for our winter fly fishing.  There are heaps of great conditioned Rainbow trout in the lake and round the river mouths with 5 pounders being commonly caught at the moment by boat fishermen.

There are big Brown trout in local rivers like the Waitahanui but clear conditions make them hard to catch other than at first light.  We have seen a few early runs of Rainbows but we need more rain to get them going to see if there will be substantial early runs this year.

Fly Fishing Lunch on a Taupo Backcountry River


Taupo Fly Fishing Report 17 March 2013

Posted by admin on March 17, 2013

Fly fishing in local Taupo rivers has been getting harder over the last few weeks as we have had no rain and river levels are low and clear.  Our favourite stillwaters have also been low and with extra weed growth.

Rain arrived on Saturday night and while not heavy it has been welcomed by farmers, gardeners and fishermen alike. With luck it may be enough to get some fish moving into rivers such as the Waitahanui.  The Waitahanui already has a number of huge brown trout in it and we have seen other Taupo fishing guides up it as well, but the fishing is challenging as these big fish are very wary and the water is low and clear.

Big Taupo Stillwater Rainbow Trout 2013


Taupo Fly Fishing Report 16 February 2013

Posted by admin on February 15, 2013

Fly fishing in the Taupo region has been awesome these last weeks and the outlook just gets better with more dry weather on the way and the Passion Hoppers about to start.

Where do we start... The local rivers are fishing well whether you want to stand at a river mouth or scout up the banks.  Big brown trout are in the Tongariro and Waitahanui rivers, although the Waitahanui ones are notoriously spooky this time of year.  You'll need good long leaders up to two rod lengths and size 16 nymphs such as CDCs and Flashbacks.

There have been some good evening rises on the Tongariro, a Sporting Caddis is a good option and you need to wait and watch where the fish are rising before wading in, as often they are right in close in the slower water on the sides of long ripples. The action may only last 20 minutes but it can be fast and furious.

Whanganui River 5_LB Brown Trout


Taupo Fly Fishing Report 22 Jan 2013

Posted by admin on January 22, 2013

Fly fishing around the Taupo region has been pretty good over the last few weeks and we have been busy guiding and covering alot of water.  Local river mouths such as the Waitahanui have been fishing well during the day and the evening, with some very strong fish taking anglers right to the end of their backing.  Smelt flies are working best such as the local Grey Ghost, Green Orbit and variations of the Parsons Glory fished on a slow sinker or a floating line with a sink tip.

Backcountry streams around the region are fishing well and now is the best time before the fish wise-up to more anglers later in February and March.  Its often good to start with a local fly fishing guide who can save you alot of time by spotting the fish and making sure you have the right gear for the job.  The cicadas are just starting and there have been some good rises although the weather has still be changeable with wind causing a few problems.  The video below shows a great day we had raft fishing earlier in January.

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Taupo Fishing Report 5 Dec 2012

Posted by admin on December 5, 2012

Fly fishing in the Taupo region has been getting better over the last few weeks with more options available including late spawners in the rivers, dry fly rises and smelting trout at the river mouths.  Some great conditioned recovering Rainbow trout are being caught around the lake edges and early Brown trout sre being seen in the rivers.  Lots of recovering Rainbows are around the drop-offs along Lake Taupo and can be caught right throughout the day on a smelt fly, as the photo below shows.

Lake Taupo Spring Rainbow Trout

The Tongariro River is still fishing very well, with lots of recovering fish being caught but a remarkable improvement in condition compared to just a couple of weeks ago.  The warm weather has brought on the insect activity which is benefiting the trout.  On a clear day you may see the odd bigger Brownie in the river and with luck even hook one.


Taupo Fishing Report 22 Nov 2012

Posted by admin on November 22, 2012

We've had a real mix of weather over the last ten days with a warm patch, then a cold snap that ruined my tomatoes, and then the last few days have been awesome with sun and temperatures around Lake Taupo over 20 degrees Celsius. And to top it off Mt Tongariro erupted yesterday creating some spectacular views. This is good for the fishery as the ash helps the aquatic plants grow, creating a boom in insect life for the trout.

If you have the time to pick your days then the fly fishing can be awesome. At the moment there are great options including late spawning Rainbow trout on the Tongariro and Waitahanui, good Stillwater action on Lake Rotoaira, action on the backcountry rivers, and a few dry fly rises!

Lake Taupo Sunset After Eruption


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