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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 Flyfishing Report 12 Aug

Posted by admin on August 12, 2011

We spotted some huge rainbow trout up the Waitahanui river this week while teaching a couple of clients to flyfish for the first time.  Conditions were low and clear which was great for spotting but tougher to hook up.  The experience was enough to get our new anglers hooked on the sport though which is great.

It has been raining hard on and off for the last couple of days and yesterday was the best day to get out with Saturday looking good too.

Melissa Cantell's first flyfishing experience


Taupo Flyfishing Report 3 Aug 2011

Posted by admin on August 3, 2011

Taupo flyfishing has been going great guns over the last few weeks with good rain coinciding with a drop in temperature and hardly any moon.  There were also some good strong Westerlies blowing which made a perfect scenario for great trout fishing in the Taupo region.  Local rivers such as the Tongariro, Tauranga Taupo, Hinemaia and Waitahanui all responded immediately with good pulses of fresh trout coming up to spawn.   Anglers had luck both at the river mouths on certain days, and throughout the rivers.

Waitahanui Rivermouth Spawning Runs


This week has been more challenging as the river levels recede and the water becomes clearer.  Good trout are still around but become increasingly wary and more of a challenge to catch.


Taupo Flyfishing Report 20 July

Posted by admin on July 20, 2011

Taupo fly fishing got off to a great start last weekend. Local river levels receded from the earlier rains and the wet liners had a ball as the levels took a little longer than expected to lower and clear.

Most Taupo rivers were fishable and in excellent condition by Wednesday morning with the Tongariro, Tauranga Taupo and Waitahanui all producing good trout. This has worked out well as a lot of holiday anglers are visiting and have been able to spread out across lots of pools and locations.

At the moment the best wetlining flies are the Coneheads with that little bit of extra weight for the heavier flows: use quite big flies up to size 4# in the dirtier water . As the flows ease your standard Rabbit flies have been going well as have the Olive, Brown and Black Woolly Buggers  in sizes from 6# down to 10#.


Taupo Flyfishing Report 13 July

Posted by admin on July 13, 2011

The rain has come and what a difference it has made !!! We have had continuous rain all week and it is forecast to continue for another few days.  Those that have been brave enough to take on the weather and seek out water that is not too high have been rewarded with some great fishing.  Most local rivers had good solid runs of fish through and we have had some very positive reports of some very good sized fish being caught throughout the system.

Hinemaia River in Rain


Taupo Flyfishing Report 6 July

Posted by admin on July 6, 2011

Taupo's local smaller lakes and the remaining backcountry rivers are now closed for all fishing until October the 1st.  There are still lots of smaller Waikato Spring Creeks left open for flyfishing just an hour away.  They can offer excellent flyfishing this time of year with small nymphs and there is always a chance of bigger fish at this time of year. My favourite venues for the winter are these little crystal clear creeks because they offer so much variation and so many methods work from dries to spiders, sunken woollies and heavy nymphs all have their day.

Local Taupo waters are low and clear but I got some time in on the Tongariro today trying a number of techniques.


Taupo Fishing Report 20 June

Posted by admin on June 20, 2011

Local Taupo flyfishing is still very spasmodic, the cold weather we need for the spawning runs to really start has not yet eventuated, we are getting small squirts of fish coming through on the rains but not in the numbers we would normally expect for this time of year.  There is so much water within an hour or so of Taupo though that anglers are still enjoying some good flyfishing. 

11 pound 27 inch rainbow trout


3 June Taupo Flyfishing Report

Posted by admin on June 3, 2011

Local Taupo fly fishing had a few fish go through the system this week with the Tongariro river once again the pick of the bunch with some very good Browns caught early on in the week.  Wetlining the big pools just as the water starts to clear has been the key for some better quality fish.  We caught some nice Rainbows on the Switch rods fishing with 12 foot  Di10 Tips and some very big Conies.  Moving on to the lower reaches we French lined  the riffles and had a succession of Rainbows in quite a short time to Green Caddis nymphs on14#s.

Nice fresh New Zealand rainbow trout

On to a smaller local river on the way home to find that most of the fresh fish had moved upstream much faster than anticipated so home for tea.  The previous day on a local lake we found it flat calm and testing conditions.  We chased a ripple over the other side mid morning  and got into some fantastic trout action including a monster Brown for that particular lake.

Surprise big stillwater brown trout


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