Taupo Fly Fishing Report 26 Oct 2012

Posted by admin on October 26, 2012

After wet and windy weather over the last week or so, Thursday was calmer and today is stunning - sunny, clear with no wind.  All Taupo rivers are fishing well with lots of trout and less fishing pressure.  There are still good numbers of fresh spawners heading upstream, while lots of recovering darker fish are in slower pools as they make their way back out into Lake Taupo.

Less anglers are on the rivers because the local stillwaters and backcountry rivers are now open.  We have some great backcountry helicopter trips already booked in for January and we made this video for one client from the US who is literally counting down the days till he arrives.  If you've ever wondered what it feels like to fly up a backcountry river by helicopter then take a look.

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The Tongariro is our pick of rivers at the moment and both nymphing and wetlining is working well.  For nymphing try small naturals with a bit of flashback, and mid morning onwards give some Caddis variations a try and you should be happy with the results.  For wetflies stick with the usual attractors such as green and brown Woolly Buggers with a bit of flash in the tail, as the waters lower try using smaller sizes.  There seem to be more Jacks about at the moment which offer great sport as they are so aggressive and can strip you down to your backing on their first run.

The Tauranga Taupo is getting harder with a little more luck involved in walking and finding where the fish are holding.  It can be worth the effort though if you come upon a pool loaded with a fresh run in it.

Hinemaia we have still been leaving but reports back are that the fisihng is reasonably good but with darker fish.  For the Waitahanui try heading upstream and spotting fish in the upper pools.  There are big browns to be seen in the early morning and fresh rainbows in the tails of some of the ripply runs.  Always try close to the bank before you wade into a pool.

The weekend is looking great and this is one of the best times of the year to be fly fishing in the Taupo district as there are more trout and fewer anglers - so get out there and enjoy it!