Taupo Fly Fishing Report 11 November 2013

Posted by admin on November 11, 2013

We finally got some hot weather over the weekend, with the temperature at 6pm on Saturday still at 25 degrees Celsius.  It’s a great time to be fly fishing in the Taupo district as there are so many options right now – we are getting spawning trout in the big rivers, heaps of great conditioned trout in the lakes, and dry fly action on local streams and backcountry rivers.  There are dozens of great fishing options all within an hour and a half drive of Taupo, and many are alot closer.

Earlier in the week the weather was rough which limited fly fishing options but the main spawning rivers were still delivering.  The Tongariro has a lot of trout in it with many in the 4-5 pound bracket and still lots of fresh fish turning up amongst the spent ones.  Wet-lining and nymphing are working equally well. You can try anywhere up and down the river and the pools will be holding trout.

The Tauranga Taupo has large concentrations of trout in its upper reaches but they have had quite a bit of pressure and spook easily. We had some interesting fishing there on Thursday with fork lightening cracking around us so the decision was made to rest the rods for half an hour until the storm past.  Luckily the trout were not bothered by the storm.


The Waitahanui has some enormous brown trout in it right now. You can be walking up it and think you have seen a log in the water until it moves to the side and you realise with a shock it was a trout!

Some of the backcountry rivers have been a bit hit and miss, but have the added bonus of producing Brown and Rainbow trout – its always nice to bring in a good sized Brownie when you have been catching Rainbows. We talked to a local on the Whanganui River on Friday who had landed a 10 pound-plus Salmon up there – a remnant from years ago when a Salmon-farm was trialled there. A couple of the rivers over by Taumaranui were blown-out in the big flood in October and appear to be still recovering.

The hot weather in the weekend produced some great dry-fly activity with a good Caddis hatch on Friday night.  We had landed two fish in a pool that appeared to be fairly quiet, but when the hatch started there were over a dozen fish rising!  The forecast for this week looks good so remember your sunscreen and make sure you have some dry flies in your kit too.

Until next time, tight lines and good luck! Remember to send us any photos or stories via our Facebook page or Twitter account or Google+.

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