Taupo Fly Fishing Report 13 June 2014

Posted by admin on June 13, 2014

The rains have come!!  Hallelulah!!

Fly fishing in local Taupo rivers over the last few weeks has been a bit unpredictable.  Compared to this time last year the Waitahanui has been quiet, and fish have moved through the Tongariro and not always held where expected. The river mouths were even a little tough and daytime clear conditions made it more difficult for beginners on local rivers.

This all changed during the week when the rains came and got loads of trout heading upstream.  While we feel sorry for parts of New Zealand that were damaged by strong winds, for Taupo the rain was a welcome relief for fly fishers and the wider community.


We get many runs of trout through the season and its interesting to see how the size of trout running changes.  Often they are in pods of similar sized-fish, and the good news is that the recent runs brought big Rainbow trout up all the Taupo rivers.  Yesterday a number of fish over the 8 pound mark were landed in the Waitahanui, and reports from the Tongariro are also incredibly positive.

Whether you are wet-lining or nymphing, the best advice we can give at the moment is to simply get out there and cast a fly.  The water colour is clearing but the fish are still fresh enough that this weekend and the following week should give you good action.  All the basics still apply: don't charge into a pool but fish the shallows first, and systematically move through the pools till you find where fish are holding.

If you are in Turangi then the lower and middle Tongariro pools are worth a crack, and from Taupo try the Waitahanui with some good 8lb leader.

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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