Taupo Fly Fishing Report 15 November 2013

Posted by admin on November 15, 2013

The last few days in Taupo have been stunning with some hot sunny weather which has been great for insect activity.  Many local streams are experiencing evening rises which provide some of the most enjoyable fly fishing.

The Tongariro and Tauranga Taupo rivers have been fishing well in the upper reaches, with less activity lower down.  The Bridge Pool at times have no anglers on it during the week which is an indication that there are fewer fishermen about at the moment and there are fewer fresh fish coming through the lower pools.  The spawning runs are by no means over, but we have not had good rain for over a week.

Lake Taupo is providing some beautiful fat healthy trout for boat fishermen jigging and harling small smelt flies.  Many trout are chocka block full of smelt which is a great sign for the fishery.  The Western Bays are brilliant this time of year, if you can get over to Waihaha you may have some amazing fishing with the stream mouths bubbling with trout.  If you can camp or stay on a boat it is worth it as the night-fishing at the mouths can produce enormous Brown trout.


Backcountry streams are improving with the hot weather and a dry-fly dropper rig in the mid afternoon through to dark will work well.  Try various natural nymphs until you find what is working, as conditions are clear try a size 14 on the dropper.

Our favourite stillwaters have been a little slow, but we have the promise of the next few months to come and with five good choices there is always an option that is fishing well.

The forecast over the weekend is for good weather so get your summer kit out, add another metre to your leader and get out up a river.  Rain is forecast for Tuesday but may not be enough to move fresh trout up the rivers.  If the Westerly develops then the Waitahanui rip will be a good choice with some big Brownies still moving about out there.

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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