Taupo Fly Fishing Report 17 March 2013

Posted by admin on March 17, 2013

Fly fishing in local Taupo rivers has been getting harder over the last few weeks as we have had no rain and river levels are low and clear.  Our favourite stillwaters have also been low and with extra weed growth.

Rain arrived on Saturday night and while not heavy it has been welcomed by farmers, gardeners and fishermen alike. With luck it may be enough to get some fish moving into rivers such as the Waitahanui.  The Waitahanui already has a number of huge brown trout in it and we have seen other Taupo fishing guides up it as well, but the fishing is challenging as these big fish are very wary and the water is low and clear.

Big Taupo Stillwater Rainbow Trout 2013

The best bets for catching some fat trout at the moment are at the river mouths either at change of light or night fishing. The rainbow trout in lake Taupo are in the best condition they have been in years with many around the 5 lb mark so get out and try a river mouth on a floating line or slow sinker with a small green Woolly Bugger during the day or a black Woolly Bugger at night.

If you are prepared to travel a bit more then the backcountry streams are still fishing well.  There is less flow but this can help as the fish are in the whitewater at the heads of pools so try small naturals with dry-flies for indicators and at least a rod and half length of trace down to 5lbs.

Good luck and tight lines till next time!