Taupo Fly Fishing Report 19 March 2014

Posted by admin on March 19, 2014

Well it has been an amazing summer and we have had little time in front of the computer, but we do have a whole stash of new fishing stories to tell and some new friends we have made.  While many Kiwis would say it hasn’t been the best summer weather-wise, it has been great for fly fishing with lots of smelt in Lake Taupo and loads of big fat noisy cicadas in the trees on the riverbanks.

The cold snap and rain last week may have been enough to stop the cicadas, but they are still worth a try with a small natural nymph dropper such as a size 14 Hare’s Ear.  After three months of munching them, some trout will still have a reflex reaction when they see a big dark shadow float down their food line.  Any big bushy impersonation will work as an attractor, but if you tie on a nymph dropper then a foam Cicada will give you more flotation than a deer hair pattern.


There are some monster Brown trout in the Waitahanui and Tongariro rivers at the moment, and as always fly fishing to them is a challenge. If you want a leisurely day take your polaroids, a camera and some lunch and walk up the Waitahanui River from the road bridge.  You’ll need a long leader of fluoro at least one and a half rod lengths and some small natural nymphs like Pheasant Tails and bushy Hare and Coppers.  Try and reduce your indicator to be as small as possible as well.  The big rain over the weekend will have pushed the Tongariro Brownies up the river so pools such as the Hydro and Red Hut will be worth a good fish on nymph or wetline.

The river mouths are fishing well, but the Waitahanui has had a dozen or more anglers on some late afternoons so get there early if you want a good spot.  Remember that the rip often bends back along the beach and you can hook fish down from where the main flow enters the lake.  The usual suspects will work well such as Woolly Buggers and Boobies.  Wharewaka point is also fishing well from the beach as the low water means you can stand right on the drop-off with a fast sinker.  If you have kids they can play at the park behind you while you fish.

The local stillwaters have been a bit tougher with Otamangakau having challenging days, which often happens after a summer with lots of boats on it.  Rotoaira would be the pick at the moment stalking the shallows with a dry fly dropper.  Prepare to lose a few fish as these trout go like freight trains.

We have rain forecast Friday through Monday, and if there is enough this will bring some more early-run Brown trout coming in from Lake Taupo – bring it on!!

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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