Taupo Fly Fishing Report 26 September 2017

Posted by admin on September 26, 2017

It has rained and rained and rained and any local will tell you this has been one of the best winter flyfishing seasons since the 1990's - which bodes very well for the upcoming summer season... Read on for an update on local Taupo flyfishing.


The Tongariro River is still being fished heavily, but is producing large numbers of fish in the 3 to 5 pound range. Nymphing has been most popular this winter with glo-bugs and egg patterns used in the morning and afternoon, and small naturals such as hare and coppers and caddis patterns in the middle of the day. As the weather warms and on clearer days remember to apply summer techniques with longer traces and lighter fluoro.

The wetliners have been successful with alot more double-handers about with large coneys and brighter flies than the traditional green and brown woolly buggers. Remember after the swing to leave the line a minute or so before retrieving as often you'll entice fish on the retrieve along the edge of the river. If the river is up after rainfall you will find more fish in closer to the banks.

The Tauranga-Taupo is fishing well in between rain and as always with this river you need to cover some water and try various flies, but once you find where the fish are holding and what they are taking you will experience some of the best flyfishing anywhere.

The Waitahanui and Hinemaia are still holding fish but alot more dark jacks after a season of heavy fishing. Try Czech nymphing on the Waitahanui and you may be surprised to hook a good sized Brownie. Check our youtube channel for instructional videos.

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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