Taupo Fly Fishing Report 27 September 2013

Posted by admin on September 27, 2013

What a week we have had in the Taupo fishery! Mass migrations of trout up our rivers, and a mass flood of epic proportions in the Tongariro over Saturday night.

Last Friday and Saturday all rivers were fishing well, apart from the TT which was a little too coloured.  Its been great to see fly fishos walking along the Tongariro with a spring in their step and tales of being smashed off by big strong trout.  Sporting Life in Turangi and Hunting and Fishing in Taupo are both reporting that people are buying heavier leaders because of these big fish.  If that is not a good sign then what is…

Yesterday and today the local Taupo rivers have come right and conditions are perfect.  As I write it’s a sunny day with a light breeze and it’s a bit warmer than it has been.  The weekend is forecast for more rain but not enough to make rivers unfishable.

Its difficult to pick out any specific rivers as all are fishing well and if you have no luck on one then jump in the car and its only a few minutes to the next.  We normally recommend going lighter not heavier, but as noted above the fish do seem to be bigger and stronger, so a 10lb leader is a safe choice.  Especially if you are nymphing and picking up fresh trout in the tails of pools and need to muscle them before they run the rapids.


If you are into wetlining then the old Tongariro favourites of the Reid pool down the bottom and the Major Jones in Turangi are worth putting time into.  If you are nymphing then stick with small two-tone Glo-bugs early on and try a size 14 green or white Caddis around 11am onwards.  Since there are plenty of trout in all the rivers, if you want a new challenge try Czech nymphing the Tauranga-Taupo, Hine or Waitahanui.  Our popular Czech-nymphing tutorial shows you what to do.

School holidays start today for two weeks, so if you get to pools that are busy the simple solution is to walk further afield! There are plenty of pools and plenty of trout for everyone.

Also note that Kuratau and Otamangakau lakes open next week and can offer a fun alternative to the river fishing.

If you have anyone you want to get into fly fishing then now is a good time as their chances of catching a trout are better than average. The lower Tauranga-Taupo, as shown in the photo above is a great spot for learning to fish. Get out there and have some fun!

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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