Taupo Fly Fishing Report 28 March 2018

Posted by admin on March 27, 2018

Taupo trout are in stunning condition at the moment as they feed up before spawning this winter. If you are fly fishing from any of the river mouths, or out on a kayak or boat, you are in for some fun with beautiful Rainbows that are like silver rugby balls. We normally advocate catch and release but if you are fishing in the lake, now is the time to keep a trout for the smoker.

For those wanting to catch and release a big Brown trout, now is the time in the Tongariro River or Waitahanui mouth. This is much easier said than done as they don't get big without being able to bust off a few anglers every year.


Daylight savings ends this weekend and it is the Easter break which normally means more people booking accommodation in Turangi and Taupo, but often fewer people on the rivers. Anglers often stay away as they fear loads of kids and families about, yet these groups will often fish or walk a river for an hour or two and leave. The weather is looking pretty good with a mix of cloud, sun and the odd shower so its worth a visit for the long weekend.

Get out on the eastern mouths like the Waitahanui or Waimarino with a dark rabbit or woolly bugger first thing in the morning or in the evening. The moon is nearly full but there should still be cloud cover - and even better if the westerly gets up.

In the local rivers still use your summer techniques with long leaders and careful casting. Don't plough into the pools but try the edges first. A dry-fly dropper through the heads of pools should bring you success. If you are targeting Browns then you will need heavier breaking strain if you are to have any chance of holding them...

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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