The Taupo spawning tributaries are red hot, Tongariro,Tauranga Taupo, Hinimaia in particular are fishing really well. I have not been on the Waiotaka or Waimarino but word is they are also having some red hot days. There are quite a few anglers about, particularly on the Hinimaia but if you can find a piece of water you will find some fish. Lots of pressure can mean fish with mouth clamped shut !! The usual flies, glo bugs, gold beads, pts all working. The fishing should remain good throughout September, then the vast majority will be heading back to the Lake to begin the cycle again. We can then look forward to the Browns making their appearance December onwards. 1st Octobers heralds the opening of the Rotorua Lakes and a lot of our back country rivers. This is always an exciting time to fish with plenty of eager fish to take your fly. Cant wait !
It's June, its raining and cold but we have plenty of nice fat rainbows in our rivers to keep us entertained. It's not exactly summer dry fly fishing but it is still FUN, we still have plenty of sight fishing to be had, actually more than our summer fishing. The rainbows have been running since early April, nice fat silver bullets, eager to take your fly and strip your reel of fly line. The Waitahanui, Hini, TT, and Tongariro have all had some good runs of fish. Glo bugs and gold beads have been the staples , nothing has changed there nor will it. The standard 8lb maxima, split shot and indicator and you cant go wrong. If you want to get into some of the action and need a guide for a day or two give me a call. I can get you set up with the right rigs, show you some 'hot holes' and you will be away. If you would like something a bit longer i have a winter fishing special i am running at the moment. Grab a mate, 5 nights accommodation in our 'Bach', 3 days guided fishing for $950. This will run till 30th Sept.
Summer is here, rivers are low and clear, big terrestrial insects are everywhere, cicadas are in plague in some river catchments and the trout are crashing big dry patterns, can it get any better, i don't think so. We have not had a settled dry summer like this for a few years, the backcountry fishing is simply fantastic !! Wet wading is the way to go, only way to stay cool ! Big cicada patterns have been doing the work for me but you must let them eat it, slow count to 5 !! Big browns are in all the tributaries and plenty have been caught in the lake, i have landed three, 2.8, 3.0, and 3.6 kgs in the last 2 weeks. All have been caught on the downrigger around the 100ft area in the thermacline but have been trolling in 300ft of water. Color has been silver/green
December 1st is the opening of the upper limits of our Taupo spawning tributaries and can offer some outstanding fishing as these fish have not seen an angler since 31st of June. My choice was a raft trip on the upper Tongariro which is a great day out combined with some stunning scenery and outstanding fishing. The upper river was full of fish, all rainbows, some in quite good condition. The pools all had fish in them but it does require a good length cast with heavy nymphs to get to the fish. Some of the smaller side shoots were much easier to fish and we had some great dry/dropper action in the skinny water as well. Some fantastic fishing in the Wanganui and Whakapapa rivers produced some outstanding fish, both brown and rainbows although hard to find at times. A four day raft trip produced some of the best fishing and company you could have. Most action was on the dry/dropper combo with my seal fur nymph doing the damage, large rainbow and browns smoking the reels and making the arm ache. On the local side the Lake is fishing well, i landed 15 yesterday trolling with a green/red cobra in a 100ft, jigging going well with ginger micks. The rivers are hard going, if you put the work in you will do ok but it is not easy. We live in one of the best fishing locations in the world so get out there and enjoy what NZ has to offer.
Hands up for those who are sick of this cold windy weather we are having ....!! As far as the fish are concerned they are quite happy but it is not exactly wet wading weather for us fisherman. Just simply finding some shelter for some enjoyable fishing is priority number one, being able to get the fly in the water with a reasonable drift is key, the fish are there, well in the back country rivers at least. The local rivers have slowed with a few fish here and there but you really have to work for them, small naturals, long leaders etc. December the 1st is the opening of the upper tributaries and should provide some great fishing. I am doing the upper Tongariro raft trip, there will be a number of rafts so should be fun. I then have some back country trips and a 4 day 3 night raft trip with a regular client which will be fun so am flat out early December. I have just got a 'go pro' so will be uploading videos on my you tube channel which you can find on the front page of my website. Please subscribe. Have fun out there and stay safe
Have been away exploring this seasons backcountry rivers checking what changes to the rivers and what size and numbers of fish there are (someone has to do it) and i am pleased to report that all is good !! Some of the fish are in excellent condition after spawning/winter and will be absolutely stunning come March after hopefully a good cicada season. There are however plenty of recovering fish as well, some rivers have simply that while others have sections of good fat fish and sections of recovering rainbows. The browns are in great condition. I have not had any action on the dry fly as yet although the dry/dropper is certainly doing the work as is the standard nymph/indicator rig. I am starting to upload some footage on my u tube channel and will be putting up video's on how to tie my favorite seal fur fly so click on the tab on my front page and please subscribe. Thanks to Shane French from Dragon fly river guides for the photo's, Cheers Brett
Have just had a couple of days guiding on my favourite remote river with a couple of my regular clients. The weather forecast was gale force winds with squals/rain so not so great for flyfishing but i was hoping it would be shelterd where we were going. As it turned out the wind was not a factor but a flash flood in one of the tributaries gave us some problems on our return trip but before that we had some outstanding fishing with 3 nice rainbows in the first half dozen casts which set the standard for the day. The fish were all good size but recovering from spawning which is to be expected at this time of year but the browns were great conditon with with a beautifull gold/brown colour. We only fished for 4 or so hours landing close to 20 fish, i was a bit concerned about getting through the tributary on the quadbikes, the river was up the mid thigh in depth and we had to cross it going upstream which made it more difficult but with some ropes attached and one riding we managed to pull them accross but drowning the transmission in one of them which we had to leave and retrieve the next day after finding out out to do some bush mechanics on u tube !! Next day we fished upstream with much lower numbers of fish but they were in much better condition landing 6. The last pool we got to big heads were rising right through the pool, a great sign for hopefully a great dry fly season.
Wednesday you would think people would be hard at work supporting the economy....nooo, they were all on the Whakapapa river fishing the water where i wanted to fish ! It was a stunning day, start of the school holidays, the rivers were low and clear and the anglers were out in their droves. I was going to fish with some mates on Lake Rotoiti (they sent me a photo of a 3.6kg rainbow) but thought i better scout some rivers prior to the guiding season. Despite anglers above us and below we did manage 4 solid Browns and 6 rainbows in 4 hours so can't compain. The rainbows were recovering but the browns were in very good condition averaging 5lb with one close to 7lb. We moved upstream only to fing 6 cars in the carpark....time to head back for a nice cold beer ! Next day we headed East, Murapara area where we fished 3 streams, catching recovering rainbows in all 3 with one very nice fat maiden fish amongst them so had another good day. We only saw 1 other angler who said the day before was very busy with most anglers landing half a dozen or so fish . All in all a great opening weekend on the rivers, lots of anglers but also lots of fish.
Smoking Trout as any fish is an art form. I have had plenty of over smoked, over cooked dry smoked fish that is only edible with a cheese sauce or like. Sound familiar ? First job is looking after your catch. Kill it quickly and keep it as cold as you can. Bury on the edge of the river bank in the cold water or if in the boat you should have an ice slurry or like. Cold set flesh is much easier to fillet. Once the trout has been split or filleted i simply sprinkle salt (or your favourite mixture) over and leave for an hour or so. (some people believe brown sugar helps the fish to go a golden colour but this is a total myth) .This removes most of the moisture from the flesh and stops your fillet from dripping on to the sawdust. Everyone has their favourite smoking device. I use an old dishwasher which i have stripped down and 2 oven trays for my smoking racks. For a heat source i use methylated spirits placed in 2 baked bean cans. The larger the surface area the faster and hotter the burn rate so i go for smaller diameter cans. I fill these to half full which gives me a 1 hour burn time, perfect for up to 4 fish. Everyone has their favourite wood, i use Manuka or Pohutukawa sawdust, about 2 handfulls is plenty. The beauty with this system is that once the smoke has started i know exactly how long and how hot every smoke will be.
A good run of fresh rainbows went up the Hini yesterday,chrome bullets, very hard to see even in clear water unless looking down on them. Some anglers lucky to be in the right place at the right time had some awesome action as the fish shot straight through to the upper reaches of the river and to safety from the anglers. Bright orange Glo bugs work well on these fresh uneducated fish and 8 to 10 pound test is needed as well. Once the fish have been in the river for a few days the attraction of the glo bug wears a little thin and the fish will scatter at the sight of one, that is the time to use small natural flies. The lake is tough going as most of the mature spawning rainbows are in the rivers with a lot of smaller and recovering fish left in the lake. If you get lucky there are plenty of Browns in the lake as these fish won't enter the river systems till December. They are not easy to catch and there seams to be no particular fly or lure, just luck !
Spring is here, the days are longer and warmer, more insects about on the river edges and the trout are fat and happy as well as the anglers with good numbers in the local tributaries. Rivers are low and clear which makes fishing a bit more tricky but if you use the right methods you will still have some great fishing. So what are the right methods you say.....nothing new but keep your flies small and natural....ie do not use gold beads or anything flashy. I find the length of leader or size of indicator makes little difference compared to the size of flies. I like keeping my leaders as short as possible, it makes for easy accurate casting, the strike is much more direct and playing/landing the fish is a lot easier. 6 to 8 lb leader depending on where you are fishing, heavier if you need to stop fish from going down a rapid or onto some snags. 1st Oct opens up our back country rivers and will produce some fantastic fishing opportunities, these fish have not seen an angler since July so will be very easy to catch until they start to become educated ! Lets hope for a great summer with trout smashing big terrestrial dry's !
The Taupo spawning runs are well under way, glo bugs and split shot with 8lb Maxima and 8ft leader is the way to go. Have just come back from 2 hours on the river hooking 25 fish, most got away as i just locked up on them and pulled the hook. Most fish were in the 3lb range with a couple in the 7lb straightening the hook.with the 6wgt bent in half. Also i did not see another angler or car !!
The Taupo spawning tributaries are fishing well with nice size and conditioned rainbows. I have just had Simon and daughter Kat out for a few days fishing. We fished the Hinimaia, Tongariro,Waiotaka, Tauranga Taupo, Waipunga and Mohaka. The Waipunga and Mohaka were too high and didn't fish well for us but the other rivers were fishing very well with well over 30 fish landed with many more long range releases. Best flies were the glo bugs and pheasant tails. We fished about a rod length 8lb maxima,nothing fancy with plenty of split shot to get the flies down. Yes, you can go with lighter flies and still catch fish but this is the most effective way in faster flowing water. The rivers will only get better as the season progresses as the fish enter the tributaries for spawning and should peak around September with the most numbers in the rivers.
Taupo spawning tributaries are holding some nice rainbows, a good early start to the spawning season. Although not in big numbers some nice 2kg fresh rainbows can be found providing some rod bending action. 8lb line for the Hini and 6lb for the TT should be enough with 6wgt rods. I find Pheasant tails when low and clear and of course the glow bugs when fishing down lower or when some colour in the rivers. The white caddis on the Tongariro when low and clear often is the fly of choice with the PT. The Lake is still providing some good action, early morning harling and of course the downriggers providing some good fish as well. Back country rivers are still open so if you are keen for some adventure and great fishing give me a call. Have fun out there and stay safe !
Big Cicada's are offering the angler some great top water action on some rivers while others are still best fished nymphing. Dry and dropper is always a good option, best of both worlds, you can usually take the dropper off around midday as the trout tend to look towards surface feeding as the day really heats up and the big terrestrial insects get more active. On the lake the fishing is just getting better paticuarly the jigging and pays to be very selective on which fish you decide to keep. If the fish has a small head in relation to its body size that is a good indicator that the fish is in great condition and the flesh will be a nice pink colour and great eating. Get out there and have some summer fun as the winter will be here before we know it!
Dry fly action was fantastic on wet/cold Monday with close to 25 fish hooked on a big terrestrial dry . Last time on this river one week ago evrything was on the nymph and this time all on the dry, that good that we took the dry dropper rig to solely the dry. About time we had some great dry fly action and long may it continue.
An overnight camp out on the Mohaka was bit of a laugh with Toby and Freddy, a storm came through around midnight resulting in a smashed tent which Toby slept right the way through. Freddy on the other hand got soaked and ended up in my tent after a repair job. I was nearly lifted of the ground as the storm came through with the whole tent lifting up around me, the fly was ripped off and the rain was getting blasted through the tent walls but i couldn\'t get as as the whole tent would have taken off !! Morning finally arrived with a pool of water on the tent with Toby still asleep inside! The fishing was hard on the first day with only a couple of fish landed, second day was better with 10 or so. There was no dry fly action at all, all fish were on the nymp and wet line. Lets hope for some hot dry weather to get the surface action under way. The Lake is fishing well, harling/down rigging/ jigging all catching fish
Fly fishing in backcountry rivers has been great, some dry fly action but most still on nymphs. A few cicadas have been heard so lets hope we are in for a great cicada season which should start in a couple of weeks or so. A trip into the headwaters of the Rangitikie proved hard going with few fish seen and even less landed but the size was empressive of the ones we saw, tough as the river was quite high which made the crossings hard and the fishing harder! Big bright green stone flies could be found on the banks, what a neat looking insect they are. Next day saw us on the quads and the fishing was fantastic with 8 fish coming out of one run. All taken on the nymph. I now have a new guiding truck so you know what to look out for if i am picking you up for some fishing. Happy festive season , cheers Brett
Taupo tributaries are hard going, you can get lucky and get into some fish but in general is tough. Best option is to get out of the Taupo tributaries and try more remote rivers,have been catching on big terrestrial dry fly. If you are not prepared to do this then the Lake is fishing well with good numbers and good conditiond fish. All methods are producing, ie harling/jigging/deep trolling.Black toby/baby brown being best colours. I managed to have a couple of days of and scoured myself a couple red deer for the xmas dinner. We often have clients stay and they always appreciate veni on the barby with a couple of beers !!
Paul, Mark, Sue and Tony with some nice rainbows.
Fishing is still fantastic on the rivers with some fresh fish about with the rain we have had. All fish have been caught on small naturals , completly ignoring glo bugs. Summer fishing technique is required, small indicator, 6lb line with a couple of small beadheads seems to work. Fish are rising on small mayflies so dry and dropper will also work.