This day is up there with one of my best day’s fly fishing for trout, ever. Not just because we caught lots of solid rainbow trout but fly fishing is about the whole experience and this place was magic.
Fly fishing on the Tongariro river can be very productive in summer, especially sight fishing for feisty rainbows and big browns. While the river is crowded in winter with anglers chasing the spawning run, in summer it is often devoid of anglers but with plenty of opportunities.
Float tubes, also known as belly boats, are a great way to fly fish and explore small lakes. Since we are still unable to leave Auckland, we decided to take our belly boats for a spin on a small local lake called Whatihua that is stocked with trout. It was as much about an overdue catchup as it was about catching trout.
This is simple beaded version is my go-to squirmy worm pattern for euro nymphing. I started using it this past winter for Taupo trout and it worked a treat on the winter runs. It should be great in dirty water in summer as well.