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.
Any kingfish on fly counts and even better on a surface fly! Not knowing the size of the fish hooked I go to panic stations and treated it like it was a monster. Still stoked with the results and great to have my oldest son on board for the experience.
The Ngongothaha stream in Rotorua is often overlooked in summer but the fishing can be great. Still stuck in Auckland Johan revisits previously unpublished footage of a great session fishing the Ngongotaha stream last summer ending with a lovely fat 5lb rainbow trout.
I’ve tried bobbers I’ve tried putty I’ve tried various other indicators, the main benefist for me are that it doesn't impair casting, it's very light it's, very small, it has very little resistance and it lands very lightly on the water so doesn't spook fish as easily as something like a bobber plonking down or a piece of putty.
Due to restrictions, I have been stuck in Auckland for 10 weeks now and have not seen a trout since. Auckland is not the trout mecca the rest of New Zealand is. I'm not a stillwater fisherman so reluctantly took on a little local lake. It was tough going but rather fun in the end. I managed to get a few trout! Woohoo.