Turangi Fishing Report 09May 2023

The beautiful Blue Pool , Tongariro River.

Brian Willson NZPFGA member, professional guide and I Love Fly Fishing shop partner, brings us his weekly fly fishing report from Turangi for the Central North Island lakes and rivers.  For up to date info, for what flies are working and if you want to call to the shop – 8 Wiremu Street – call Brian on 021667867.  Brian fishes Euro/Czech, Dry Fly, Trout Spey, Nymph and Wet Fly.

Greetings fellow fly fishers,

Firstly, I must apologise for not providing a report for a month or so. I have had a bereavement in the family and have been fairly busy with sorting out a multitude of things but now I am back on deck and look forward to telling you all what is going on in the Turangi region.

Finally in the last week or so the Tongariro River is rising and falling naturally and not being kept at around 55 cumecs minimum.

Mid Autumn is a great time to fish the local rivers.
Beautiful rainbow hen from the Tongariro River.

Even with the rain these last few days with the river peaking around 300 cumecs, the river has dropped below 50 cumecs for the first time in a couple of months.

Genesis have obviously finished the water diversion up by the Poutu intake and consequently some very good fish are now starting to turn up. The fishing has been quite tough in recent months but there are signs that we are going to experience some supreme fishing in the coming weeks.

I went down to the Tongariro yesterday and had some good action swinging a black woolly bugger on a quick sinking line.

Tongi rainbow caught on the swing.
Fishing the lower reaches of the Tauranga Taupo River.

The fish I caught were all fresh fat rainbows and I dropped a few as well. The day was dismal although pleasant enough (especially when the fish are biting). Unfortunately, the forecast for the next few days is pretty rough so I hope we can get some settled weather soon so we can capitalise on the excellent fishing at hand.

The Tauranga Taupo River has been fishing quite well for the last couple of months and is running high (but fishable) as I write but I’m picking it is going to rise too high from this afternoon and indeed in the next few days so it will take some time to settle down after that. I like this river to be at a height around 500 mls or thereabouts.

With all this wet weather around it is an ideal time to tie some flies and you can’t go too wrong by tying a heap of Clearview egg patterns because in the oncoming weeks and months ahead, the trout will be smashing them.

The I Love Fly Fishing shop has been fairly busy with more and more fishers getting prepared for the great fishing we can expect with the spawning runs underway now.  As always, all your fly fishing and fly tying needs call and see me at the I Love Fly Fishing Shop in Turangi, 8 Wiremu St, phone 021667867. If there is anything you need, give me a ring and I will open up anytime (within reason of course 😀), just call me and I’ll sort you out. 021667867.

Brian Willson - NZPFGA Member & I Love Fly Fishing Partner Store Turangi.
Client trying out The Blue Pool, Tongariro River


My name is Brian Willson and I have been a fly fisher for over 50 years. I am a professional fishing guide and current NZPFGA member of which I have served at executive level and have guided anglers of different skill sets, ages and gender from all over the world. I have also written two books on fly fishing and am a keen artist. I am passionate about fly fishing and the therapeutic qualities it offers and enjoy sharing this experience with people on and off the water. Over the years I have made some amazing friendships that continue to this day. I have partnered up with one of these friendships, Barrie Barnes from I Love Fly Fishing, and I sell exclusively, quality, affordable fly fishing gear at my premises at 8 Wiremu Street, Turangi, the designated I Love Fly Fishing shop in Turangi which is open all hours— just ring 021667867 anytime. I take a serious interest in my clients and freely offer advice when asked and am happy to talk fishing anytime. Tight lines, Brian Willson

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