Turangi Fishing Report 19 August 2022

Brian Willson, professional guide, 021667867, brings us his weekly fly fishing report from Turangi for the Central North Island lakes and rivers.

Hello fellow fly fishers,

Well it has been an interesting week to say the least.  A week ago we had very cold frosty mornings and now we are preparing for a lot warmer weather but a great deal of rain!!  The South Island is already getting major damage and are preparing for more and by the looks of things, the central plateau is going to be copping it tomorrow. This will have a major effect on the fishing in the next few days.



Lovely reach for nymphing - Tauranga Taupo River
Fresh Taupo trout

A week ago was a delightful day to be up the rivers. I took one of my regular clients up the Tauranga Taupo River. It was a cold start but this soon turned into a beautiful day. The river was reasonably low and clear but the fish were still around but fishing with stealth was required.  My client was soon into a good fish which I helped land with the net and then the fish was photographed and released.  The river had dropped about 300mm from the previous week when it seemed one only had to get their line somewhere in the water and a strike would be imminent. It wasn’t quite as regular this fresh Friday morning but still good.


Tongariro middle reaches
Fishing on the Tauranga Taupo

I had a look at the Tongariro River last Monday and found that the fish were found in pockets in different areas of the river and I had to do a bit of walking at times to find them. Like the TT, the river was relatively low and clear.  The Hinemaiaia River has fished pretty well all week but I am noticing more spent fish coming out of this river now.  Looking forward I can see that all the rivers are probably going to flood in the next day or two which will put a dent in the fishing but, as always, as the water levels start to recede, that is the time to be on the water.  The egg patterns are still doing it for me but I suggest swinging big flies will be the first method of choice as the waters get discoloured.


The ILFF shop has had steady patrons through the last week and I thank those that keep coming back to see me. My aim is for all fishers to have a good experience on the river and are equipped with excellent gear at affordable prices.  I am getting a lot more fly tying materials in the next day or two and have spent yesterday constructing more display area in the shop. Come in and check them out. There will be stuff there that surely the trout can’t resist.  So, as always, tight lines and if you require anything or just want some advice, call me anytime 021667867.

So , until next time,



Brian Willson - NZPFGA Member.


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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