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 a busy week on all the rivers and at time of writing all rivers are at good fishable levels and fishing extremely well . Last weekend the only river worth fishing were the Hinemaiaia and the Waitahanui as the other main rivers were in flood. The Hinemaiaia, in particular, was absolutely packed with anglers. The Tongariro became fishable on Monday and has been excellent from this time. The fish and scenes shown were some taken from the middle reaches of the Tongariro on Tuesday. We have had pleasant enough days, generally a bit overcast with snippets of sun but certainly not cold.
Wednesday saw me tackle the Tauranga Taupo.
I’ve been itching to do a session on this river for a little while now but the heavy rainfall over recent weeks has meant that it has been unfishable for long periods. On arrival at the river I was pleased to see the river was that milky green colour that I like and with the level at 0.6m, close to perfect.As is normal with me , I like to have more than one option when I am fly fishing because some days some methods will be better than others. I always take 2 rods when I am fishing and the reason for this is twofold. If you are unfortunate enough to break a rod (we all know it can happen for a variety of reasons), then you have a spare and don’t have to walk 3km+ back to your vehicle. Secondly, the rods may have different line types on so that a transition can be made to fish an alternative method if desired. This day I elected to fish the wet line as one method and Czech nymph as the other. I ended up having good success with both methods. Some of the fish that I caught Czech nymphing were caught in about 150-200 mm deep water. Egg patterns were working with the Czech nymphing (although the bomb was catching a few as well). The woolly bugger (olive and black) was doing the trick for the wet line. My last 2 casts of the day yielded 2 fish (both Czech nymph and both sighted in very shallow water. I always like to finish my fishing day with a fish on the last cast. I had already done this but talked myself into one VERY last cast and hence the extra fish. I began the long walk back to my vehicle at about 4:30 pm and was soon on the heels of 3 other visitor anglers who were also making their way back. They could see that I was moving faster and offered to let me through but I said “I am in no hurry, lead the way. So the rest of the journey, as is normal with fishermen, we talked about the day on the river and I was pleased to see that they too had had a good day.
During the conversation it became apparent that one of the fishermen had a feeling he had seen me somewhere before after learning that I was a guide and sold “I Love Fly Fishing” gear in Turangi. He asked me “Do you write a fishing report on the web every week?” . I answered “Yes”. He then asked me if I used to guide in the Waioeka River near Opotiki to which. I replied that I did. It turns out I guided this fellow about 9 years ago on the Waioeka River. I knew straight away the day in question. It was a very successful day for client and guide with 14 fish landed and at least as many lost. The fish were made up of 11 rainbows and 3 browns.
I can recall that he was almost ready to give fly fishing up but this experience gave him renewed enthusiasm. So it was with some pleasure I saw him up from Canterbury, with a couple of mates, fishing the Turangi region and having success. I am sure they will call into the I Love Fly Fishing shop in Turangi in the next day or two for supplies or just a chat.
As always, for all your fly fishing needs, come and see me in the Turangi Shop 8 Wiremu St Turangi. Ring me 021667867 anytime.
Until next time, tight lines,