Turangi-Taupo Report - June 17th, 2022

Tongariro gets the big flush out

The winter fishing has kicked off, and so has the rain! We have had two floods in quick succession and the Tongariro received a much-needed flush-out after many months of low flow. When the rivers have been fishable, anglers have had some absolutely fantastic action, catching some stunning rainbows.

The smaller rivers have had some quality fish moving through with both the rips and rivers holding good numbers. With the constant change in flows, the rips that have been producing have had a few quiet spells while fish congregating at the mouth move upriver to start their spawning runs. These will be replaced with more fish though so keep at it - when it goes off it has certainly been going off! The smaller rivers themselves have had quite a bit of pressure with the Tongariro being high, so be prepared to share the water with a few other anglers which isn't unusual this time of year.

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River etiquette becomes increasingly important in these scenarios so please remember to have a chat with any other anglers fishing when you arrive so everyone can make the most of their fishing opportunities free from disputes. Globugs have been effective in the discoloured water, picking up plenty of fish. When the water has cleared, green caddis nymphs and the standard hare and coppers, pheasant tails, and the like are all doing the damage.

The Tongariro has seen a few changes after the flooding but nothing too drastic. There are a few places that have deepened out a bit, so please check before crossing at your usual spots as they might be a bit deeper than last time! Nymphing and wet lining have both been doing the business with globugs and orange-headed olive woolly buggers flying out the door, with some very impressive photos from happy anglers later shared at the counter! The whole river has been producing fish, however, they still seem to be in pods moving through and not holding for too long in one spot. This results in the action being red hot then cold within a short period, so keep moving through the runs and pools until you find them then hang on, they have been angry and very hard fighting this year! 

There have only been a few lake reports due to the weather restricting most people from getting out. The trollers have been picking fish up on Toby's and Tassie Devils in orange and pink colours as is usual for this time of year. The Delta (when it has been fishable) has been producing good numbers of quality fish on a mix of flies with the usual suspects of booby flies in white and black, and heave and leaves all getting fish to the net. This season continues to shape up as one of the best in many years so make sure you make your way down to Turangi in the coming months! Call in and see the team at Sporting Life and we will get you geared up with everything you need and ready to chase these fantastic fish. 

Connor Andrew

@newzealandflyfisher
Sporting Life Turangi

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