Tongariro low and clear

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    Posted: 04 Jul 2006 at 7:34am
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After a enjoyable weekend on the tongariro a couple of weeks back it was decided to go back to the Ttongariro again last week.

On the Friday we couldnt seem to go wrong with plenty of takes, dropped fish and landed fish throughout the day. Wasnt very impressed with the size or condition of the fish landed but ended the day with about 16 fish

Saturday was a slow day. Started off in the same pool as we had fished Friday morning but only two takes and two fish. We walked up through the river from the hydro to the redhut. The river is very very low making it easy to cross at the tail of any pool. Being able to do this was the key to catching fish. Once again the fish were not impressive. ended the day with 8 fish

The highlights - There is very little pressure on the river with few anglers about. You can walk from pool to pool and get a spot to yourself.  Great sunny days

The downside - While most folks were struggling to get a fish some only catching 1 fish for their weeks fishing. The river is very low, you can see the stones throughout most pools and the fish very spooky - once you cast into a pool you can see the fish racing around everywhere. Most of the fish have been in the river for some time and are very line shy

The river needs a top up of rain to provide some cover and raise the river levels.  I wouldnt be in a hurry to head back until this changes. As the condition of the fish isnt that exciting and the angling pressure due to increase with school holidays.

Think ill spend the next month chasing trout close to home













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It's those nasty big fluffy fantails you call indicators that spook them. did ya sea any browns or just rainbows?
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BK - it was so really really clear. Wasnt the indicator it was the shadow from the line. Really needed the 3 weight but that wouldnt have been heavy enough to cast those bombs.

All those fish have been in the river for a few weeks now so know what a line is.

didnt see any browns however about 20 - 30 fish in most good pools
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Herring is right... BUT... we had rain last night and there is "some" color coming into things. The sad part is, according to Glen McLean of Doc, that although there has now been rain it hasn't changed fish numbers in the trap so they still haven't moved at all. Could still happen over the next couple of days.
 
If you want to catch fish in the Tonga's right now fish it like you would the Mohaka in february... without the dry fly. I take that back... fish it like you SHOULD fish the Mohaka in februarty... without a dry.
 
Apparently recent trapping records indicate the majority 2/3rds, of fish movement is occurring AFTER September!!! It's going to be latter this year which means great spring fishing and even more awesome summer Tongariro dry fly fishing. Has to be a bright side.
 
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