tongariro river

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 just intersted how the river fishing is going, there plenty of big browns around. how is the major jones and bloulder pool fishing....?

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There have been some big browns caught and there are plenty of fish about... but not as many as there should be... Speculation is rife among many of the locals as to what is going on. Given the cold snaps, combined with lots of rain the rivers should be going off... it should be trout fest and yet it isn't. Don't get me wrong, there's fish about, but it should be insane...

 

some of the speculation???

The floods of 2003 are just now having their effect.

Downriggers are just now starting to have their effect on the fishery felt...

Jigging is starting to have its effect on the fishery...

 

take your pick or make up one yourself... who the hell knows... but, unless a mammoth run happens soon this winter may just be a shocker... hopefully it's a bit like a pregnancy scare... they're just late and we'll all be smiling...

 

Clark

 

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 what part of the river is fishing best...
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Take your pick really... There's fish all through, my pick would be the area around the Stag.
 
 
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Very interesting theories Clarke. We were trying to come up with some also as last weekend we fished the Tauranga Taupo and it should have been insane, some colour and up a bit, yet it was slow.....
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The Tongariro fished well in the weekend for some and not so well for others

With the roads closed from Wellington and Hawkes Bay there was little pressure on the river - so if you hit a pool holding fish then you were in for a good time.

best times morning 7 - 9 and evening 3 - 5

Best fly green caddis and glo bug

Typicially anglers were getting 3 - 5 fish in the morning and or evening best I heard was 8 in a morning session or 15 for the day.

My theory for the fishery - During the late 80s to early 90s the fishery was being managed so as to extend the runs into summer. This was working well with fish starting to spawn in Jan and Feb. However the fish numbers spawning during June and July did thin out. DOC was not concerned as the overall numbers off fish running the river during the year made up for the lower numbers of fish running the river during the peak spawning time. Available data from DOC fish traps will show a decline in fish numbers in the taupo fishery in 1991 1992. The possible negative effects on this is less fish spawning = less eggs and less spern to fertilise those eggs which in turn resulted in less fish in the Taupo area. To support this theory the early 1990s saw the lowest numbers of fish in Lake Taupo. Then we started getting some negative effects from mother nature - eruptions and floods. These ocured during what was the peak run times. However the following seasons were never as bad as 1991 1992
The most noticible trend is more fish running later in the sesson. Is this a result of the tampering of the fishery earlier on or climatic change.

DOC reduced the catch rate to 3 fish early to mid 1990s obviously as the thought the harvest was to high. Catch and release took off and today more fish are returned by fly fisherman than ever before. On the flip side jigging and downriggers have opened up the lake fishery to greater numbers of anglers. These anglers are not catch and release like the fly fisherman. The result is a greater harvest on the lake fishery.  Basicially Jigging and downrigging balanced out the  lower harvest by fly fisherman.

 








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