Taupo Fly Fishing


JeremyWeitzBackCountryRainbow

Finally river levels had receded enough to do some proper back country fishing. We hit a river around lunch time and Jeremy had a fantastic day hooking 16 good sized trout – a mixture of browns and Rainbows averaging 3 and half pounds. There were even a few small ones that I didn’t count.

Managed to have a brief flick myself for 5 minutes while Jeremy rested and one time and hooked two in a spot I have never normally even bothered with.

The fishing had to be described as pretty darn hot – 16 not counting mine or small ones hooked for an afternoons fishing!

Am back guiding a few past regulars now and am really looked to the next trip with Philip Norman on Feb 17 where we a heli fishing and camping out for 3 nights and 4 days of hopefully fantastic sight fishing!

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Tongariro River
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Tauranga-Taupo River
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We started on the Tongariro this morning which had a feeling of being rather slow so after lunch we moved to the back-country where high water levels still made for difficult fishing but despite this, Jeremy still managed to hook 4 or 5 reasonable sized trout and a few small ones.

Strangely Jeremy rated a river fish later in the afternoon as being the high point of the trip rather than the trophy he caught yesterday. The 3 and a half pound rainbow did drag him down river through two rapids though so I suppose this could be called a challenge!

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Today was a memorable day for Jeremy Weitz – landing a wild 11 pound 6 ounce Rainbow trout. The scales on the net were validated with 2 x 2 liter bottles of water which weighed 3.9kg so it is possible the trout may have slightly more even. It was a maiden fish i.e. had not spawned according to its fins which had no clippings for the fish trap which monitors fish moving out of this lake to spawn each year. Incidentally there were no trophy (10 pound) trout measure going through the trap last season which just goes to show what an exceptional fish this was.

Jeremy was impressed with my guiding skills at putting exactly the correct amount of backing on which when he ran out of backing and had to walk with the fish to the end of the bank was the perfect amount to be able to hold but not loose the fish which came to the shore after about 10 pounds on 5 pound 4x fluoro and a size 16 nymph. Jeremy has never before run out of backing on a fish and has never bother tying backing on but vows to from this day fourth.

Jeremy landed 4 for the morning before breakfast at Tongariro Lodge and then a nice 4 and a half pound brown trout out of the Tongariro in front of the Lodge just before a four course evening meal.

Fishing Data

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Tongariro River
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Tauranga-Taupo River
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Picked up Jeremy Weitz from Auckland Airport yesterday to do my first trout fishing guiding job for a little while – been busy setting up a charter fishing Business in the Bay Of Islands. Jeremy is a past customer I had such great fun guiding him last trip I thought he would be a great customer to ease back in after a few months off.

The weather wasn’t looking good for the trip with the remnants of a tropical cyclone causing flooding in all rivers but Jeremys positive attitude and impending jet lag had me picking him up at 5:30 to do a little lake fishing. Jeremy landed 3 nice trout before returning to Tongariro Lodge for a great breakfast a sleep for a few hours before a quick but unsuccessful afternoon fish.

Fishing Data

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Tongariro River
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Tauranga-Taupo River
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Guided Dave Betz and Rick Davis today back-country out of Spot X Lodge and had a pretty good first day. After a fairly latish start we hit the river around 9am and Rick was quickly on the board landing a nice 4 poundish Rainbow Trout. The trout weren’t easy but the boys still managed to hook 13 good trout averaging around 4 pounds though the landing ratio of just 3 from 13 leaves us room for some improvements in days to come. Heli fishing for the next 4 days so no reports until then.

Bryce Curle guided the other two of the four person group and managed a similar hookup rate but a higher landing ratio I am told. Bryce was guiding Larry Gordon and Bart Davies on his first fly fishing mission to New Zealand.

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Tongariro River
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Fished the Tongariro today with the Phils and it wasn’t long before Phil Norman had landed his first trout of many for the day. We fished one main pool concentrating predominantly on casting tuition for his uncle Phil who did fantastically and was already an expert and mending after 3 days fishing. After lunch we moved up river and hooked and lost 2 further trout out of different lies before hitting a couple of lies back near town resulting in another 5 hookups for Phil Norman and one for his uncle to make 7 landed from 13 hooked for the day.

The condition of the trout did appear to be better than last year and there didn’t seem to be a shortage of numbers either so it seems the fishing is on the mend and I look forward to seeing how the size improves over the next couple of years – hopefully back to a normal 4 lb average.

Fishing Data

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Tongariro River
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Tauranga-Taupo River
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2009-10-10
 

River levels had receded a little from the previous day so I picked the Phil’s up and headed out to a back-country river which was still a little high and coloured but fishable. It wasn’t long before Phil Norman managed to hook and lose his first trout. Then another 3, and then Phil Norman managed to lose one before placing a perfect cast to hard feeding Brown Trout that refused a dry several times before taking the nymph offered to him after just a couple of casts. Phil Normans uncle Phil then managed a nice brown, and Phil Norman another Nice 5 lb brown and a smaller 2 lb rainbow to make 4 landed from 13 hooked for the day.

Fishing Data

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Tongariro River
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Tauranga-Taupo River
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Picked up Phillip Norman and his Uncle Phillip (by marriage) this morning to fish flooded conditions. Phillips Uncle hereby referred to as Phil managed his first New Zealand trout on the second cast – it was an awkward spot to cast and unfortunately I had to assist with the casting in the morning due to the difficult spot we were fishing. It wasn’t long before Phil had landed most of the 6 or 7 trout he hooked for the morning with Phillip Norman not far behind.

In the afternoon we fished a different river which had receded a bit after the previous nights flood and hooked another 5, landing 3 of these to make a total of 16 hookups for the day.

Fishing Data

Time of recordings
Barometer (hPa)
Tongariro River
Flow (Cumecs)
Water Temperature(Degrees Celcius)
Tauranga-Taupo River
Height (meters above reference)
Water Temperature(Degrees Celcius)

 

 
2009-10-09
 

Picked up Peter Neil this morning from Turangi’s only 5 star Lodge – River Birches – for a day of fishing. Conditions were a little off with a lot of rain over-night – something Peter is completely familiar with after numerous trips to New Zealand. We did manage to find some back-country water that was fishable and while the fishing wasn’t ‘red hot’, Peter did manage to land several nice trout in the 3 to 5lb range after hooking ten. I would guess that Peter is fast becoming one of Australia’s foremost experts in fishing flooded New Zealand rivers!

Fishing Data

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Barometer (hPa)
Tongariro River
Flow (Cumecs)
Water Temperature(Degrees Celcius)
Tauranga-Taupo River
Height (meters above reference)
Water Temperature(Degrees Celcius)

 

 
2009-10-08
 

Went out back-country fishing today with fellow Turangi/Taupo guide and friend Bryce Curle. Conditions were a little flooded around the areas we went to explore so we fished a bit of water that we guide – normally we don’t fish over guiding water – and had a ball with 14 hookups on good sized 4 to 5lb trout out of 2 pools over 3 hours in the afternoon!

Fishing Data

Time of recordings
Barometer (hPa)
Tongariro River
Flow (Cumecs)
Water Temperature(Degrees Celcius)
Tauranga-Taupo River
Height (meters above reference)
Water Temperature(Degrees Celcius)

 

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