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Still a bit slow after the fresh.
Thu 14th June, 2018


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Again this week not that much to write about since the last report.

Like everyone else I was hoping the little fresh we had earlier this week might have kicked things off a bit. Unfortunately that doesn't seem to be the case so far.

Anglers fishing the bridge pools this morning did ok and I saw a fish or two caught from both banks.

But there was a lot of casting between takes...and I think that pretty much sums up the fishing on the rest of the Tongariro at present.


Now that the river has settled back its flowing that nice creamy green color and looks spot on for the weekend. But I have a feeling it probably won't be easy and as long as you're prepared for that you won't go away disappointed.

There are still plenty of browns to be caught especially between town and the middle river. With stretches like the Hydro, Boulevard and Stag all worth trying for them.

Judges used to be my go to pool for browns but it doesn't seem to throw them out like it used to.


I spent the morning there yesterday and had a few fish but it was pretty slow. Although this one took the jelly egg I'm still doing better with naturals ... mostly caddis. Turn over a couple of rocks and you'll notice that most of the nymphs are quite small now but there are plenty of caddis. Some of these probably equate to a size 12 or even a size 10 hook and if I were a trout and had the choice of a tiny nymph or a big juicy caddis larvae I know which one I'd go for.

On the way back I stopped above the bridge for a bit of Czech nymphing and caught the fish below ...twice! It must have really liked my flies because first time it had the caddis in its mouth. And then ten minutes later it picked up the Copper Bead Head.

The majority of anglers will understandably be reaching for the globugs now. But until we get more spawning fish in the river it can still pay to mix things up a bit and match the most ...particularly if its slow going. There's always a lot of greeny brown /dark olive Rhyacophila caddis in the river at this time of year and trout luv em. The color can vary, but one thing that stands out is the body segmentation and lack of any obvious sign of gills. This gives them a worm like appearance and in many parts of the world they're more commonly known as " rock worm".

I've done alright using the "rib" cut from the wrist of a latex glove for the segmented body. Which you can color with a marker. But there are dozens of videos on the Internet to choose from and you haven't got to be to fussy with them.

I think I mentioned last time that in recent years things haven't switched on properly until the very end of June ... but you never know.

Mild with bits and pieces of rain for the weekend with a return to colder weather from the middle of next week.


Tight lines guys

Mike
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