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The year of the cicada.
Make the most of it.
Its cicada time.

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The year of the cicada.
Sat 25th February, 2017


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Well guys... 2017 is definitely turning out to be the year of the cicada on the Tongariro. They first appeared around the second week of December last year but that early emergence soon fizzled out when the weather turned unseasonably cool and unsettled. Summer briefly returned at the beginning of February and this time huge numbers appeared overnight. Again the weather changed and to be honest I thought that was it for this year. But the recent combination of warm sunny days and scattered showers has triggered another big emergence particularly along the middle and upper river. I was up there ...
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Make the most of it.
Fri 17th February, 2017


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After heavy overnight downpours the Tongariro is flowing at just under sixty cumecs this morning but is already falling back again. The rain has eased and the sun is trying to break through but there is more wet weather forecast later today and tomorrow. The river has continued to fish well since the last report particularly for anglers using the dry or dry and dropper. Norwegian angler Tore Aalberg is a regular face on the river during February and makes the long journey every year to target Tongariro browns. I've bumped into him a few times recently and he'd either hooked or landed some dece ...
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Its cicada time.
Thu 2nd February, 2017


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Summer finally arrived last week but has just as quickly disappeared again. Looking out of the window its overcast with steady drizzle at the moment although its forecast to brighten up as we head towards the holiday weekend. The brief warm spell after the rain provided ideal conditions for cicada nymphs to burrow up from their underground chambers. And all along the river the undergrowth is littered with discarded husks. Evidence of the biggest emergence so far this summer. Numbers will probably peak {if they haven't already} over the next few days but adult cicadas live for around five weeks ...
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