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More browns move up.
Fresh.
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Work on the Ark halted.
Fri 14th April, 2017


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SO HOW GOOD ARE NEW ZEALAND WEATHER FORECASTS? Although many parts of New Zealand unfortunately bore the full brunt of ex-tropical cyclone Cook it actually wasn't too bad here in Turangi. The predicted record rainfall and storm force winds never came too much and work on "the Ark" was halted Friday evening. The Tongariro peaked at just over 80 cumecs and although it was running brown due to some slips upstream, by the next day it was perfectly fishable. Those flows have now halved and we have a mixture of sunshine and heavy showers so far today... with much more settled weather on the cards fo ...
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More browns move up.
Mon 10th April, 2017


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With the scheduled tunnel inspection still underway flows remain higher than normal on the Tongariro. After a fresh, things are usually back to "normal" by now but with no intervention possible from Genesis Energy the river is "sticking" and dropping back much more slowly. The fresh encouraged more fish to move up and there have been some superb browns landed ... and lost. I fished with Mike and Andrew both days and all of us had a few mid-water releases. Dave pictured right, got on the river early Saturday morning and was rewarded with this cracking seven and a half pound hen. And I have to s ...
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Fresh.
Wed 5th April, 2017


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The rain hammered down for most of yesterday and right through the night, with torrential downpours. When I awoke this morning and checked the flow graph I fully expected it to be double the actual reading. Because at around 5.00 am it was under 200 cumecs. By the time I drove up to Red Hut Bridge at 10.00 am that had increased to just over three hundred. The rain has eased right off at present but there is more heavy rain forecast countrywide until later this evening. This could still turn out to be a significant fresh ... with rain and showers not expected to clear completely until Saturday. ...
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Five of the best Tongariro nymphs.
Mon 3rd April, 2017


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Some quite nice rainbows getting caught since the last report. Grant from Creel tackle showed me a pic of one he'd landed on the upper river which must have been over five pound. And there are plenty of reports from other anglers of similar fish caught elsewhere on the river. Dave Ware a retired firefighter from the USA landed this one in Boulder Reach. Personally I've found the town pools a little slow and have done better on the middle and upper river which seems to bear out what others are saying. The next couple of months is usually the best time of year for browns ... and anglers fishing ...
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