It was the first time in my life that I had been Trout fishing I had no previous experience, equipment or suitable gear of my own
All I knew was that I wanted to head into the bush find a beautiful peaceful river, and try and catch a fish…or two, and boy did Jason deliver on the dream!
He provided me with all the equipment I needed (as well as a tasty packed lunch from Tracy)gave me all the helpful advice I needed (and that was a bit..) he even supplied all the support I needed(some of those river stones were slippery!)in the form of a customized Gandalf stick, broken to size from a convenient branch, and whenever I decided to slip in the river anyway A great Bear Paw of a hand would instantly shoot out from nowhere and catch me….and I’m no little feller either!
It was only a matter of minutes after a couple of practice casts that I got my first strike …..I knew this because Jason changed up a couple of gears and in a voice somewhat above a whisper mentioned STRIKE!!! Then followed with a steady stream of advice; keep your rod high!…higher!… slack the line…reel it in …keep your rod up!!let it run, keep your rod high!(I took a bit of reminding about that bit)It was the most exciting fishing I’ve ever done, this trout was a real fighter! (Jasons words not mine…seeing as I hadn’t caught one before)eventually I got it in close enough for Jason to net and even he seemed pretty pleased with it. A beautiful 6lb Rainbow…not bad for a first effort!
Man, was I stoked. After an obligatory photo shoot in which he may have become the most photographed Trout in the river …ever! We returned him, none the worse for wear to get a bit bigger for the next time. Thinking that was going to be hard to beat, I managed to catch another four, all around the 5 to 6lb mark! And one of them was a magnificent Brown.
It was a perfect day with a combination of expert tuition a bit of beginners luck and beautiful weather (he didn’t tell me how he organized that bit)
My only concern over the whole awesome day is …how the Hell am I going to be able to top it!
Rain is here again so should create some more good fishing for the next week or two.
The Tauranga Taupo river has some really good sized fish through out the river- best flies pt,s and glo bugs.
The Tongariro also has some good fish although you do need to keep moving-best flies green caddis and red copper johns,
All the river mouths going very good with very good sized fish (up to 9lbs) been landed.
Lake Otamangakau only two weeks left till the lake closes but is fishing good with snail patterns.
We are still having some great fishing in the back country- best flies hare and copper and green caddis
Don,t forget our winter special-$400.00 FOR A FULL DAYS GUIDING.
If youneed any more help ring us at TroutBeck fishing lodge (07-3868898)
Rivers are well up again so we can expect another load of fish up the rivers and should be good for the next couple of weeks.
Glo bugs and leggy bombs have been doing the damage lately.
Lake Otamangakau has still been fishing well but don,t forget it closes at the end of the month so if you are serious about catching a big trout give me a call.
All the river mouths are know fishing very well with fish hanging around wating for there spawning run.
Don,t forget about our winter special ONLY $400 FOR A FULL DAYS GUIDING.
If you need any more help give us a call at TroutBeck fishing lodge 07-3868898
Well we are back to this time of year again rain forecast and fish waiting to head up the rivers and judging by the amount of fish hanging around the mouths it should be a very good few weeks with the fish numbers been higher and the fish bigger.
The Tongariro and the Tauranga Taupo are now starting to have fresh fish trickling through and should increase dramatically with the rain that is forecast.
Lake Otamangakau is very low but is still fishing very well with a few 7 and 8 lbers been landed this week mainly on snail patterns.
Back country rivers still fishing very well with the low water levels best flies gold bead pt,s or hare and coppers.
Lake Taupo still going well for the jigging between 10 and 35m
All the river mouths fishing extremely well know with smelt and glo bug patterns.
We are running a special for (april and may only) $400.00 FOR A FULL DAYS GUIDING so make the most of the good fishing.
If you need any more help call us at TroutBeck fishing lodge (07-3868898)
Looks like the rain is coming so we should see our first lot of fresh fish up the Tongariro and the Tauranga Taupo and judging by the size of fish in the lake it will be very interesting.
The river mouths are now fishing very well again with smelt flies being the pick.
Lake Taupo still fishing well with jigging been the preferred method down at the 35m mark.
Lake Otamangakau fishing good again with lots of fish around the 7lbs mark. Snail patterns and red pt,s are doing the damage.
All the back country rivers have been fishing very well with the lack of rain. The pick of flies been hare and copper variations. Everyone who has opted for the back country has had an absolute ball.
If you need any more help or want an excellent days fishing give us a call at TroutBeck fishing lodge (07-3868898)
The good weather continues along with the wonderful fishing .
After the rain last week we have had very good numbers of good sized browns head up the rivers which has given us some exciting fishing with them taking terrestials as well as nymphs.
The Tauranga Taupo has good numbers of fish and is fishing well with dry,s ( terrestrials and humpy,s)
The Tongariro also holding good numbers with fish taking dry,s but good numbers hitting nymphs as well.
(gold bead hare and coppers with a splash of red, Pt,s and terrestrials.
Lake O as the norm for Feb is fishing very well with very good conditioned and hard fighting fish mainly taking blood worms and buzzers.
Lake Taupo still fishing as good as ever down at the 25m mark for the trawlers and the 40m mark for the jiggers.
best lure green and yellow cobra.
If you need any more help give us a call at TroutBeck fishing lodge (07-3868898)
Raining today so maybe some more bib browns will work there way up the rivers.
We have had some wonderfull dry fly fishing for the last few weeks on the Tauranga Taupo and the Tongariro with most fish taking cicada,s and caddis,s on dusk.
Lake Otamangakau as always is producing some very good sized fish and are feeding on blood worms and damsel fly nymphs make sure you give them a bit of movement.
Lake Taupo still going very well for trollers and jiggers from 20 to 45m and all smelt patterns working well. (should really hot up now with school going back).
If you need any help or want a really good days fishing give us a call at troutbeck fishing lodge.
Good weather forecast for next week so should really bring the cicada,s on again. We had an interesting day up the river yesterday with a number of fish coming up to terrestrials.
Lake Taupo is still fishing very well with some very good sized fish been caught trolling and jigging down at the 20m mark.
The Tongariro and the Tauranga Taupo both fishing well with the fish really wanting to come up to dry,s. (exciting stuff) also some good sized browns moving and feeding at the river mouths.
Lake Otamangakau fishing real well with a lot of very good conditioned fish been caught and with the water warming up the fish are taking blood worms and buzzers.
The back country rivers also going well with good numbers been landed this week and the fish really liking the gold bead flies.
We are running a special for the rest of January only $400.00 FOR A DAYS GUIDING (make the most of the good dry fly action)
If you need any more help call us at TroutBeck fishing lodge.
As you can see Lake Otamangakau is still fishing well Russ landed 9 fish for the day this was the best weighing 11lbs they were mainly caught on red PT,s.
What great weather we are having in the Great Lake district and awesome fishing to go with it. The cicada,s are getting very noisy so should get even better.
It seems that were ever you go in the river or on the lake everyone is catching we had a client over at Lake Otamangakau this morning on his first fly fishing trip his best fish landed was just under 7lbs the fish were taking blood worms and green beetle,s.
Watch out for cicada,s on the water.
The TT and the Tongariro also fishing well with lots of recovering fish with the odd fresh fish as well as a few browns moving up.
Best flies - red copper johns,hare and copper,adam,s and terrestrials.
As the weather gets hotter the back country rivers should really fire up with dry,s.
Lake Taupo fishing better than it has done for years with some very good conditioned fish been caught.
Best lures - yellow/white and green/yellow cobra,s
If you need any more help or want a really good days fishing give us a call at TroutBeck fishing lodge