November 2016 Tongariro river fly fishing trip

Tongariro river caught brown trout

26 November 2016


I was lucky enough to be guiding on the mighty Tongariro River in perfect conditions last week the river had flooded a few days before to 228 cumecs and was down to 40 cumecs the day we fished it.

Because the river was a little high first thing we started on one of the braided areas of the river fishing a white caddis and glo bug under a indicator well we hooked up straight away on the caddis we ended up landing 10 or so from the first spot in some very shallow water that most people wouldn't even fish.

We carried on up the river and as the river seem to be clearing switch to a rainbow bead nymph and a little copper john with devastating effects by the time we finished this spot the boys had landed 25 fish including a nice 6 lb brownie. After a lovely lunch on the edge of the river we crossed to one of my favourite spots and as soon as we got there we noticed fish every where in the shallows we fished the big pool for an hour or so and landed another 10 or so with multiple double hook ups from the boys.

We stalked our way up the river and found some rising fish in very shallow water so switched over to a dry a parachute adams and it didn't take long for Brian to land his first ever fish on a dry fly WAAHOO!!!! we ended up with a further dozen or so on the dry what a day we ended up with 46 lovely fish.

The 2nd day I took the boys up to the magic Lake Otamangakau another top day they landed 10 great fish including two 8lbers and a lovely 6lber

The central North island New Zealand at it's best.

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