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Tongariro River Pools Ratings

The ratings of the Tongariro River pools shown here are based on feedback from anglers staying at the Tongariro River Motel

To see the conditions of the river visit the River Birches Lodge webcam on the Birches Pool

  Scoring

The seven categories were scored as follows:

Category  Description
Out of
 Access  3 indicates good car and foot access; 0 indicates poor access.
3
 Difficulty  Reported difficulties getting the fly to the fish or finding the lie.
2
 Setting  Scored for natural beauty and pure enjoyment

3

 Reliability  Indicates reliability as a top producing pool all year round.

9

 Snags  No likelihood of snags scores 1; if known for snag(s) score 0.

1

 Wading  If waders are not needed, score 1; if difficult to wade then 0.

1

 Pressure  If a pool is too popular and regularly crowded, score 0

1

 Total  The closer to 20, the better overall rating the pool received. 20

 

Pool Access Difficulty Setting Reliability Snags Wading Pressure Total
 Marks out of (3) (2) (3) (9) (1) (1) (1) (20)
 Fence Pool 1 1 3 5 0 0 1 11
 Sand Pool
1 1 3 4 1 0 1 11
 Blue Pool 3 1 3 5 1 0 1 14
 Boulder Pool 0 1 3 4 1 0 1 10
 Big Bend Pool 1 2 3 5 1 1 1 14
 Cliff Pool 1 1 3 3 1 0 1 10
 Boulder Reach-LHS 1 2 3 8 1 0 0 15
 Boulder Reach-RHS 0 2 3 7 1 0 1 14
 Poutu 0 1 3 4 1 0 1 10
 Waddells 0 1 3 3 1 0 1 9
 Red Hut 2 2 3 4 1 1 0 13
 Shag Hut 1 2 3 5 1 0 1 13
 Duchess 1 1 3 4 1 0 1 11
 Silly 0 2 3 4 1 0 1 11
 Upper Birches 1 2 3 6 1 0 1 14
 Lower Birches-LHS 1 2 3 5 1 0 1 13
 Lower Birches-RHS 0 2 3 5 1 0 1 12
 Barlows-RHS 0 2 3 4 1 0 1 11
 Cattle Rustlers 0 2 3 7 1 0 1 14
 Stag-LHS 3 2 3 3 1 0 1 13
 Stag-RHS 0 2 3 5 0 0 1 11
 Cicada (under cliff) 1 2 3 4 1 0 1 12
 Admirals 0 2 3 6 1 0 1 13
 Kamahi 1 2 3 5 1 0 1 13
 Neverfail 0 1 3 5 1 0 1 11
 Hydro 3 2 2 7 1 0 0 15
 Breakfast 3 2 3 6 1 1 0 16
 Major Jones 2 2 3 8 1 0 0 16
 Judges 3 2 1 6 1 1 1 15
 Lonely 0 1 2 3 1 0 1 8
 Bridge 3 2 1 5 1 1 1 14
 Lower Bridge-LHS 3 2 1 9 1 1 0 17
 Lower Bridge-RHS 3 0 1 8 1 1 0 14
 Swirl 3 1 1 4 1 0 1 11
 Honeypot 2 2 2 1 6 0 0 1 12
 Plank - LHS 0 2 1 6 1 0 0 10
 Plank - RHS 2 0 1 5 1 1 0 10
 Bain 3 2 1 4 1 0 1 12
 Log 0 2 1 5 0 0 1 9
 Reed 0 2 1 6 0 0 1 10
 Jones 0 2 1 5 0 0 1 9
 Bends 0 2 0 6 0 0 1 9
 Delatours 0 1 0 5 0 0 1 7

 

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