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Taupo fishing report, 17 Aug 2016
by Gary Lyttle, Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

Winter fishing continues to go well now with some longer periods of cold and wet weather to get a few fresh fish running, last weeks rain came right at the start of the weekend so put a lot of rivers up and dirty but by Monday and Tuesday they were looking good and the fishing improved dramatically.

Most anglers coming through the shop Monday onwards were reporting some great fishing with not too many other anglers around on most of the rivers, even the Hinemaiaia had a quiet start to the week with some quality fish showing up, a lot of the standard stamp of runners are now finding their way up that are averaging 2-3lb but better numbers.

The Tauranga-Taupo despite some coloured water also had some good numbers go through although reports are that a lot these Tauranga-Taupo fish have been on the small side.

The Tongariro continues to have quite consistent levels and has been having some steady runs through the whole winter length early morning wet liners have been getting some better quality fish. Due to the high levels the wet liners are still having a ball on the receding levels with nympher’s doing better as the water clears and during the main part of the day.

Caddis has been playing a larger part of the diet during these high flows and many fish caught are actively spewing out balls of semi digested green, white and buff coloured Caddis.

If you come across fish that are actively feeding but ignoring the eggs then you need to try some caddis patterns as the fish can become quite preoccupied with this huge and easy protein intake for them.
The weather looks to be quite settled for the coming weekend so hopefully we should have some half decent conditions for fishing over the next few days, the river levels are remaining higher for longer now as the lake level is now very high and holding river water for longer allowing some more consistent runs of fresh fish. We hope!  it’s been a long time coming this year.

River mouths have been a little hit and miss with dramatically fluctuating rips as the weather and rising lake levels have affected them you really just need to get out and give them as go and take your chance some nights have been all on!  other nights, hardly a fish seen.

Taupo fishing report, 1 Aug 2016
by Gary Lyttle, Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

Well you would have to say that winter has finally arrived here in Taupo, the last couple of weeks of pretty inclement weather have switched the green light to go for some pretty reasonable numbers of fresh fish to run the system. Most of our local rivers responded really well with some pretty impressive reports of some very good sport being enjoyed out there this last week.

With the extra high and coloured water the wet liners have been having a ball swinging some big flies that as always seems to work on the larger fish and this week has been no exception. We have seen some pretty impressive photos this week and what stands out is the sheer quality of fish that are being caught at the moment, big silver bars broad across the shoulders and full of fight. If we are to take a positive from the late start this year then these quality fish that have been feeding hard out in the lake are certainly making up for the wait.

The Tongariro has had some good runs through now and fish can be found pretty much throughout the length from below the town bridge all the way up to the limit. All methods are working at the moment take your pick, traditional nymph and indicator, wet line, switch , czech, you name it, if you fancy trying something new then now is the time to try it.

The Tauranga-Taupo has had some pretty high flows this this last week and has remained quite dirty for long periods but there have been some pretty impressive runs through of the classic Tauranga-Taupo silver bullets going through for those prepared to walk and stay on the move.

The Hinemaiaia continues to fish well, good number on some days but tailing off quickly on others, some excellent quality fish sporadically showing up still, very busy river now with lots of pressure most of the week, worrying amount of shags now on this river harrying the fish trying to spawn in the shallows, quite a few fish with sceptic wounds on them from these birds.

All to look forward to now as winter hopefully has arrived, in saying that we had brief sunny period the other day on the river and witnessed a caddis hatch and a couple of fish up for the emergers for a half hour or so.

Taupo fishing report, 25 May 2016
by Gary Lyttle, Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

Well, we had the rain we asked for thank goodness, nd judging by the continued low level of the lake we need a lot more to start to back up and retain some of the water in the rivers to really get the runs going, according the weather forecast this week that’s exactly what were about to get.

The fishing this week has been good with reasonable numbers of fish caught in most local rivers, not the numbers yet but certainly some big quality jacks coming through to make the day worthwhile, I always love this time of year when there are no crowds as yet and the rivers start to get a good scouring and cleaning from the extra flows.

You can very often catch the biggest fish of the winter on these early runs as some very good fish come through before the main runs start in earnest.

It seems that all methods have been catching fish as the river levels have fluctuated, the wet line has been killer in the dirty water and early mornings with the bomb and egg doing well as the water starts to drop, the heavy nymph and natural have been going well as the water clears, Caddis will once again be high on the menu as the flows increase a great nymph that very often gets little use.

The river mouths should start to fire very soon as we are now out of the moon phase and have some low pressure forecast for quite a while. Black Rabbits and Buggers and various lumo and night time flies will all work well from now on.

I had a walk up the Hinemaiaia this week and was amazed at the work the volunteers have done to clean up the car parks, not a piece of litter to be seen anywhere on any track or car park spot, not even a cigarette butt. I could not believe the mess that was left for the locals to clear up after last winter so thank you guys, great job, greatly appreciated.

More rain coming, for the weekend, more fish, so get out and give it a go while its nice and quiet.
Tight Lines All
Gary Lyttle

Taupo fishing report, 13 April 2016
by Gary Lyttle, Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

What an amazing start to the winter fishing here in Taupo, the reports continue to relay great fly fishing on most of our local spawning streams now with good numbers showing very early for the time of year, not only are the numbers good but the size and quality of the fish being caught have been exceptional.

The Tongariro continues to have a really amazing run of stunning brown trout still running through the system we are definitely starting to be the envy of the fly fishing world with so many stunning wild brown trout now in the fishery.

The Tauranga-Taupo also continues to have fish running throughout the length from the bridge all the way up although the fishing has reportedly slowed a little as the water level has receded, lots of fresh silver bullets of between two and four pound being caught and back to the condition we have come to expect of Tauranga-Taupo fish.

The Hinemaiaia has good numbers of fish in the river now though surprisingly a good number of dark spent fish are showing already so the Hinemaiaiahas had some very early runs this year. You can clearly see the reds and spawning areas now with many fish in the act of spawning so please be careful not to wade through these areas and walk round and target the fresh runners, they will give a far better account of themselves.

The Waitahanui has also enjoyed some excellent fishing over the last week or so with some stunning rainbows being caught all the way from the bridge up. The big browns are still showing up but are getting increasingly challenging as the winter fishing pressure increases, the river mouth itself has been on and off as a there has been a big moon to contend with this week but on the overcast nights there have been some very good fish caught.

The weather forecast as I write is for more rain this week increasing toward the weekend so you if you haven't already been out there yet get those waders and jackets on and get out and enjoy some world class fly fishing in our stunning Taupo outdoors.

Taupo fishing report, 13 April 2016
by Gary Lyttle, Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

Fishing out on the great lake has been good this last week or so with quite a few hardy souls getting up at the crack of dawn to enjoy some early season harling. Good numbers and quality fish are showing up at around the 5-7 meter mark in the mornings, Green Orbit, Rabbits, Parsons Glory and Ginger Mick have all been successful flies this week.

Trolling has been quite mixed with the ever changing winds at the moment but those prepared to keep moving and chopping and changing fishing depths have been rewarded with some good fishing.

A mixed bag quality wise but no more than expected for this time of year. The local fly fishing just continues to astound us this year with significant runs still coming through, if you consider that the runs started as early as April this year and are still going strong as we head into Septmber /October it has been quite amazing.

Quite a few spent and darker fish will now start to appear as the spawned fish start to return back to the lake.

Many of us will now be planning our trips for the start of the new season I hope we don’t get to much in the way of prolonged rain fall between now and October as the rivers should be in tip top order for October 1st, be aware that some waters don’t open until December 1st it’s up to you to check the regulations on the area you intend to fish.

Fish and Game National licences are now available both online or from the shop

 

Taupo fishing report, 5 April 2016
by Gary Lyttle, Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

Steady fishing out on the lake at the moment with a good mixture of size and quality of fish being caught. Jigging seems to be the way at the moment at around 20-30 meters , in saying that we have had some excellent reports from the harlers this last week just fishing in as little as 20 feet and less, small smelt patterns and Green Orbits seem to be doing the damage at the moment even during the middle of the day.

Fly fishing is going through its Summer /Autumnal change at the moment as the temperatures start to drop you can expect to catch more on the nymph as the dry fly action just starts to slow down, we do however have some very good Mayfly hatches yet to come on the right days so don’t put the dry fly box away quite yet.

Local rivers are still very low and clear and in need of some good rain to give them a good flush and clean, we can expect to see a few early spawners arriving once the flows increase and the weather gets colder.

The odd Mayfly Spinner fall can still give the dry fly angler an hour or two of sport on the warmer and calmer evenings after work.

Back country fly fishing has been good in between fluctuating levels, there are some awesome conditioned fish that are in pristine condition out there at the moment after a summer gorging big Cicadas they really are stunning to look at this time of year and full of fight. You will need to lighten your leaders and go smaller with your flies as some rivers have had quite a bit of pressure over the summer.

The river mouths have been a little hit and miss but when the fish have been there the quality has been really good with reports of some excellent solid rainbows stripping line and backing out to the horizon.

Rainbow

Craig Cunningham from USA with an Autumn Rainbow 

Taupo fishing report, 8 March 2016
by Gary Lyttle, Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

Fishing out on the lake continues to improve as the weather starts to cool things down a little and holiday boat traffic has eased. Downrigger and jigging are still top methods out there at the moment with some exceptional fish being caught this last week jigging. 35 meters stills seems to be the general depth they are finding fish at the moment, Harling has been going well with some good quality fish showing up at the change of light especially for the early birds.

As we had hoped, the better fishing is going to be at the back end of the season with the best yet to come.

Cicadas have now started to slow down as the temperatures start to go down the scale but what a season it was, probably one of the best for many a year for the fly fishers. Fish are still looking up as we head straight in to some great mayfly action this week and quite a few fish now turning their  attention to the lace moth.

Fish are now in great condition and even the smaller ones are giving a great account of themselves when hooked on light dry fly gear.

It’s a great time of year for the fly fisher locally as the crowds are now gone and we can have some awesome sport and lots of space to explore,  riffles will still be the place to find feeding fish and now is a good time to think about hanging a nymph under the dry as a backup until they start rising.

Cold starts to the day are just a reminder that winter is just round the corner but I must admit I am actually looking forward to winters now as the fishing has been so good.

Taupo fishing report, 25 Jan 2016
by Gary Lyttle, Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

Fishing out on the lake has been very good for most, but the quality of some of the fish being caught so late into summer has been of some concern, in saying that there has also been good numbers of absolute crackers being caught on all methods.

Downriggers and trollers are finding fish quite deep now at around 120 foot mark, bright lures seem to be popular at the moment, any of the lemon / white , orange, and flashy silver type Cobras seem to be going well.

Harling is still going well at first and last light, with std Green Orbit and Red Bodied Green Orbit doing the damage.

Jigging is just coming into its own now as the fish are driven down to thermocline levels with the rapid increase in lake temperature. All manner of Pat Swift jig flies are taking fish at the moment and we expect it to get better for the jiggers as we head into February, 35 -40 meters seems to be the killer depths at the moment of course there will be exceptions and you may have to go even deeper or shallower you just have to stay on the move to find them.

Fly fishing has just boomed this last week as we can safely at last say we have cicadas this year !

Fish have immediately starting turning their attention upward and have been smashing the big dries with gusto. Judging by the amount of big dry flies we are selling all of a sudden you can say its happening pretty much everywhere.

It has been a few years since we had a decent cicada year so we all hope this continues on through the remainder of the summer .

Taupo fishing report, 17 Nov 2015
by Gary Lyttle, Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

Yet more unsettled weather has led again to some pretty patchy fishing out on the lake over the last week.  Top method at the moment remains trolling a full lead line that covers the wider array of depths that we seem to be finding fish at the moment.

Harling is still going well early morning before the winds pick up, fish have been reported to be a little on the small side at the moment but in good condition. Small pockets of smelting activity are being reported here and there but nothing yet of any real consequence.

Been a bit windy for the jiggers so only a few brave souls reporting back this week to say they have been catching but still quite patchy on the whole. Local fly fishing has been steady with some nice fish being caught now as fish are starting to condition up.

The local river mouths had a little spike of activity after the rain at the start of the week we had reports the river mouths fished well with some better quality fish showing up later into dark.

Some of the back country rivers have been looking quite skinny recently with the lack of rain hopefully this week’s forecast of further rain will go towards giving them  a much needed top up as we head into what has been forecast as a long dry summer ahead.

Dry fly fishing has also been put back whilst the inclement weather persists although we have started to get a few fish looking up and coming to the dry over the last few days in the more sheltered areas, so bring on the summer ---- soon!

Taupo visitor Craig Cunningham with a cracking early season Rainbow

Taupo visitor Craig Cunningham with a cracking early season Rainbow

Taupo fishing report, 10 Nov 2015
by Gary Lyttle, Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

Fishing on the Great Lake is just starting to improve as we head towards summer, harling locally has been very rewarding for the early birds over the last couple of weeks and it seems to be carrying on for longer periods during the day at the moment. Locals are reporting catching at odd times through out  the entire day , some have said that they may have had to fish  just a little deeper to stay in touch, good news for those that like to harl but not serious enough to get up at 5.00 am.

Trolling has been a little hit and miss for many, those that are continually chopping and changing depth are the one’s that have been successful this last few weeks. Worth noting that we have had quite a few reports of trollers finding good numbers of fish at between 15 and 20 meters deep which ties in with what the Harlers have been saying of how shallow they have been finding fish this last week or so.

Jigging has started to improve a little but it is still very early to capitalize on any type of thermocline yet, but it has to be said that it is certainly and improvement on a month or so ago.

Fly fishing continues to go well with all sorts of activity just starting up, we have the evening rise about to get going in full swing, we have the brown beetle hatch underway and some very encouraging reports of staggering mayfly activity at the moment.

Most local rivers are now low and clear and fish are going to be challenging, the Tongariro would be my choice at the moment as it has a good mixture of fresh, resident and mending in the river and offers one of the best prospects of early dry fly activity. 

Back country rivers are all at good levels as we speak and the fishing has been very good although some are saying that fish are still a little under conditioned, hopefully this will change rapidly now that we have more settled weather lower flows  and good insect activity on the go.

Marc Clinch

Marc Clinch from Fly and Gun with a nice back-country rainbow.

Taupo fishing report, 13 Oct 2015
by Gary Lyttle, Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

Quite a mixed week for the fishing out on the lake, changing weather and wind and perhaps even the odd earth quake has made this week quite challenging fishing for some. The early morning harlers are still going well at first light, very often the lake has been quite calm before sunrise allowing a good couple of hours in gentle conditions before the wind arrives, Green Orbit,Rabbits, Parsons Glory and Ginger Mick have all been going well.

Jigging still very hit and miss at the moment until we see the lake start to thermocline a little.

Trolling with the lead line has been one of the more consistent methods the last few weeks with Spotty Gold, Traffic Light and Rastafarian doing the damage.

Local fly fishing has been going well with plenty of fish in most rivers but many of those fish are now very dark returning spent fish that are not worth pursuing if you want fish for the table.

The national trout season is now underway and reports have been quite encouraging so far, once again the weather is still very changeable and not all fish are in good condition yet after the rigours of a long winter. There are however very early reports of rising fish here and there and sporadic hatches of early mayfly and caddis on the warmer and more settled periods of weather, it won’t be long now until we get some more consistent and prolonged hatches so we can soon dust off the dry fly rods and get excited about some serious top of the water action.

Taupo fishing report, 9 Sept 2015
by Gary Lyttle, Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

Fishing out on the great lake has been good this last week or so with quite a few hardy souls getting up at the crack of dawn to enjoy some early season harling. Good numbers and quality fish are showing up at around the 5-7 meter mark in the mornings, Green Orbit, Rabbits, Parsons Glory and Ginger Mick have all been successful flies this week.

Trolling has been quite mixed with the ever changing winds at the moment but those prepared to keep moving and chopping and changing fishing depths have been rewarded with some good fishing.

A mixed bag quality wise but no more than expected for this time of year. The local fly fishing just continues to astound us this year with significant runs still coming through, if you consider that the runs started as early as April this year and are still going strong as we head into Septmber /October it has been quite amazing.

Quite a few spent and darker fish will now start to appear as the spawned fish start to return back to the lake.

Many of us will now be planning our trips for the start of the new season. I hope we don’t get to much in the way of prolonged rain fall between now and October as the rivers should be in tip top order for October 1st, be aware that some waters don’t open until December 1st it’s up to you to check the regulations on the area you intend to fish.

Taupo fishing report, 13 Aug 2015
by Gary Lyttle, Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

The local winter fly fishing has been nothing short of phenomenal this year and it continues on as we still see strong runs of fresh fish coming through  the system this last week after the recent fresh. Quite a few anglers were commenting on things starting to slow down before the last rain and perhaps we were seeing an early slowing down after what was a very early start to the winter runs this year.

Those fears have been allayed this week as the Tauranga-Taupo, Hinemaiaia, Tongariro and many of the smaller tributaies had good solid runs through midweek. We are now starting to see some of those larger back end trout coming through amongst the regular bullets, and also, as expected, quite a few darker coloured fish returning back to the lake. Hopefully we don’t get too much in the way of heavy floods between now and spring and this will hopefully mean that more fish will remain in the system and start to feed on naturals in the rivers giving some potentially great dry fly sport late spring time.

The continued heavier flows have meant that many of the reds have been dislodged and many fish are being caught spewing out roe hence the sheer numbers of fish being caught on the eggs now.

If things start to slow down during the day on the eggs then a change to smaller naturals will invariably get you in the money again.

The awesome fishing we have been experiencing has also meant a large increase in very welcome visitors to the area, please note, if your new to the winter fishing scene remember there is an etiquette on the winter rivers that you move through the pools, if you see people waiting below you then they are expecting you to work your way up through the pool, and vice versa for the wet liners This allows everybody to fish in different places and have a fair crack at the river as a whole. Having anglers hog one area all day causes friction and is so easily avoided.  

Wet lining continues to grow in popularity once again even on the smaller rivers as the levels have remained quite high suiting the method, and the advent of the smaller two handed rods that make it all very easy from any type of bank and also the availability now of many forms of sink tips and line sets up’s to suit all conditions it can be a very relaxing way to fish but also very exciting as the takes are so ferocious and more often than not it’s the larger fish that get caught on the big lures whilst wet lining.

More rain forecast once again this weekend so it should be all on once again.
Tight Lines to all

Taupo fishing report, 8 July 2015
by Gary Lyttle, Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

The rain that was forecast last week arrived as advertised and the fishing continued to impress all those lucky enough to be out on the higher flows, the good thing we notice now is that due to the high water level in the lake the rivers are retaining the higher flows for quite a while longer and extending the runs over a number of days, we still can’t say that one river is performing any better than another as they all still seem to be holding good numbers of fish.

The river mouths started to perform a little better this week as the low pressure arrived and we had a number of good reports from most of the local mouths.

We are now in true winter mode and many of the reds will have been affected by floods at some stage or other and many trout eggs will have been made available naturally to trout during these higher flows and fresh fish and recovering fish returning back to the lake will seek them out readily as a huge source of protein so the Glo Bug or Egg pattern will be a first choice for many anglers, general rule of thumb is the bigger and dirtier the river the bigger and brighter the egg pattern as the river lowers and clears then go smaller.

In low and very clear conditions then naturals such as Hare and Copper, Quazimodo, Flash Backs and Caddis in #14 and #16 will go better.

Wet lining is now making quite a comeback with the continued higher levels we are having using Rabbits, Buggers, and various Streamers  same rule applies here, big and dark flies for high dirty water going smaller as the water recedes and clears.

More rain this week as forecast so hopefully we can continue to expect the same fantastic fishing this weekend.

Taupo fishing report, 1 July 2015
by Gary Lyttle, Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

The rivers have now finally settled down to a very fishable level and at the time of writing they are all running clear once again.

A good time to be out and investigate just how much your local river has been changed with the recent high flows, as always there will be favourite spots that are no more and new ones that  look twice as inviting so there is always some good news with the bad  it’s all part of the winter fishing scene that makes it all so interesting, finding new holding areas and new pools and runs that were previously walked past are now suddenly good holding areas and snag free riffles and runs, another issue to take advantage of as the rivers clear is new crossing points and check the old ones are still safe to cross.

As predicted in last week’s report we had a few bonanza days of fishing leading up to the weekend with lots of very happy anglers reporting some stunning fishing with lots of pictures of good solid fish in the five and six pound bracket with the odd one going even bigger, not only good numbers and size but in top class condition.

Most local rivers responded well , some took longer than others to become fishable and the levels stayed quite high throughout the week which seemed to spread the good fishing right out over the weekend.

We have a very windy week with us at the moment with rain forecast for Friday so as long as it’s not too heavy we could be in for the same all over again this weekend , it really has been an amazing start to the winter fishing let’s hope it carries on.

Taupo fishing report, 6 May 2015
by Gary Lyttle, Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

Well we asked for rain!! at the time of writing most local rivers are well and truly very high and coloured so not too much to report back on this week except to say that if you are going to be around at the latter part of this week and the weekend you could well expect some bonanza fishing  to be had locally as we would expect some pretty serious numbers of fresh fish to have ran during those high levels.

Wetliners have been doing well on the Tongariro as this river had good wetlining water from as early as Tuesday this week , you will need to keep an eye on the rest of the local river levels but would expect most to be in tip top order by the weekend providing the heavy rain stays away.

Be also aware that a lot of debris will have possibly moved around with the rising levels and be especially careful with your wading, take a wading staff with you to make sure you are not going to get tangled in any fallen branches or trip over new rocks and obstacles that may now be in an area that you thought you previously might have been confident wading in.

The lake has been fishing quite well in between the weather, those that have braved the conditions have found the fishing challenging but very rewarding with some very nice conditioned fish, the down rigger tends to be the go at the moment at around 120 feet with Spotty Gold, Orange and Gold, Traffic Light and smaller Black Toby doing the damage.

On the calmer days we have reports that Harling quite deep with three or four colours has been very successful for some of the locals using, Parsons Glory, Ginger Mick,Yellow Rabbits and smaller Olive and Black Wooly Buggers.

River mouths still remain quite up and down and will now have some debris to contend with for a while, but always worth a go now at any time of the day.

Just a reminder that your Taupo Licence is due for renewal at the end of this month.

Taupo fishing report, 6 May 2015
by Gary Lyttle, Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

What an amazing start to the winter fishing here in Taupo, the reports continue to relay great fly fishing on most of our local spawning streams now with good numbers showing very early for the time of year, not only are the numbers good but the size and quality of the fish being caught have been exceptional. The Tongariro continues to have a really amazing run of stunning brown trout still running through the system we are definitely starting to be the envy of the fly fishing world with so many stunning wild brown trout now in the fishery.

The Tauranga-Taupo also continues to have fish running throughout the length from the bridge all the way up although the fishing has reportedly slowed a little as the water level has receded. Lots of fresh silver bullets of between two and four pound being caught and back to the condition we have come to expect of Tauranga-Taupo fish.

The Hinemaiaia has good numbers of fish in the river now though surprisingly a good number of dark spent fish are showing already so the Hinemaiaia has had some very early runs this year, you can clearly see the reds and spawning areas now with many fish in the act of spawning, please be careful not to wade through these areas walk round and target the fresh runners.  They will give a far better account of themselves. 

The Waitahanui has also enjoyed some excellent fishing over the last week or so with some stunning Rainbows being caught all the way from the bridge up. The big browns are still showing up but are getting increasingly challenging as the winter fishing pressure increases. The river mouth itself has been on and off as a there has been a big moon to contend with this week  but on the overcast nights there have been some very good fish caught.

The weather forecast as I write is for more rain this week increasing toward the weekend so you if you haven’t  already been out there yet get those waders and jackets on and get out and enjoy some world class fly fishing in our stunning Taupo outdoors .

Taupo fishing report, 22 April 2015
by Gary Lyttle, Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

What a difference a bit of rain can make! as predicted most local rivers responded well to a very welcome down pour or two over the last week or so. What we didn’t predict was just how many fish would run those first few days as the levels receded, we had reports from all the local rivers that good numbers of fresh fish went through pretty much the whole system with reports of the Tauranga-Taupo firing on all cylinders from the car park all the way up. The Waitahanui has also been going well with some very good quality rainbows coming from the river and also at the mouth.

The Tongariro has also been having some sparodic runs of fresh fish coming through and I expect will continue to remain consistent as other rivers may peter off again until the next fresh comes through.

The lake fishing continues to go well with the downrigger being the most consistent method now, depths of around 120 to 140 feet seems to be the go and the Traffic Light, Baby Brown, Green and Gold Cobras doing the damage.

Jigging is still going well but catch rates are dropping now as fish start to move around at differing levels, numbers may be down slightly for the jiggers but quality seems to remain very high.

Harling early morning continues to remain productive for those prepared to brave the cold early starts before sunrise, Green Orbit, Olive Woolly Bugger, Parsons Glory and Red Bodied Green Orbit seem to be doing the damage in the smaller sizes.
More rain please !

Taupo fishing report, 16 April 2015
by Gary Lyttle, Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

Fishing out on the lake has once again improved this week, we have had some very good reports of good numbers and some very good quality fish being taken by the trollers over the last few days, big schools of smelt are being seen at varying depths, but the 120 to 140 feet mark still seems to be the best depths to fish.

Traffic light,Baby Brown, and Green and Gold Cobras seem to be doing a lot of the damage , it seems that the last few days of cold and rain have freshened up the lake and got them hungry and willing to chase.

Harling continues to go well especially out from the river mouth entrances and around the drop off areas once again it’s the early birds that are getting the best sport at sun up.
Been a bit rough for most of the jiggers this week  but those that braved the weather had some good sport certainly not the numbers of summer but some good quality fish and well worth the effort.

The river mouths are now starting to improve again now the moon has changed they have also had some very fresh weather to get the first winter runs going through and some very good quality rainbows have been coming out from Waitahanui and also Hatepe.
Still very much a lottery at the mouths and no real pattern to what time is best you just simply need to get out and give it a go.

Local fly fishing  had a bit of a boost after the first real fresh for some time, reports of fresh fish running most local rivers this week although not massive numbers yet, a sign that winter is just around the corner and hopefully we can look forward to another fantastic winter’s fishing like we had last year here in Taupo.

Taupo fishing report, 1 April 2015

by Gary Lyttle, Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

The good fishing out on the lake (Lake Taupo) continues on this last week with reports of some excellent quality fish being caught with bellies crammed with smelt.

Trolling at depths between 100 and 120 feet seems to be the area they have been at, Spotty Gold, Rastafarian,Traffic Light and Baby Brown have been some of the top lures used this week. Golden Mile, White Cliffs, Rangatira Point,and Mine Bay have been some of the better areas locally to try.

Jigging continues to go well although numbers seem to be down a little now as the water temperatures start to mix and cool down a little, the quality however of some of the fish caught jigging this week has been outstanding.

Local fly fishing continues to be good as we head towards winter with cooling temperatures and more actively feeding fish, I see that we have had a few smatterings of fresh spawners entering the system after the cold snap we had a week or so ago , quite early and not big numbers but good fish all the same, I witnessed two, big, bright red flanked Jacks having  and almighty scrap in the Waitahanui the other day, quite a spectacle and completely oblivious to us watching then just a rod length away.

River mouths are fishing quite well at the moment and at very varying times of day although the change of light period is always going to be the best time to be out there. Small boobies and dark coloured Woolly Buggers and small Rabbits seem to be going well this time of day and more Smelt type flies are best during the daylight hours.

Back country fishing can be at its best at this time of year as the rivers cool down and the flows start to increase again the fish will be willing to feed hard to put weight on for the winter.

The odd bit of dry fly activity will continue especially on the spring creeks but on the Rain fed rivers the nymph is more likely to bring success now.

A great time of year to be out there and with the Easter break upon us get out there and enjoy the stunning Taupo outdoors.

Taupo fishing report, 23 March 2015

by Gary Lyttle, Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

Fishing out on the lake (Lake Taupo) has been pretty good for most anglers over the last week or two , Trolling with the down rigger at around the 30 meter mark has been the sort of depth where it’s been happening , Spotty Gold, Green and Red, and Yellow and White Cobras have been some of the top lures used.

Lots of schools of smelt showing up on the sounders which is always good to hear.
Jigging has also been going really well with some very good quality fish showing up at most of the local hotspots. Pat Swift smelt patterns in size 10 have been the killers with a small Green woolly or the likes on the  bottom dropper.

Local fly fishing has been really good this last few weeks despite low conditions we have seen very healthy numbers of giant-sized brown trout entering the local rivers for a number of weeks now, the Tongariro in particular has had some monsters seen and caught, this is just fantastic news for the fishery, how many places in the world can you target so many world class trophy wild brown trout within such a short drive from home? I hope those large healthy specimens get returned to keep the genetics going for years to come for others to enjoy in the future.

The river mouth fishing has been a little up and down but on the days when they are firing some very good fishing has been had with some very fat Rainbows being caught to a variety of different lines and lures.

Back country fishing has been awesome this summer, some areas had cicada action and some didn’t but it made little difference as the fishing was just fabulous, the rivers are still quite low but the fish are still looking up and taking dries, you just have to go smaller, Mayfly and Passion Hoppers at the moment seem to be doing the damage.

On the colder blowy days you will probably find the nymph starting to do better, small Cadillac and Hare and Coppers in #14 and #16 will do the job in most places.
Got some rain forecast locally for the weekend so things will improve with a freshen up.

Taupo fishing report, 13 November 2014

by Gary Lyttle, Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

You would have to say a bit of an improvement again on the fishing this week, many boaties coming with smiley faces as the fishing starts to warm up as we head towards summer. Top methods are still trolling with the downrigger at 140 feet with quite brightly coloured lures, Orange and Gold, fluo Orange, Spotty Gold and the Baby Brown still going well.

Traditional trolling with 10 colours of lead is still catching as many fish as any other method at the moment, you don’t need to go far, Wharewaka, Golden Mile, White Cliffs and Waitahanui are all producing fish, as usual for this time of year there is a mixture of much smaller fish but are in very good condition and many fish caught are now full of smelt.

Harling is now going well again all quite local, the key is being out there and fishing just on sunrise as the action is all on for about 45 minutes or so and quickly peters off as the sun gets higher.
Green Orbit, Parsons Glory, Green Woolly Bugger and Ginger Mick all going well.

Jigging is starting to pick up but won’t really fire until summer, Medium, Light and UV Pat Swift patterns doing well at any thing from 25-50 meters, the fish are still pretty well at differing depths, so you really have to work the whole drift out.

Fly fishing is starting go well with a lot fish now looking up, many fish now starting to occupy more riffled active water, lots of mayfly activity during the warmer days and an enormous amount of caddis activity on the quieter warmer evenings, we have even heard the odd cicada out and about this last week. Quite a few Brown Beetle also now in the evenings so be sure to have a few of these in your box over the next few weeks.

Taupo fishing report, 5 November 2014

by Gary Lyttle, Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

You would have to say a bit of an improvement again on the fishing this week, many boaties coming with smiley faces as the fishing starts to warm up as we head towards summer. Top methods are still trolling with the downrigger at 140 feet with quite brightly coloured lures, Orange and Gold, fluo Orange, Spotty Gold and the Baby Brown still going well.

Traditional trolling with 10 colours of lead is still catching as many fish as any other method at the moment, you don’t need to go far, Wharewaka, Golden Mile, White Cliffs and Waitahanui are all producing fish, as usual for this time of year there is a mixture of much smaller fish but are in very good condition and many fish caught are now full of smelt.

Harling is now going well again all quite local, the key is being out there and fishing just on sunrise as the action is all on for about 45 minutes or so and quickly peters off as the sun gets higher.
Green Orbit, Parsons Glory, Green Woolly Bugger and Ginger Mick all going well.

Jigging is starting to pick up but won’t really fire until summer, Medium, Light and UV Pat Swift patterns doing well at any thing from 25-50 meters, the fish are still pretty well at differing depths, so you really have to work the whole drift out..

Fly fishing is starting go well with a lot fish now looking up, many fish now starting to occupy more riffled active water, lots of mayfly activity during the warmer days and an enormous amount of caddis activity on the quieter warmer evenings, we have even heard the odd cicada out and about this week.

Taupo fishing report, 21 October 2014

by Gary Lyttle, Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

The fishing last week or so has been very much affected by the very changeable weather we have been having.

The boats have had very mixed reports but those that have been getting out in the quieter more settled conditions have had some very good results, some very nice conditioned fish being caught out there at the moment along side a lot of good but smaller undersized fish.

Trolling with a full ten colours of lead still seems to be the go at the moment during the day time hours, Traffic Lights, Shocking Pink, and Spotty Gold and Baby Brown lures have all been working well this week.

Best times to be out has been early morning and change of light in the evening.

Harling early mornings has been going well with some crackers being caught just after sunrise, Small Green Orbits, Olive and Black Woolly Buggers, small Rabbits and Parsons Glory are doing the business for the harlers at the moment.

Jigging has been hit and miss for many as it is still quite early in the season but it is still catching some nice fish, the Medium Dark flies and the Pat Swift UV flies seem to be going well at the moment.

The local fly fishing has been going well as the runs seem to be continuing nicely in to November, we still have plenty of fresh fish to run the local rivers but mainly more dependant on decent rainfall, lots of darker spent fish now returning from the higher reaches on the way back down to the lake in most local rivers.

We are now having some very early dry fly action with decent Mayfly and Caddis hatches on the warmer days with some very good evening rises to Caddis, once we get into November the evening rises will be in full swing and can be great way to spend just a few hours after work.

Gary Lyttle with Taupo fish

From Gary Lyttle, Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

24th Sept 2014

The lake fishing this week has been a little hit and miss with some extremely windy conditions to contend with on some days. On the calmer days the fishing has been quite steady with some nice conditioned being caught mostly trolling at 100 to 120 feet. Traffic Light, Spotty Gold, Orange and Gold seem to be the favourite colours this week in either Cobras or Kiwi lures.

Harling has been going a bit better now especially for those that are getting up very early before sunrise to beat the wind, Green Orbit, Ginger Mick, and various Rabbit patterns have been successful.
The fly fishing continues to go well locally as the back end runs continue through the system, last weekend we had some good rain which was just enough to get some good numbers through the Tauranga-Taupo the Hinemaiaia and the Tongariro

Naturals still seem to be the best patterns this winter as we haven’t had many of the big dirty rivers that go so well with the Glo Bugs.

During high flows the caddis has reigned supreme this winter with fish gorging on these protein filled morsels as soon as they become available to them, other top nymphs have been Flash Back Pheasant Tail, a myriad of differing Hare and Copper patterns and in low and clear conditions very slimly tied pheasant tail variants have been the go.

Nice to see a few hatches and rising fish on the warmer days, always a gets the blood going in anticipation of summer dry fly fishing.

New backcountry season starts on Wednesday remember to check your licence for opening days as not all rivers are open on October 1st some waters don’t open until December 1st.

Tight lines and good luck for the new season to you all

From Gary Lyttle, Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

16th Sept 2014

What a weekend we just had!! The rain came as promised on Friday and Saturday night and the fish ran. Most rivers were fishable by Sunday and everywhere had fish running them. Lots of reports from the Tongariro and Tauranga-Taupo of numbers of good quality silver fish throughout the length of the rivers early this week.

The Hinemaiaia now has large numbers of spent fish showing up in the catches and the fresh silver fish are having to be timed with a fresh to get amongst now.

Many anglers targeted the river mouths once the low pressure arrived on the Friday and Saturday nights and were also rewarded with some very good fishing.

A lot of the angling pressure received on the local rivers will start to subside now as many anglers start to plan trips on favourite haunts as the new fishing season approaches at the end of the month.

Out on the lake, the harling has started to improve a little with the milder weather and the small Green Orbit, various small Rabbits and the small sized Cobras are starting to pick up a few nice fish.

Trolling with ten colours of lead and a small Black Toby has been going well for a few locals with reports of some good quality nice sized fish being caught. Traffic Light, Spotty Gold, and Orange and Gold Cobras and Kiwi Lure also seem to still be doing the business.

More rain forecast this week, lets hope it arrives and gives us another weekend like the last one.

Remember the new National Licence is set to renew at the end of this month so you can get them online or drop into the shop and get a free knife when you purchase one from us.

From Gary Lyttle, Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

10th Sept 2014

Trolling with a straight forward 10 colours of lead seems to be the way to go on the lake locally at the moment, With so many fish at differing depths at this time of year it makes sense that this method will cover more opportunities during the day. Traffic Light, Orange and Gold, Spotty Gold and Dark coloured Cobras seem to be going well at the moment.

Jigging has been catching a few but won’t come into its own until the weather starts to warm up a little, darker flies with an Olive or Black Woolly bugger on the bottom fly seems to be doing well, according to some of our local jigging enthusiasts who jig all year round.

Harling is still waiting to happen for many locals at the moment, some are having success but fairly intermittent action for most, hopefully we should see some improvement on this in the next few weeks.
Fly fishing continues to be quite mixed for many as the winter runs have slowed some what due to lack of rain.

Still plenty of fish to be seen but many are in full spawning mode or on the way back to the river to recover condition back in the lake. We have rain forecast for the weekend at the moment but as we all know these predictions have had a habit moving along day by to the following week etc, etc.

New trout season just around the corner now, so time to check all your gear, flies tippet etc, your new licence can be purchased on line or you can claim your free knife by buying it in store at Fly and Gun.

From Gary Lyttle, Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

4th Sept 2014

Local rivers are still fishing quite well despite the lack of rain that was forecast for last week, Quite a few darker spent fish are now showing up as they make there way back to the lake to recover.

We do still have the odd runs of fresh fish coming through most rivers but they are smaller in numbers and are not wasting any time in heading up stream. This trend should continue for this week and into next week as we only have showers forecast over the days ahead.

Small size naturals without too much bling are doing the damage in the clearer water.

One tip in these low and clear conditions I will give is to either get rid of your indicator all together or reduce the size dramatically, I have seen shoals of trout screaming up and down the smaller rivers as they flee at the sight of bright orange indicators the size of shuttlecocks flying through the air.
Treat these conditions the same as you would a back country river in high summer and you will be giving yourself a better chance of success.

The lake seems to be fishing quite steadily this week as we have had a few calmer days to get out and about, without doubt most success is going to those that are continually hunting around for there fish and continually trying different depths, the reason for this is that there is no thermacline level at this time of year which means that the fish will be at all depths from 15 meters down to 40 meters.
Top lures this week will have been the Cobra in Traffic Light, Baby Brown,Orange and Gold, and the small sized Black Toby.

River mouths continue to be very hit and miss at the moment, no rhyme or reason,you just need to be out there and give them a try.

Harling first thing in the morning has finally started to get a bit better with some good reports locally from just around the Taupo bays, with small sized Green Orbit, Parsons Glory and various small Rabbit patterns.

New season starts on October the first. Don’t forget your licence, available now online and in store.

From Gary Lyttle, Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

27 Aug 2014

The winter fly fishing season has really cranked up over the past few weeks with some very cold early morning snaps and reasonable amounts of rain that have really got a few fresh silver fish moving up most of our local rivers.

General reports are that there seems to be plenty of good quality although smaller sized fresh fish running at the moment with the odd better fish showing up, the average fresh fish seems to around the 2-3lb mark, still awesome sport and a great table sized trout.

Quite a few fish now returning down the rivers from spawing in not such good condition and very dark in colour these aren’t usually worth targeting as they will give a very poor account of themselves and definitely not what you want for the table.

There are also lots of fish now in full view of many anglers in the shallows trying to spawn, wading through these areas destroys the reds and the chance to repopulate the rivers and lake please be wary of this.

Glo bugs seem to be working best as the river colours up from rain and also early morning and evening  are taking good amounts of fish. As the water clears then the naturals seem to pick out the better fish with caddis being one of the top patterns with extra flows as these insects are easily dislodged from the rocks in higher flows and large numbers are available to trout.

Once the rivers have dropped to low and clear conditions then the smaller Hare and Copper, Pheasant Tail Nymph style naturals will work, the clearer and lower the water becomes the smaller and more bland the fly needs to be.

The lake fishing has been quite good in between the days of high wind that we have encountered recently, as usual at this time of year the key to successful trolling is staying on the move and most importantly chopping and changing depths to find your fish. Traffic Light, Orange and Gold, Baby Brown and the Black Toby have been some of the successful lures the past few weeks.

Harling is usually starting around this time of year but seems a littler late getting going at the moment, but should be getting better over the next few weeks.

More rain forecast for the fly fishing this weekend as I write so expect more of the same, iff you have not been out fly fishing locally yet this winter then now is the hour as we have some awesome sport going on out there at the moment.

From Gary Lyttle, Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

8 June 2014

Local rivers have been a little hit and miss over the last few weeks with only small amounts of rain fall and very short bursts, not really enough yet to get the some real solid runs going, If you are there immediately after the fresh as the water recedes and clears then those small windows have been really good but very short lived as the water has been running straight back into the lake very quickly.

There seems to be good numbers of fish around but the clear conditions have made it challenging fishing, you really do have to make the changes and adapt on the day to the conditions.   Lengthen your leaders and fine down your tippet, if you really need an indicator then make it just big enough to hold your flies up and make it a more sombre colour.

Treat these clear conditions as an enjoyable challenge and if you think about it it is very much like stalking to sighted fish the way we like to in summer. We have rain forecast as I write, all week apparently, up until Thursday so depending on how much rain we get the coming weekend should see good numbers of fresh fish throughout the local rivers.

From Gary Lyttle, Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

26 May 2014

Well the rains finally came last weekend and boy did the local rivers fish well!! The Tongariro and the Tauranga Taupo were both quite dirty on the Sunday but the Hinemaiaia and the Waitahanui stayed very fishable and with only just a tinge of colour were the saving grace for the fishing last weekend. We have seen some pictures of some stunning fish from this last week. Those lucky anglers that were able to get away and fish the receding levels on the Tongariro and the Tauranga Taupo on Monday and Tuesday which also coincided with a very cold snap in the weather have had a ball with reports of great action throughout the lengths.

Big Glo Bugs or swinging big black wet flies in the early morning then back to naturals and smaller globugs during the day and as the water clears has been the go. Most fish that we have seen have been in magnificent condition which bodes well for another great winter on the local rivers.

More rain is forecast not quite as much as the weekend but with this colder weather we should start to see more fish congregating at the river entrances ready to run.

All local rivers are now clear and very fishable and we are expecting the winter fishing to now continue to improve as the temperatures drop as we head into winter mode.

A reminder that a lot of rivers close end of May outside of the Taupo region and some of the Taupo winter limits come into force at the end of this month, check your licence to make sure you stay within the law.

From Gary Lyttle, Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

21 May 2014

Another quite changeable week fishing out on the lake this week, Its that time of year when you really have to pick the days to be out. As usual those that remain consistently successful are those that continually hunt the fish around the lake continually staying on the move , changing trolling depths and the colours and sizes of your lures.

A lot of boats can now be seen patrolling the river mouth perimeters which is a sure sign that that they are seeing good numbers of fish starting to congregate for the winter ruins on the sounders.
Harling is still going well mainly at first light though, with the better quality fish being reported at this time of day.

Jigging is getting harder now as the water temperatures start to mix and the fish start to cruise at ever differing levels, but by continually trying different spots and depths you can still get some very good sport out there just don’t expect it to be as hot as we had it in the summer.

Local river mouth fishing is still quite hard. although the moon is now starting to have less effect this week and with the forecast of rain coming we should expect things to improve considerably at all the river mouths.

Local fly fishing has been quite good despite the conditions with reasonable numbers of fish in most local rivers, the low water is making the fishing quite challenging but by scaling everything down for the conditions you can still have some good sport, a lot of the fish may be quite dark in colour but are still in very good condition and well worth the effort.

What we need is rain, and we have some coming at the end of the week according to the forecast, so this weekend should be a great time to dust off the cobwebs on your fishing gear, dig out the waders  and get out and enjoy our great Taupo winter fishery .

From Gary Lyttle, Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

14 May 2014

A very mixed week for both the fishing and the weather, Just typical for this time of year as we head towards winter. Those that have been brave enough to chance the elements have on the whole been rewarded with some good fishing. A lot of smaller fish still being caught out there at the moment but reports of some good solid fish still being caught for those that persist.

Trolling at anything between 100 and 120 feet seems to be the go at the moment , Baby Brown, Traffic Light, Orange and Gold and Spotty Gold all still working well.

Harlers have been going well especially early morning before the sun comes up and that magic change of light period, small sized Red or Green Bodied Rabbits, small sized Green Obits and Parsons are going well.

Jigging just keeps going, with best depths in and around the 35 meter mark, most local spots still producing, at this time year you need to stay on the move if you haven’t caught in twenty minutes or so then move on to somewhere new.

Fly fishing locally has been very mixed with some rivers responding really well to the rain and others just getting a small run of fish, what we need now is the lake to fill up so the rivers maintain those higher levels longer, and a few nice cold snaps, no doubt this will happen over the next month or so, we just have to be patient and let nature take it’s course.

River mouths have had mixed fishing over the last couple of weeks a few good runs at Waiatahanui with the last rain and then all quiet again.

Many river mouth anglers are using floating lines with sink tips or slow sink shooting heads as the levels are still quite low and swinging small rabbit style smelt patterns for success.
More rain forecast this week, bring it on !!!

Barry Simm

Barry Simm with a Waitahanui trout caught this week.

From Gary Lyttle, Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

15 April 2014

The local fishing has just kept going this week with some nice settled weather after the rain, the boats have just been having as ball out there whether jigging, harling or trolling it has not really mattered all methods have caught fish this week. General reports are of well conditioned fish full of smelt,many smaller fish being encountered now as is to be expected at this time of year.

Once again you don’t have to travel far from home to get to some awesome sport, all the local hotspots and local bays seem to be fishing well, Golden Mile, Jerusalem Bay, Mine Bay, Carvings, Whakaipo, White Cliffs and Waitahanui have all been fishing well.

Local fly fishing has also been going well with the Tongariro continuing to show good numbers of well conditioned resident fish alongside a consistent run of fresh fish entering the system throughout Autumn, The fresh that came through at the weekend didn’t eventuate to anything spectacular as far as rainfall goes but it was enough to get some some early runners up the Tauranga-Taupo and Tongariro and by Wednesday they were fishing well with reasonable numbers  of fresh fish being caught.

The river mouths have been fishing as well as anyone can remember at the moment, even during the day it’s well worth a flick  but change of light into dark is still the best time to be out there , anglers are reporting unusually large schools of smelt congregating at the mouths and lots of frantic activity of trout giving chase, the smelt type flies and small versions of Yellow and Orange bodied Rabbits are some of the popular flies to use at the moment.

Back country fly fishing is still good despite low water in a lot of rivers the dry fly action continues with some very good Mayfly and Passion Hopper hatches at the moment to keep the fish looking up.
Lets hope that the rain that is forecast for this week eventuates to a real down pour over a few days to give all the rivers a proper freshen up and get some spawners on the move into our local rivers

From Gary Lyttle, Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

8 April 2014

Another mixed week again for the boatie’s with some days just firing on all cylinders then other days being really hard fishing, The jiggers seem to be having the lions share of the sport according to our reports jigging continues to be quite consistent throughout with quite a few very good fish being caught on the Pat Swift smelt patterns. Many of the fish caught are in superb condition and still spewing out smelt once on board the boat, still lots of smaller fish being caught around the 35-40cm mark now but are in great shape and will provide hopefully another bumper year next summer.

The fly fishing side if things is ticking along nicely although many of the rivers are in dreadful need of water now and the fish are quite lethargic during the day.

Quite a few rivers are now having some great passion hopper sport on the top despite the low conditions with many fish now totally preoccupied with just this one insect, most of this activity is in the flat water scum lanes so with the low levels you will need extra long leaders and fine tippets and a stealthy approach to get amongst the action.

The local rivers seem to have plenty of fish in them but are extremely skittish and hard to approach, The evenings can still be quite productive just on the change of light especially on a warm calm evening you can expect to see a few fish rising.

River mouths have continued to fish very well with some excellent fish being caught throughout the day and change of light periods, smelt patterns especially small sized rabbits with slow sink lines seem to be doing the damage at the moment.

Still waiting for the much promised rain !!!

From Gary Lyttle, Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

2 April 2014

Quite a tough time out on the lake this week for the boaties, the fishing being just a bit harder for many, most reports are of lack of fish at the usual local spots and noticeably smaller fish being caught now, most are still legal sized and in very good condition and the odd better fish are still showing up every day so it’s not all been bad news.

The anglers that are still getting amongst them are the ones that are continually on the move and trying different depths and different lures to stay in touch, basically if you haven’t caught within a couple of drifts or 20 minutes trolling over your favourite spot then you have to move on and try somewhere else, if they don’t come to you then you have to go to them !!!

The local fly fishing has also been quite ordinary this last week with plenty of fish being seen but the low river levels and bright days making it really tough to get amongst them, remember these fish have seen just about everything in the book at this time of year and will probably have seen you before you see them, so careful stalking is required, fine down on your tippets and lengthen the leaders you use, try going down a size with your fly, you may even have to take off your indicator or dry fly and fish just a single nymph to very fussy fish but it can be done with care and patience and is very rewarding when it comes off, as the fish at this time of year are generally in awesome condition.

Still some magnificent brown trout being caught at the moment and we are still getting some good mayfly activity on the rivers so we still have some great dry fly action at the moment.

The river mouths also continue to produce some stunning big trout at the moment and you can still catch them at just about any time time of day evidently, so if your passing a river mouth on the way home or have a spare hour give one a go, you never know.

One thing is for sure now we are desperate for some good rain to get things freshened up again and perhaps get some early spawners up the local rivers, it can’t be too far away.

From Gary Lyttle, Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

24 March 2014

Another very good week out there on the great lake this last week , A lot of smaller but well conditioned fish now showing up with the odd bigger surprise to keep you on your toes.

Jigging still seems to be the consistent method during the middle of the day with the trollers and harlers doing best at the change of light, as for top spots just where ever you can get into some settled water out of the wind, there seems to be reports of good fishing from just about all the local bays at the moment, the weekend at the time of writing is looking pretty good so you need to get out and enjoy some late season sport before the weather starts to turn.

Local fly fishing seems to be going well despite the very low conditions on most rivers now, we really do need some rain to freshen things up a little, a lot of the shallower riffles we like to fish with dry dropper are now too low to sustain fish and the trout are lying in deeper water is what we are finding at the moment.

Still plenty of dry fly action to be had though my wife and I had a walk up the Tongariro this week and were amazed at the numbers of stunning big browns we were seeing in the river which is just fantastic.
Good numbers of fish still rising throughout the length of the river mainly smaller juveniles and residents up to a pound or so with a nice mix of bigger fresh fish and the odd brownie poking his snout out sipping emergers, world class fishing on your doorstep really.

River mouths are still steady with reports from most people doing well at varying times of the day but the most consistent sport is coming at the change of light, smaller smelt type patterns are still the go during the day with a change to a larger darker fly as the light fades.

Its got to be one the best times of year to fish at the moment as the crowds have gone and the fish are in tip top condition and its just great to be out there enjoying Taupo.

From Gary Lyttle, Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

15 March 2014

The local fishing has been going off again this week with some nice settled weather after the rain , the boats have just been having as ball out there whether jigging, harling or trolling it has not really mattered all methods have caught fish this week!

General reports are of well conditioned fish full of smelt , what is surprising now is the number of browns being caught on all methods from the boats which finally puts paid to the prehistoric ideas that browns can’t be caught by lures.

Once again you don’t have to travel far from home to get it to some awesome sport, all the local hotspots and local bays seem to be fishing well, Golden Mile, Jerusalem Bay, Mine Bay, Carvings, Whakaipo, White Cliffs and Waitahanui have all been fishing well.

Local fly fishing has also been going well with the Tongariro continuing to show good numbers of well conditioned resident fish alongside a consistent run of fresh fish entering the system throughout the early Autumn, The fresh that came through at the weekend didn’t eventuate to anything spectacular as far as rain rainfall goes but it was enough to get some some early runners up the T.T and Tongariro and by Wednesday they were fishing really well with plenty of fresh fish being caught.

The river mouths have been fishing as well as anyone can remember at the moment, even during the day it’s well worth a flick  but change of light into dark is still the best time to be out there , anglers are reporting unusually large schools of smelt congregating at the mouths and lots of frantic activity of trout giving chase, the smelt type flies are now proving more popular than the old heave and leaves and boobies etc making a far more traditional and exciting way to fish the river mouths.

Once again reports of big numbers of stunning brown trout being caught at the rips this year and its always refreshing to hear of so many big browns being returned to the water to get bigger again for next year.

Back country fly fishing is still very good although the cicadas are pretty much done and dusted for the year, despite low water in a lot rivers the dry fly action continues with some very good mayfly hatches at the moment to keep the fish looking up, we should be heading for some passion hopper action soon let’s hope it’s a better year for these than last year I’m certainly seeing quite a few appearing the windows at home now,

From Gary Lyttle, Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

4 Feb 2014

The good fishing out on the lake just keeps on going, a more settled week weather wise which has meant a few anglers have ventured a little further away from town and over the Western Bays, the news seems to be that there is still just as good if not better fishing on our doorstep locally than the Western side of the lake at the moment for many, Horomatangi Reef  has been nice and calm and some excellent quality and larger fish have been caught there this week, the White Cliffs and Rotagnaia Point have also been going well for the trollers, 115 TO 140 Feet seems to bet the best depths this week with the King size Orange and Gold and Baby Brown lures doing really well.

Jigging continues to improve as the weather stays more settled and some really quality fish are now being caught at all the local hot spots , Pat Swift small Green Orbits on the bottom dropper and size #10 smelt patterns above are all you need at the moment and best depths at around 35- 40 meters .
Fly fishing both locally and back country is going really well now as most rivers are giving some excellent dry fly fishing with the Cicada now in full swing.

It doesn’t really matter what type of dry you use to represent the Cicada whether the traditional deer hair pattern or the modern foam versions as long as the size, colour and profile look good from underneath they will work, the foam versions need less attention as they float well on their own and you can hang a nymph underneath without worry of sinking the fly.

The river mouths are now producing some nice fish again with some very good quality fish coming from Waitahanui, most methods are having their day depending on where in the rip you are fishing, but fast sinking lines with boobies in the rip itself and slow sink, intermediate or floating sink tip lines just on the outside in the quieter water fishing Rabbits, Woolly Buggers and Smelt type flies are all working well.

Let’s hope the weather stays settled for a while now and we can all enjoy the summer fishing our stunning Taupo area has to offer.

From Gary Lyttle, Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

24 Jan 2014

A very unsettled week weather wise yet again, those that have been able to get out and find shelter for a few hours fishing have found the going quite mixed.

the fish in Lake Taupo are still quite deep at around 30-40 meters and more on some days, The winds have been very changeable both in direction and strength so we have had so much news this week from the boaties.

Fly fishing however has been a different story with good reports now of some serious cicada activity happening around the place quite a few back country rivers are now full noise on the Cicada and fish are smashing the big dries with gusto, not all rivers though, basically if your getting a deafening sound of cicadas where you are then you need to get the big dry fly box out, if you are not hearing them then personally I would keep driving till I find a river where they are singing there little hearts out.

There is nothing in the fly fishing world like watching a huge shape come up from nowhere and smash a big dry fly, it’s what people travel from all over the world to experience. We have had a couple of lean years of cicada action so lets hope it continues on in strength for the next couple of months.

River mouth fishing has been quite good despite a moon that refuses to go away, some big browns are now making an appearance at the Waitahanui rip along with some very healthy good sized rainbows, you don’t have to just fish this place at night, fish are very often caught throughout the day so it can be worth the odd flick if your passing at any time.

At the time of writing this we are just seeing the tail end of a cyclone that never really eventuated but gave us some really windy days, let’s hope that we can get back out on the lake and enjoy some more of the tremendous fishing we have been having very soon.

From Gary Lyttle, Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

07 Jan 2014

2014 has got off to a great start with most visitors and locals alike having a blast with the fishing, whether rolling, harling or jigging from the boat or simply casting as spinner of the banks around the lake there seems to plenty of action out there at the moment.

The lake is showing signs of a thermocline forming now as the water starts to warm up and fishing deeper during the day is required anything from 30-40 meters is where you need to be during the day.
Early morning harling is still going well on Rabbits, Green Orbit and Parsons Glory with a selection of smelt type flies.

Trolling with Orange and Gold, Yellow and Lemon, Traffic Light and selection of lures with silver bodies will do the trick, best times to be out there at the moment for the best of the fishing will be at the change of light, most of the local well known spots are going well.

The very mixed weather we have been having at the moment has made the fishing a bit challenging with high and very changeable winds to cope with but there is always a bay or two that you can get in to out of the wind just beware of the forecasts and remember to take into account you have to get back so plan ahead.

Jigging continues to get better and better with some very good quality fish being caught during the day time hours as the fish head deeper and are now starting to congregate at those thermocline levels.
Fly fishing is now starting to really fire as we are getting some really nice long days and fish are really starting to look up for the dry fly, backcountry fishing especially has been really good as high water levels have kept a lot of fishing pressure off them and the fish have been feeding very hard during a very early spring and start to the summer and are in superb condition.

All we need now is some settled weather to get those cicadas out and about and hopefully on the water.

From Gary Lyttle, Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

20 Dec 2013

Another stunning week out on the lake this week with positive reports coming in from locals and visitors alike.

A calmer week weather wise has allowed many boaties to travel a bit further out over to the Western bays and the reports have been very good although perhaps a bit patchy compared to the Taupo bays at the moment. Other comments have been that the condition and size of the fish in the Western Bays at the moment may be a little varied compared to the local fish being caught at the moment.
Talking of size we had reports of a 10LB 2oz Rainbow caught jigging locally last week by Glen from Taupo Mechanical, one of a few exceptional quality fish he caught during a relatively short session one day last week at around 7 pm.

Trolling at depths of anything between 80-140 feet at the moment, best times are to be out are early and late at the change of light at the moment.

Harling is still going well but the early birds are definitely starting to get the best of the fishing now as the sun is up higher a lot earlier now forcing the fish to go deeper a lot sooner in the day.

Fly fishing is starting to hot up now as the river levels have started to get back to normal, plenty of fly life around  but still a few weeks away from consistent dry fly sport. In saying that you can pretty much depend on some dry fly dropper rigs in the riffled water now with lots of active fish feeding hard in the broken water sections.

Some will come up now and smash the dry but it is still mainly nymphs that are doing the damage.
Tight Lines till next week

From Gary Lyttle, Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

10 Dec 2013

A bit of a wet start to December this year with plenty of rain to contend with for both the boats and the fly fishermen on the lake.

Despite the changeable weather the lake fishing has continued to go really well and all methods seem to be catching their share of fish. Local fishing in around the Taupo Bays is as far as you have really needed to go over the last couple of weeks.

Best depths have been anywhere between 80 and 120 feet for the trollers just keep changing till you find the magic mark, top lures this last week have been the Orange and Gold Kiwi , Traffic Light and Spotty Gold Cobras , With a variety of other lures containing Silver in them.

Harling has been best at both ends of the day but during the long periods of low pressure and overcast weather the Harling has remained good throughout the day, Green Orbit, Parsons Glory, and various Woolly Buggers in and around the size #8 and #6 mark have been the go.

Jigging just keeps hotting up at the moment with positive reports of some great action out there on Pat Swift smelt patterns, Wharewaka, Mine Bay, The Carvings and Rangatira Point have been some of the top local spots in anything from 30-45 meters deep.

Local fly fishing rivers have had a lot of water to contend with over the last couple of weeks so some of the rivers have been quite high and some may remain that way over the next few days. You will need to check your levels before making plans.

We have all heard Cicadas singing on the warmer days and good numbers of green beetles already so we can expect to see a few trout starting to look up hopefully soon.

From Gary Lyttle, Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

26 Nov 2013

What a start to the summer, the fishing has been so good and so early you could be forgiven for thinking we were already in January!! The fish that are being caught on the lake are in excellent condition and are full of smelt on most occasions, you can see fish smelting all round town, take a stroll along the Lions walk and see for yourself. Most boats are doing very well, the fine weather that we have enjoyed over the last few weeks has allowed the boats to get out and really explore the Western Bays and they have been having a ball.

Trollers are now finding fish just a little deeper this week with the Spotty Gold. Orange and Gold and the Traffic Light still doing the damage, Harling is still going very well, as usual the early birds are getting the best results but some nice catches can be expected now on the evening change of light, we have had a few of our more experienced locals telling us that they now continue to fish through even on the brightest of days and still get good results although they will fish slightly deeper with three colours of lead, Still that small sized Green Orbit and Parsons Glory doing the damage.

Jigging has been one the big surprises this month with lots of people coming and saying how good it has been, and so early, this style does not usually get going properly till early January as the water thermoclines but it seems to be in full swing now, the usual top flies doing well, Pat Swift small sized #10 smelt patterns with the U.V body and a small Green Orbit as the Bottom fly are the go.

Local fly fishing is going well with lots of fish now looking up for smaller dries, no terrestrials yet but hey, we have all heard cicadas this week !, lots of Green Beetles being seen now and the Brown Beetle well under way in the evenings , good Caddis hatches with this humid weather and no wind in the evenings the conditions have been great for a hatch, there are some very good fish being caught on the Tongariro in the evenings at the moment including some very nice browns.

Backcountry rivers now very settled and running clear good reports from most but still mainly on the nymph with the odd fish coming for a look at the dries. Rain is forecast for this weekend so keep an eye on the levels

 

From Gary Lyttle, Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

8 Nov 2013

Quite a productive week on the lake for the boatie’s this week with positive reports coming in from all methods whether harling, trolling or jigging, Those that have been successful  have said that they have had to really stay on the move and were continually chopping and changing depths, lures and flies to stay in contact.

The weather is still a little mixed with quite strong winds at times but warmer more settled weather is round the corner so we should be able to get out over the Western Bays and explore some fresh water.
Fish size has also been very mixed with an infusion of smaller trout that are making up some catches but we still have some absolute crackers being caught out there at the moment plenty of fish in the 4-5lb bracket being caught and again all methods seem to be working on the right day. Top Flies for the Harler’s have been the smaller sized Green Orbit, Olive Woolly Bugger and various smaller sized Rabbits. Top lures have been the Traffic Light, Small Black Toby, Spotty Gold, and Orange and Gold Kiwi.

Fly fishing on the local rivers has now slowed right down as many of spawning runs seem to have done there dash, although the Tongariro still has fresh fish trickling through on the right day.
Many of the recovering fish left in the rivers will start to look up for dry flies very soon and the evening rise is also set to start this month once it warms up just a little more, so don’t give up on the local rivers to quickly as they can offer some very good sport on dries and it’s on our doorstep for a few hours after work.

Back country rivers seem to going quite well although some of the bigger rivers are maintaining quite high levels so you need to check before setting off at the moment and be careful of your crossings as some rivers may have changed where you would normally cross after winter floods.

The fly life seems quite well advanced in the back country and many people are already stocking up on Beetles, Mayflies and Caddis dries, Let’s hope it’s not too long before we need to do the same for the cicadas this year, here’s hoping.

From Gary Lyttle, Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

11 October 2013

A very changeable week weather wise this week, shorts and tee shirt one minute winter woollies and water proofs the next, the fishing has been equally as changeable. It is Spring when all said and done and we shouldn’t expect any different.

Not too much to report out the lake this week as the winds from midweek have kept a lot of boatie’s off the lake, just before hand though in that nice little window of summer we had there was some very good fishing to be had and all quite local as well, the harling especially has been quite good and both ends of the day seem be going quite well , the usual killers are still doing the business with one or two colours of lead, the Green or Red bodied Orbit the Yellow bodied Taupo Tiger, Olive and Black Woollie Buggers and various dark coloured Rabbit patterns seem to be going well.

Trolling with just a leadline during the day at the moment seems to very successful with small sized Black Tobies, Traffic Light and Spotty Gold and Orange and Gold Cobras and Kiwis are all having their share of success.

What is most surprising though is the amount of people having success with jigging so early in the season, obviously not as productive as midsummer would be but still much better than you expect for this time of year.

The new fly fishing season started last week and was quite a mixed bag for many people again probably due the bad weather and rain fall just a few days prior, quite a few anglers who travelled away from Taupo found the rivers in certain areas badly affected by coloured water and others travelling elsewhere had awesome fishing in perfect water.

One of the common remarks this season so far is how advanced the dry fly activity has been for many anglers, probably due to the very mild winter we have just had but lots of early mayfly activity on the warmer days and some quite solid Spinner falls later in the evenings also good numbers of caddis during the day and on the calmer warmer evenings there have been some good evening rises for those anglers that have waited for it to happen on the right evening  only half an hour or so at the moment but worth the wait on a warm evening.

More rain this week so we should see the local rivers perform with some fresh runners again, Don’t be too hasty to abandon the spawning runs too early as a lot of the local rivers have some excellent fishing left yet.

From Gary Lyttle, Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

20 Sept 2013

Ever heard the expression you should have been here yesterday?? Well those anglers that did not get out fly fishing locally this last weekend will be hearing it a lot this week, The fishing was just insane , we had a good rain just prior to the weekend and as predicted the rivers levelled off just on the weekend and the fishing just went off !!!!

Most local rivers were on amazing form but as expected it was the Tauranga-Taupo that really had the big runs through on Saturday, we had some very happy and very excited anglers through the shop on Sunday claiming to have had some of the best fly fishing they have experienced for years.
It was not just the sheer numbers caught, but also the quality and size of some of the fish caught regarded as the best for many years.

We have another front of rain forecast as I write this for Thursday and Friday so if this turns out to be accurate then we can expect much of the same to happen all over again this weekend, so if you missed out last week make sure your up early and out on the banks this weekend for some awesome Taupo winter fly fishing. According to historical figures from DOC we still have plenty of fish left to run out there and some suggest we may only be half way through the winter spawning runs.

Another reminder that three fish is the limit and you are required to stop fishing on number three. Iff you see any infringements of the rules then please ring this number at D.O.C on 0274424962 to help preserve our future stocks for everyone to enjoy!! Put the number on your mobile contacts so you can call immediately.

Iff you intend to catch and release then please do so with the least handling, quickly and gently , you can roll the barbs off your hooks to make it very easy and with less damage to the fish that you intend to release.

The new season is just a short time away now and National licences are due and available from the shop.

We have been asked by D.O.C to remind those that intend to fish the local still waters from boats and Kayaks to please thoroughly clean and check for any weeds each time you leave the water as the invasive Hornwort and Egeria weed still remains very much an ongoing threat to our waters.
Hope everyone is enjoying the awesome fishing out there at the moment as much as we are at Fly and Gun

From Gary Lyttle, Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

12 Aug 2013

Well the rain that was promised never arrived, certainly not the volume that was forecast but we have had consistent showers and a low pressure with some chilly winds that have inspired some good runs of trout through our local rivers, most fly fishermen coming through the shop this week have been very happy with their efforts and have been rewarded with good numbers and some excellent quality fresh fish.

Even though the rivers at the time of writing have remained quite clear the fish have still ran mainly under the cover of darkness , The very small flash tail glo bugs have been producing  good numbers of fish first and last light, whereas the naturals are doing better during the day time , small size 16# and 14# bland, sparsly tied Pheasant Tails and Hare and Copper, Cadillac, Claret nymph and green and white Caddis flies have been going well.

A lot of fish are being found in very low and clear riffle type water and can be easily spotted but also equally as easily spooked, you will need to be extra careful in your approach and treat the water the same as you would in summer, many anglers are taking their indicators off in this type of water as the big winter type indicators can send fish scattering all over the pool and the next one ahead if you are not careful.

As I write this the forecast is much of the same weather for the weekend so long may it continue.
Early morning harling has been going well before the winds arrive with some excellent quality fish being caught over at Waitahanui. The day time boaty’s have been going well but have been susceptible to some pretty harsh winds this week.

Most local mouths have been reasonably consistent best action for numbers, size and quality has been at the crack of dawn and then change of light in the evening, small white Boobies still going well on sinking lines and small smelt type patterns on the intermediate lines also going well.
Now is the hour folks, it doesn’t get much better than this in winter.

From Gary Lyttle, Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

2 Aug 2013

A few quiet windless days over the last weekend saw a number of boats out and about on the lake, most reports were quite positive with some nice conditioned fish showing up for those that have been prepared to put the effort into really hunting them down and finding the correct depths and staying on the move.

Most fish have been found quite deep around the 40 meter mark, Traffic Light, Spotty Gold,Copper,and Black and Gold Tobies have been going well.

Early morning Harling is starting to fire for those hardy souls getting out at the crack of dawn, Harling just along the drop offs has been the key with small size #8 Green Orbits, Woolly Buggers in Olive and Black doing the business.

Local fly fishing has had another steady week especially for those getting out at the change of light for an hour or two, most mornings have been quite murky and the first few hours have been good on most local rivers until the sun came up and then it starts to get harder in the low clear conditions we have had recently

Hopefully all that is set to change this weekend with rain forecast from today through to next week and a big low over the North Island, we know there are lots of fish now waiting to run the rivers and it’s been a long time since we had decent rain, so now is the time to get yourself out and give the local rivers a go they should all fire this coming week.

River mouths have been performing a lot better this week with a Westerly blowing a few fish up the local mouths earlier in the week, the moon has now gone and we have a low pressure over us so you can expect to see the action intensify as soon as that fresh water starts to increase the flows at the mouth.
This next month is set to be a cracker if the weather plays ball!! The holidays are over so less angling pressure on the water so no excuses, get out and enjoy.

From Gary Lyttle, Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

11 July 2013

A mixed week for the boaties this week with very changeable conditions to contend with, those that have braved the cold have found the fishing very challenging a lot of chopping and changing depths and a lot of different areas visited to try and stay in touch, the numbers of fish caught has been down but that reflects the time of year and also the numbers of boats out there actually fishing but the quality of fish still remains extremely good with odd fish being caught in the 6lb bracket that are in stunning condition.

Top depths vary a lot from 80 feet to 140 feet the top lures have been the Orange and Gold, Green and Yellow Cobras, Black and Gold and Copper Tobies, Traffic light and Spotty Gold in the Kiwi lures,
As always at this time of year chopping and changing the depth you fish at and staying on the move till you find them is the key to success.

The fly fishing has had another good week with a nice bit of rain on the Tuesday night that bought a few fresh fish up the rivers, most of the local rivers have now got good numbers of fish in them and the size of the fish as predicted has been outstanding so far this season, there is not a lot to choose between the rivers at the moment they are all fishing well , it is just a matter of staying on top of the fluctuating conditions as the rivers go low and clear and back to high and pushing through, You need to go prepared for both i.e small nymphs and small indicators with finer tippet and longer leaders as you would fish in summer for the low and clear conditions, and the bigger heavier out fits with glo bugs and heavier bombs for the higher water levels.

The river mouths have had another good week with many fish now starting to congregate waiting for rain with the lower pressure we are having at the moment, once again they are all going well especially to the early birds that are on the water at 5am sharp in the dark and cold, those that are making that effort are getting really well rewarded with some cracking fish coming out this last week, mainly on fast sink shooting heads and white booby.

More intermittent rain forecast this week with lots of low pressure and a real chill in the air should trigger another good weekend so get out there and give it a go, now is the hour!!

From Gary Lyttle, Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

20 June 2013

The rains came as forecast and as predicted the fish ran with them, most people that have been able to get out on the local rivers this week have had a ball, still not huge numbers but some absolutely outstanding quality fish, we had some Americans in the shop on Monday that had been out on one of the local rivers with Taupo guide Dave Wood, they showed us photos of some stunning big browns and rainbows. We had more reports and pictures shown as this week progressed and river levels rose of many more big fish being caught , the condition of these winter fish is just a sight to behold when fresh from the lake, big bars of pure silver rainbows and yellow butter gold browns that we have not seen the likes of locally for quite some time.

Most methods are working well but with the continued rain and coloured water the bigger brighter Glo Bugs are scoring well, these big eggs are also taking their share of big browns as well. Remember you will need extra weight to get your flies down as the flows increase, the golden rule of Taupo winter fishing is “if you are not getting your flies on the bottom then you won’t be catching any fish”.

Wet lining has been outstanding first thing in the morning on the Tongariro and theTauranga-Taupo with big Black Woolly streamers and Cone heads  doing the damage, Dont be afraid to use bigger and brighter gaudy looking flies with lots of life in them to get the trout’s attention. Those that are now into the double handed Scagit style of wetling are having a blast this winter as the method is tailor made for the Tongariro and Tauranga-Taupo in winter, This method allows big heavy flies to be used with very little effort and gets rid of the need for any back casting so ideal for high banks and bushes etc and is just so easy and relaxing to fish, but most of all, no other method covers more water more effectively.

The weekend is looking to be more settled and a cold southerly snap is forecast as I write this, this is always another big trigger for the winter runs to start in earnest so hopefully we will start to see the numbers of fish increase and if they continue to be of the quality that we have seen so far this winter then we are in for a real treat.

River mouths continue to be a little up and down and of course with the very changeable conditions to contend with they have been quite unpredictable, but once again those that have been on the right mouth on the right night have had some outstanding fish, most methods are taking their fair share of fish though the new Chartreuse and White Booby from Pat Swift has been a regular sell out and judging by the numbers we sell it must be doing some real damage out there.

From Gary Lyttle, Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

10 June 2013

Another good week out there on our local rivers this week, plenty of rain and showers to keep the river levels topped up and the fish running.

The Tongariro has probably been the big draw as you would expect at this time of year and it has not disappointed most anglers, some very good browns continue to get caught most weeks along with some very good conditioned fat rainbows.

We have a front forecast for the weekend bringing good rain with it so be prepared to give some wetlining a go it can be deadly this time of year especially on the receding levels with a bit of colour still in the water. Small Olive or Brown in 10# and 8# Woolly Buggers with the clearing water and up to size 6# and 4# Black, Purple or Brown Woolly Buggers and Coneheads in the dirtier water.

The Waitahanui has been quite inconsistent over the last few days with very varied reports of fish numbers throughout the length. Pretty much a case of the right timing and getting to know one river well is the answer for most visitors that try their hand on this local stream.

The Hinemaiaia has been going  well for most, all though the best fishing has been when water has been released from the dam and gets harder as the river clears again, it is getting very busy down there at the moment so be early for your favourite spots. Reports of some good jacks still being caught on a regular basis on the Hinemaiaia especially to naturals such as green and white caddis, flashback, hare and copper and the prince nymph.

The Tauranga Taupo has had a good week with some reports coming in of some good little pulses of hard fighting 2-3lb Rainbows, mainly to small champagne and unreal eggs. Weather is looking quite unsettled again so we can safely expect much of the same showers and rain.

The river mouths have had a varied week with changeable winds to contend with but most have had reasonable sport, Hatepe has been going quite well to small black and olive boobies. Not big numbers from the river mouths at the moment but some exceptional quality fish being caught.

Lake fishing is still good you haven’t needed to go much further than Jerusalem Point and Acacia Bay for some good trolling. Once again varying the depth at this time of year is the key, anything from 20-40 meters is working. Top lures are King Cobra in Spotty Gold, Baby Brown Kiwi's and Black Toby.

From Gary Lyttle, Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

31 May 2013

We asked for another good rain to come and at the weekend we got it, most local rivers were high and dirty by Sunday and the weekend reports were quite sketchy as to the fishing. By Monday afternoon the levels were receding and the fishing started to improve dramatically with good numbers of fish being caught on most rivers.

The peach and orange coloured glo bugs seemed to doing the damage in the dirty water earlier on and the naturals started doing better as the water cleared towards midweek.

White and Green Caddis in sizes #12 and #14 were performing really well as they always do when the flows increase other top flies this week have been the Purple Prince nymph, Chu’s Green and Black bombs, Quasimodo Flashback and the Copper Flash back, top wets have been the Black woolly bugger, Dore’s Rabbit Cone head, with various other leeches and larger marabou patterns up to size #6 in the dirtier water.

The river mouths have been a bit hit and miss with a big moon then strong winds and rain along with white caps for a few days earlier in the week but should have settled by the time you read this and will be well worth a visit.

Last few days of the season for some of the back country waters this week although some will remain open until the end of June you need to check your licence to be sure before you head out.

Most rivers have been fishing really well with some late mayfly hatches occurring spasmodically during the day, most fish encountered in the back country waters have been in excellent condition and seem to have recovered well from the very low water conditions this summer.

We are all expecting some big runs and bigger fish to enter the local rivers this winter and I think as soon as we get some real frosty winter weather is the time we will start to see it all unfold. I keep watching the snow getting lower on the mountains at the bottom end of the lake and hope this is just round the corner.

From Gary Lyttle, Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

24 May 2013

Another mixed week for the boaties as the fishing gets a bit tougher again on the lake. In saying that we had Richard Staines from White Striker in the shop Tues day showing us a tub of beautiful big fat rainbows he had caught in just two hours out locally. He explained the key is in chopping and changing the depth, the colours and sizes of the lures until you find the winning combination.

Top depths have been quite deep this week down to 140 feet with the Orange and Gold, traditional Green and Yellow and Traffic light Kiwi lures in the Standard sizes doing the damage. Jigging is getting in the too hard box now and trolling seems to be the most consistent method out there at the moment.

The rains did come at the weekend but not as much or as prolonged as the forecast predicted. Never the less we had some very impressive runs come though the local rivers over a couple of days and most reports were very positive about the numbers, size and condition of the fish caught. A lot of jacks entering the river at the moment and not all of these are in the best order but the few hens that have been caught have been in stunning order  and many have been lost simply powering their way back to the lake at a rate of knots !

Medium weighted bombs without too much bling in size #10 and #12 were the go with small flash tail eggs in size #14 in the mornings and going to natural nymphs such as Flashback Pheasant tail nymphsHare and Copper, Green and White Caddis etc once the day gets going.

Wetliners had a ball on the Tongariro first light with the river still holding some colour using Black and Olive Woolly Buggers  and Coneheads in sizes #10 through to #6 depending on how coloured the water is and how much weight is required to get the flies down.

Forecast is more showers through the week so hopefully the runs will keep trickling through, as the water table starts to rise along with the lake level the rivers should in turn hold water for a little longer after the rains so we get more consistent runs of fresh fish.

You never really know, it’s all about being out there and just giving it a go and enjoying  the great Taupo winter outdoors , till next week .

From Gary Lyttle, Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

10 May 2013

Fishing out on the great Lake has now steadied down after what some would describe as the best season for many years.

As the water temperatures drop and mix the fish will be at different depths and will require consistent chopping and changing of how deep the lures fish to stay in touch, fishing depths for the troller’s can vary between  80 and 120 and feet at the moment. Small Black Toby,Traffic Light,Spotty Gold and Orange and Gold are the lures that have been doing the damage this week.

Jigging has also slowed as the thermocline starts to break up but in saying that we still have reports of plenty of action out there not so much in numbers caught perhaps but more so in the size and condition of fish being caught, we are still enjoying some stunning sunny, windless days at the moment so don’t hang your rods up or put the boat in the garage just yet!!

Local fly fishing has had some very nice runs of fresh fish through the system on the last couple of downpours we had, although the runs were short as the rains seemed to come and go very quickly. However if you were lucky enough to be out on the rivers as the levels receded again you will have enjoyed some very good sport, if the condition and size of the fish caught over the last couple of weeks is any indication of what we can expect for the local fly fishing this winter then we are in for some exceptional fishing ahead.

The river mouths have been going well over in the Western Bays, our local Eastern mouths have been a little hit and miss you really do just have to be out and give it a go as there seems no rhyme or reason at the moment to why some nights are better than others but there are some very good quality and good sized fish getting caught quite regularly at the moment by those prepared to give it a go.

We have a few more weeks of backcountry fly fishing left till the end of the season and the fishing has been nothing short of awesome lately with very healthy fat fish and many waters still producing some good dry fly sport on the warmer days to small mayfly and caddis.

Looking forward to some good consistent rain and a drop in temperature to find out what the winter has in store for us.

From Gary Lyttle, Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

19 April 2013

Steady fishing out on the lake this week , it still seems to be jigging that’s doing the business again with reports of good numbers at most of the local hot spots , a few smaller juvenile fish now showing in the catches alongside some very good quality, fat trout. Rain has finally arrived and at the time of writing we have had the first downfall overnight which has raised the river levels and got a few nice fresh fish running most of our local waters.

The forecast has been for steady rain all week but we will see,we need considerably more rain to really get those first Autumn runs going although reports suggest that the Tongariro and T.T had quite a few nice fresh fish through, mainly to Nymph though the Glo Bugs have been working for a few people at first light.

The wetliners have been having some good early morning sport on the Tongariro to Olive and Black woolly buggers and rabbit flies.

Rivers mouths are starting to fish a bit better this week as the flow increases and some nice dark overcast nights are with us at the moment, intermediate lines and small woolly buggers and small sized night flies are all you need at the as the lake levels are still very low.

Back country rivers will all benefit from this bit of rain and are still very much worth visiting at this quieter time of year and you can still catch with a dry fly dropper, you may still even get the odd rise to the dry on the sunnier autumn days.

On the whole all looking good for a great winter season, see you out there!

From Gary Lyttle, Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

22 March 2013

Another good week out there for the fishing , we are still receiving glowing reports of good numbers of fish being caught but most comments  are reflecting on the  great condition of the fish at the moment.
Trollers are still having the best sport at the change of light in the morning and evening as the temperatures are slightly less, best depths are still deep at between 100 and 140 feet deep, the key is chopping and changing your depth to find that magic mark.

Best lures still Orange and Gold, Lemon and White, and Traffic Light lures in Cobras and Kiwi.
Harling is still going really well but you need to be out on dark and fishing as the sun comes up, small sized #6 and #8 flies are best with the Green Orbit, Parsons Glory, and Ginger Mick doing really well.
Jigging is still the number one method out there for sheer numbers and fishing during the day.

All the local spots still seem to be producing good numbers of fish, The Western Bays are getting more attention now with the continued settled weather and the reports are all very positive for most boaties.
Local fly fishing had a little freshen up this week with some rain early on and the rivers responded extremely well with some better reports now coming as small pods of fish came up some of the local rivers on the rain early in the week, the Tongariro had some very good quality rainbows show up immediately after the rain for some early morning wetliners. Waitahanui still has good numbers of very good browns finding there way up river at the moment.

The river mouths are starting to fish a little better now as the evenings start to cool down we had some low pressure and cloudy nights at the beginning of the week and the mouths  fished well but mainly early change of light and then again very late in the night seemed to be the pattern.

From Gary Lyttle, Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

8 March 2013

Fishing out on the great lake continues to go well this last week with glowing reports from many anglers coming through the shop claiming to have the best season for many years.

Harling is still very productive early morning targeting the 4-8 meters with Green Orbits and Ginger Mick flies up to the change of light and going deeper to 8-10 meters with smelt patterns as the sun gets higher. Troller’s are still finding fish quite deep during the day 100 to 120 feet deep should get you on the money, just chop and change those depths till you find them. Orange and Gold, lemon and White and Traffic Light lures are still going well.

The change of light in the evening has been a good time to be trolling at the moment as large schools of smelt have been coming up to around the 80 feet mark and the trout can been seen all around them at this time of day for about an hour or so.

Jigging continues to outperform most methods at the moment and the top depths are from 35-40 meters deep depending where the thermocline is in your area. Small smelt patterns are still the go and at change of light in the evening its worth changing the bottom fly to something bigger such as a black or olive Woolly Bugger or the big Pat Swift Koura these big patterns at this time can very often result in the best fish of the day.

Local fly fishing is still going well with good dry fly action just about everywhere, the rivers are still  very low and clear and with no real rain on the horizon they look to continue as such. Most fish are still seeking out the much shallower well oxygenated riffles during the day with the first few hours of the morning giving the best fishing of the day until evening.

Small terrestrial flies and small nymphs down to size 16# and tied very drab and skinny will do the job you will have to try and make your casts just a bit further away than normal and try and use a longer leader than normal as the fish are now extremely skittish and can hear a lot more going on around them in the shallower water.

Local rivers are getting some small influxes of fresh fish in them this last week after the westerlies died down, the local river mouths should start to fish a little better this week as the moon has now abated, we are still getting reports of good numbers of big brown trout up the length of the Waitahanui and also the Tongariro continues to throw up good browns at the change of light period.

 

From Gary Lyttle, Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

20 Feb 2013

Quite a few bigger fish being reported this week out on the lake, a good number of fish around the seven pound mark have been showing up with pictures to prove it! Still good numbers being caught though the best times to fish seem to be at the change of light period morning and evening.

As the water temp continues to rise the trollers have been finding fish just a little deeper this week at around 120 feet, top colours have been the Lemon and White Spotty Gold and Traffic Light in the Cobras and Orange and Gold and anything with silver or white with the Kiwi lures. Best time to Harl at the moment is very early morning with the water at its coolest in the morning size #8 and #6 smelt patterns and small Green Orbits and Olive Woolly Buggers have been doing the damage this week.

Jigging is still on fire and the fishing just seems to be getting  better for a lot of local anglers, perhaps not the same numbers as previous weeks but bigger fish showing up, Still the Smaller Pat Swift Smelt patterns, UV Ginger Mick, UV Jack Spratt, UV Grey Ghost and the Big PS Koura are the favourites this week , best depths continue to vary from 30-40 meters deep  and you don’t have to travel far to catch either as the local spots continue to give good sport, the Reef seems to produce very good quality fish at the moment when the conditions allow.

Local fly fishing is getting a little patchy as the rivers are getting quite low and clear the fish are more interested in conserving energy with the reduced oxygen levels , but concentrating your efforts in the well oxygenated riffles with smaller sized dry fly dropper rigs will bring a few surprises as some good browns are now entering the system and the odd fresh run rainbows are still around and willing to smash the dry fly, a very stealthy approach, long leaders and smaller flies should keep you entertained and add to the  enjoyment of being out in our stunning Taupo outdoors and soaking up the gorgeous weather we are having at the moment.

From Gary Lyttle, Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

15 Feb 2013

A little quieter on the lake this week now the holidays have come and gone, the fishing continues to fire for the boats as reports still suggest good numbers being caught out there and we now have increasing numbers of better fish showing up with quite a few fish in the 5-6lb bracket caught this week all stunning bars of silver full of smelt.

The 100 feet mark seems to be the depth this week with continued success on the Lemon and White, Silver Clown, White, and the Orange and Gold Kiwi lures , Spotty Gold, and Rastafarian and Traffic Light in the Cobras. Reasonably calm winds have allowed anglers to get over to the Western Bays and do some exploring most have done well and there have been quite a few browns caught this week over there.

Jigging continues to dominate the catch rates with the Pat Swift small smelts on the top dropper s and the new Pat Swift Koura pattern on the bottom dropper this big fly has been taking some quality fish this last few weeks. Top depths for jiggers continues to vary from 30-40 meters deep and once again the nice calm winds have been very welcome all this week for long slow drifts over the local spots.
Local fly fishing is still going quite well with lots of surface activity now a fairly safe bet.

Still no real Cicada madness but plenty of other smaller terrestrials on the menu this last week , we had some great sport on little foam crickets last week and the then onto an evening rise that went on way into darkness on small Elk Hair Caddis just a magic time of year to be out there. We had reports of the first Passion Hoppers on the rivers last week so a couple of weeks from now and we should be in to some of the best dry fly sport of the season.

Still good numbers of Browns heading up the Waitahanui, very cagey though and a real challenge to get to take a fly but just awesome to see them regardless of the outcome!!

The Tongariro is still the most consistent river for local fly fishing this week and the Cicada has been working quite well on the odd days. You can, for a change of scenery locally have some great dry fly sport if you are prepared to walk high enough up the T.T at the moment , small dries mayflies, caddis,and small terrestrials will do the trick.

 Coming up to my favourite time of year now in our stunning Taupo !! when the crowds have subsided and the dry fly rules supreme for a good while yet.

From Gary Lyttle, Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

21 November 2012

The fishing this last week has been a lot better again out on the lake for those that have braved the winds and rain. Harling is still the top method for those that are prepared to get out of bed and be on the lake nice and early. A size 6# or #8 Green Orbit or Parsons Glory are all you need at the moment, the smaller sized #1 Pro Troll lures are also going well for the harlers.

We watched a small boat having a blast out at Wharewaka Point this Monday evening  catching plenty of fish on the lead line just a couple of hundred meters of shore, a baby brown cobra was all they used  with a full lead line out. The downriggers have been finding fish just that bit deeper this week at anything from 35 to 45 metres deep.

Top lures this week Size 2# Pro Troll in Frog, Black and Pearl and Melon ,Orange and Gold Kiwis, Green and Yellow Cobras and small sized Spotty Gold Cobras, chopping and changing depth is still very much a part of success out there at the moment.

The inclement wintery weather has restricted a lot of fishing to local bays this last week but once the weather settles it will be well worth while getting over to the Western Bays and over the Reef to try some less pressured water.

Local fly fishing has had a windy wintery blast this week with lots of rain so the fishing has been somewhat slower, the odd bit of good fishing has been coming from some of the local river mouths once the wind dies down, Waitahanui in particular has had some reasonable numbers going through.
The Tongariro continues to have small consistent pods of fish going through especially on these low pressures we have been having.

Backcountry rivers have had mixed reports with the wintery weather holding back a lot of insect activity and the dry fly activity in the evenings has also been very intermittent with a cold wind arriving just at hatch time.

Good news is better weather should be just round the corner, brown and green beetles are just starting to appear this week. We had reports  of the odd cicada being heard on the Waitahanui  during the warmer days we have had this week so all to look forward to now as we head towards summer.

From Gary Lyttle, Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

16 November 2012

Early mornings and change of light in the evening are the prime times to be out on the lake this week, it has got notably harder during the day. Fishing has been good with plenty of fish in very good condition still more reports of good numbers of smelt being found in the trout which is all boding well we hope for another improved season.

Top spots have been Rangatira Point, Jerusalem Bay, and Waitahanui, also whilst on that side of the lake the White Cliffs round to Rotagnaia Point have also been doing well. Top lures have been the natural coloured Pro Troll lures and also the traditional Traffic Light, Spotty Gold and Orange and Gold cobras, notably the larger sized King Cobra and Tazzies are now performing better than the smaller Cobras.

Harling has been productive again this week and the top spot is still over towards Waitahanui around the Dirty Duck Creek area towing a small Cobra and Green Orbit, Yellow Lady and Ginger Mick flies in the smaller size #6 flies. The Western Bays have been fishing well quite over at Waihora and Waihaha for those that have ventured over. Once again it seems that the local fishing around Taupo is still fishing better than over the Bays.

The jigging is still a little early but a few anglers have been out trying with mixed results this last week. A lot of fish are still at differing levels so jigging will improve as the water starts to stratisfy.
In saying that Rangatira Point and the Maori Carvings and the South side of Mine Bay Point did quite well for some locals this week jigging with Pat Swift UV Ginger Mick and smelt patterns on size 8# and 10# hooks.

The local fly fishing has been quite good this week as levels are now really quite settled. The rivers are now very clear again so small naturals such as Green Caddis, P.T.N’Hare and Copper and Colloburiscus nymphs in size 16# and 14# have been going quite well, time to search out more riffled waters with a dry fly dropper rig now as fish start to actively search for aquatic insects, we had our first dry fly session this week on the Tongariro last Sunday and had some great sport on small dries. Most rivers now will have hatches occurring at some stage of the day so make sure you have some Elk Hair Caddis and Parachute Adams dries in size 18#to 14# with you from now on.

The back county rivers are now very clear but many are still carrying a good volume of water so you need to check your levels before making a big trip, most should now be in top order and will have had very little pressure.

From Gary Lyttle, Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

9 November 2012

A mixed bag out on the lake this week, some people finding lots of fish and having a ball and others struggling to find a single fish. Those boaties that made the trip over to the Western bays before the strong winds came this week did very well and reported good numbers of quite small fish but all were in excellent condition and full of smelt.

The key once again has been the depth for the trollers, fish have been caught at depths varying from 50 feet down to 120 feet. Those that have been most successful are the ones that have made the effort to continually change the depths at which they fish and also staying on the move until they locate the fish.

Top lures this week once again the new Pro Troll lures in various colours, Baby Brown, Orange and Gold, Green and Yellow in the Cobras and also working has been the Green Striped small Black Toby.
Harling is still the most consistent method out there at the moment and early morning and late evening are the two best times to be out there Harling at the moment.

Jigging has been going quite well for quite a few people this week with depths again quite crucial, during the middle of the day the fish have been getting caught as deep as 55 meters by some of the locals using Pat Swift Smelts and Olive and Black Woolly buggers on the point.

Local fly fishing has been quite good this week with rivers now getting low and clear, The Hinemaiaia still continues to produce some good fishing and the Tauranga-Taupo has good numbers of fish in the upper reaches at the moment, we have had pictures of some cracking rainbows on the Tauranga-Taupo this week, the Tongariro still continues to have some spasmodic runs of fish through the system and with less people about now is a very good option for some good sighted fishing weather permitting.

The river mouths have had some decent fishing this week with small boobies and fast sinking lines especially at the Waitahanui.

Dry fly activity continues to increase in the evenings now and we had our first caddis hatch mid week despite a cool wind using Elk Hair Caddis and Klinkhammer dry flies with a good early hatch extending over two hours so not a bad start to the dry fly season.

From Gary Lyttle, Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

17 August 2012

 

Fishing out on the lake has been quite tough once again this week, those that are getting out to try their luck are having very mixed results, It’s just that time of year.

The anglers who are having the most success are saying that they are continually on the move to find fish and are taking the trouble to chop and change their depth to stay in touch and also continually changing colour and size of the lure. Small sized Black Toby, Orange and Gold, Spotty Gold and Traffic light in differing sizes of Cobra are the flavour of the week,

Very changeable weather conditions to contend with at the moment so it’s just a matter of finding some nice sheltered water. The lake front itself was as good a place as anywhere last week the White Cliffs and the Reef were also quite productive during the calmer periods.

The fly fishing continues to go quite well with another good fresh earlier in the week the Tauranga Taupo was one river that did particularly well on the receding levels , we had heard of large numbers of fish congregating at the TT mouth over the last week or so, quite a few anglers have enjoyed the fishing there this week.

The Tongariro had a good fresh but the levels dropped quite quickly and was clear again by midweek , A reasonable number of fish came up river on the fresh but not as many as was anticipated, by midweek they were well spaced out. Those anglers that have been successful have been very mobile and have been continually on the move to find fish, there can be long walks between fish but once you find them there are very often quite a number all together, the trick is to have some fun and once the action slows then to get back on the move, small naturals sized #14 and #16 plus the Green and White Caddis have been especially successful as they always are following higher water flows.

It am still getting reports of healthy numbers of big browns entering the system on a lot of our rivers and many in great condition, this can only be great news for  the fishery to have such a growing population of these fantastic fish that are admired all over the world and it is these magnificent creatures that make New Zealand such a famous fly fishing destination.

 

10 August 2012

From Gary Lyttle, Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

10 August 2012

There’s been mixed results for the boaties out on the lake this week. We had some nice spring like weather and calm conditions but the fish have been hard to find for many anglers. This is not unusual for this time of year and those who have been successful are finding that correct depth and staying on the move is more important than lure choice.

The early birds who are up at the crack of dawn for a morning harl have been the only people who are still consistently catching fish on the lake at the moment and reports are that some very nice conditioned fish are still being caught . The same small sized Green Orbit or Yellow bodied Taupo Tiger are still doing the damage for the harlers fishing one to one and a half colours of lead and zig zagging the drop offs.
Fly fishing continues to be steady with good numbers of fish in most rivers now with a mixture of spent, spawning and recovering fish with the odd smattering of fresh fish still coming through the system on a fresh. This weekend looks to have rain from late Saturday through to Monday but no indication as to how much at this stage, it’s certainly going to be worth a look out there.

The recent heavy rains have changed some of the local rivers quite significantly, this all adds to the challenge and excitement of finding new lies and holes to explore.
Once again you would be hard pressed to say one river was performing any better than another - they all still continue to be fish well.

The river mouths have been having some very varied results, no real pattern to it at the moment, you just need to be out there giving it a go, some nights it’s all on, and others very quiet you just have to be “Johnny on the spot” and try your luck.
I have just been over to Europe for a spot of summer dry fly fishing over there and I can tell you we don’t know how lucky we are to have so much fantastic fishing on our doorstep and for what we pay compared to the Europeans is mind blowing! We are truly lucky to have such an outstanding fishery here and one that we should never take for granted.

18 July 2012

From Gary Lyttle, Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

18 July 2012

Well, we needed a bit of rain to “spice up” the river fishing locally, and this week we certainly got a lot of it. All of the local rivers flooded and at the time of writing this report the only one that is remotely fishable is the Tongariro. By the time the weekend rolls around all should be good again and certainly well worth a fish.

Out on the great lake fishing is showing some improvement now that the moon has gone again. Harling has still been good during the early morning. Flies such as Ginger Mick and Green Orbit are still catching good numbers of fish. During the day fish are being caught at about the 25m depth. Trolling has been okay. Best lure colours are green and yellow, Traffic Light and the Black Toby. Jigging has still been good with darker flies such as Ginger Mick, Green Orbit and the Olive Wooly Bugger doing the damage.

The forecast for the coming week is for settled weather so this should give anglers an opportunity to get out and enjoy what I would expect to be a good period of river fishing as river flows return to normal levels.

13 July 2012

From Gary Lyttle, Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

13 July 2012

The fishing out on the lake has been quite challenging this week with very mixed reports coming in and despite a change around in the predicted weather the fish have been harder to find. Those who have been successful have still been finding them at that consistent 135 feet mark.

Probably the most successful fishing at the moment is being done by the early birds harling before and during first light. You have got to be pretty keen to get and into the icy cold at that unearthly hour but it sounds as you may well be rewarded for your efforts. Top Harling flies have been size #8 Green Orbits, Parsons Glory and Pearl Green Orbits. Long leaders at 6lb breaking strain and harling at between 6-10m zig zagging the drop off should get you into a few fish and the change of light period at night can also be productive but not as much as the morning.

Local fly fishing has been a bit harder again this week as the promised rain has now been forecast to possibly early next week, so the rivers remain quite low and very clear. Those who have been successful have been approaching the rivers with summer tactics, much lighter gear, smaller indicators, longer lighter leaders and a stealthy approach making casts from further away as the fish are now very spooky.

The river mouths have also been affected by the low levels but also have had a very bright moon to contend with this last week. The Tauranga-Taupo river mouth has again been quite good despite the bright moon and also Hatepe has been producing some fish but just for short periods at dusk going for about an hour into dark.
Although the weather has been very enjoyable to be out and about in we now need a good fresh to get the fish moving again and hopefully this won’t be too far away.

6 July 2012

From Gary Lyttle, Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

6 July 2012

The weather out on the great lake has once again been very changeable this last week with the fishing being equally unpredictable. Fish are being caught at greatly varying depths and Richard Van Dyke from White Striker charters has been finding some excellent quality fish in between the squalls with his most consistent depth at the moment being 135 feet. Lure choice is not as important as staying on the move and hunting for your fish varying the depth all the time.

Best lures this week have been the Orange and Gold, Spotty Gold, Baby Brown, Traffic Light, Green and Yellow, Cobras, also the Pink Striped Black Toby has been producing fish this week. Top areas will be wherever you can find a sheltered bay this week as we have some more fronts heading our way and possibly over the weekend. If you can get out of the bay then I would be trying out towards the White Cliffs and round to Rotagnaia Point, Waitahanui, and across to Mine Bay and Whakaipo Bay.

The local fly fishing continues to go well with the odd rain fronts coming through keeping the fish on the move. The last rain we had did not really have a huge impact on the system and the rivers remained quite clear. Small naturals such as Hare and Copper, Flashback Pheasant tails, Prince Nymph and the Cadillac Nymph have all been good flies, and with a bit of extra flow I would be giving the Green and White Caddis nymphs a go.

Once again we have some rain predicted for midweek so if it comes we should see some more fish coming through in time for the weekend, good reports in general of size and condition this winter which is always good to hear.
Big bright moon for the river mouths this week so it will be hard until the rain comes and hopefully puts a bit of colour in the water and should bring some low cloud cover with it. Tight Lines all till next week and good luck to all competitors in the Kinloch Comp this weekend.

29 June 2012

From Gary Lyttle, Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

29 June 2012

Big winds and rain midweek have restricted the fishing somewhat out on the lake therefore, there’s not too much to report this week so far. The weekend weather is looking to be a little more settled so we would hope to see a few people out and about on the lake. The fishing will be pretty patchy at this time of year and you will have to stay on the move to find your fish.

Harling in the mornings is still quite productive for those early risers, you can very often get a good couple of hours of productive fishing in before the wind starts to pick up and be home in time for breakfast with a few fish to make it worthwhile. Always check the weather first though at this time of year. The fly fishing locally had a bit of a fresh early week but not enough to really get the fish moving in any significant numbers. There was some good fishing though for the early birds again just after the rain if your there first light and the river is not to dirty you will be rewarded for your efforts .

Glo bugs first thing in the morning or if the rivers have colour, if the rivers are clear then switch to naturals as soon as the sun comes up. A change back to glo bugs at the change of light at the end of the day is always worth a go. Wetlining continues to produce some very good quality fish first thing in the mornings, if you are there first light don’t be afraid to put something big bad and ugly on, big black and brown Coneheads and black Woolly Buggers in size 6# and 4# until the sun gets higher can very often catch you the biggest fish of the day, change your size down as the day progresses unless the water is coloured then I’d keep the big boys on all day.
I don’t know how much rain we will get this week but there is definitely some on the way so once again there should be a few fish around for the coming weekend.

25 June 2012

From Gary Lyttle, Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

25 June 2012

The weather has had a big influence yet again on the fishing out on the lake this week, and it looks set to remain fairly mixed as we head towards the weekend.
Talking to the boys at White Striker charters today they tell me that the best times to be out there at the moment is probably in the mornings. Find whatever shelter you can - the local bays and Booths Farm have all been producing a few fish with the northerlies we have had this last week.

The lake front itself also has been reasonably productive, taking into consideration that a lot of fish are now in spawning mode and will be heading to the river mouths. Also remember that the lake temperature is now well and truly mixed so the fish are at very differing depths.

Fish are being caught at anything from 80 feet to 140 feet this week although I am told that around the 20m mark has been the most consistent depth this week, Fluo Orange and Green, Spotty Gold, Yellow and Green Cobras and the Red Striped Toby have been the most successful lures this week for White Striker.

The local fly fishing had another little fresh go through this week and by Friday there were anglers out in force on all our local rivers enjoying some great Taupo winter sport.
We look to have more rain on the way with a mixed forecast for the weekend so we are hoping for a repeat performance of last weekend with some good numbers of fish moving through, most anglers seemed happy with the fishing out there so far this winter both in terms of numbers and quality.

The river mouths have been a little patchy this week with reports that some are performing much better than others, no hard and fast rules there, just need to get out and try your luck on the night.

Remember that your current Taupo fishing licence is set to expire at the end of this month, We are told the new ones will be available to buy by this weekend, we recommend you ring us to check we have received stock though.

20 June 2012

From Gary Lyttle, Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

20 June 2012

The weather looks set to give the boaties a good chance to get out and enjoy some winter fishing on the great lake this week. We have a high forecast at the time of writing and it’s set to go on for the whole week and into the weekend. This will allow you to try a little further afield with places worth a visit being the Horomatangi Reef, the White Cliffs all the way round to Rotagnaia Point, Waiatahanui and the Western Bays are going to be worth a trip.

Standard lures such as the Spotty Gold, Orange and Gold, Baby Brown and the small sized Traffic Light also the small sized Black Toby are all you need. The challenge as always at this time of year is finding the right depth to fish and its only trial and error that will get you success. The fish are now at levels that vary from 60 feet down to 160 feet so those who continually chop and change to find that magic depth mark will be the ones that are successful this time of year.

The local fly fishing had a very welcome fresh come though the Taupo system last week and all the rivers had fresh fish through them. Those anglers who timed the receding levels had a ball and once again you would be pushed to say which river is better than another at the moment. The Tongariro has certainly been showing some good quality fish going through including a succession of big Browns, wetlining big dark Conies and Woolly Buggers has been the way for these bigger fish first thing in the morning. It’s good to see so many anglers adapting to Switch Rod double handers for wet lining now and seeing just how easy and productive the method can be.

Local rivers have also been going really well with reports of good numbers and quality fish going through. The Waitahanui is still having very good numbers of rainbows going through at the moment with some very good browns worth targeting further upstream. Rivers will be clear again by the weekend so you will to need to adapt and fine down your tippet and use smaller sombre coloured, slimly tied naturals.

Local river mouths have had mixed results over the last week with big westerlies pounding the beach and a big moon to contend with, this week should see an improvement in the weather and with moon having less influence will all help to improve the fishing once again. The TaurangaTaupo river mouth will the one to watch again as this has been consistently good throughout the winter.

8 June 2012

From Gary Lyttle, Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

8 June 2012

Quite an unsettled week with the weather this last week, which reflected in the fishing on the lake. Very mixed results for the boaties, but the early morning harlers seemed to have had the best of the fishing on the lake this week. Getting out on the water at dawn before the winds arrived with small Green Orbits, Olive Woolly Buggers and small sized Cobras were the go.

The change of light period late afternoon was also good if the winds had settled for the evening or you could find a sheltered bay to get out from. Similar mixed weather expected this week so be aware of the weather forecast before venturing out too far.
The fly fishing was just starting to get a little stale with low and clear rivers to contend with. Everyone’s wishes for rain seem to be on the horizon as I write this and a front of rain is set to arrive sometime this week, this will bring a fresh number of fish into the system and hopefully put just a bit of colour back into the rivers.

The river mouths have been a little inconsistent over the last week, a new moon has made the fishing a little more challenging but with this low pressure and cloud arriving they could well be worth a visit the TaurangaTaupo mouth still seems to be the most productive mouth at the moment in saying that they should all be on form with this front that’s coming although the strong winds will be for the brave.

Generally most of the local rivers have had good runs of fish very early this year and you would be hard pressed to choose one better than another they have all been fishing well and have had good numbers and good quality fish through them.
There will be less pressure on local rivers now after last weeks holiday and with rain on the horizon there should be no excuses for not getting out and enjoying what should be some awesome winter fly fishing this weekend.

1 June 2012

From Gary Lyttle, Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

1 June 2012

Lake fishing has been a little more challenging this week with the variable weather conditions making the fishing just a little harder than normal.
The downriggers seem to be doing the best out there this week and are finding fish at depths varying at anything from 110 feet to 160 feet. With fish so spread out depth wise it is critical to keep trying various depths until you find them. Top lures this week Spotty Gold, Traffic Light, Orange and Gold and Yellow and White Cobras. Small sized Spotty Gold Traffic Light lures are also doing well.

Best areas have been anywhere you can get shelter on the windier days, locally Mine Bay has been performing well this week but the fish have been very deep. The local Golden Mile has still been producing fish particularly around the Rangatira Point and Jerusalem Bay areas, just out of town the White Cliffs continue to fish exceptionally well, and round to Rotagnaia Point is also fishing well.

A clear and sunny weekend is forecast for this weekend at the time of writing, so the Reef and even the Western Bays will be worth looking at if the weather holds out.
The fly fishing had another fresh through the Taupo system this week with reports of good numbers of fish going through most of the local rivers, a job to say which is best at the moment because reports we receive are positive from all of the local rivers.
The river mouths are also on form at the moment with the Tauranga Taupo river mouth the pick of the bunch at the moment for consistent numbers and quality.

Hatepe mouth has also been producing fish this week during late afternoon till late and the Waitahanui having the better fishing for the early morning shift.
Numbers still remain good and so does quality judging by what we see here in the shop, it’s a stunning time of year to be out with a fly rod make the most of it and get out and enjoy the great Taupo outdoors !!!!

25 May 2012

From Gary Lyttle, Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

25 May 2012

What a stunning week to be out on the Great Lake not only for some great fishing but just to be out there with clear blue skies and snow covered mountains as a back drop. We are truly lucky. The calmer weather has allowed the boaties to get out a bit further afield and try their luck over in the Western Bays where the fishing has been quite good for the time of year.

Waihora and Kawakawa have been going quite well for the leadliners and Downriggers. Closer to home Mine Bay continues to go well as does Whakaipo, Rangatira and the Golden Mile. Horomatangi Reef was the place to be midweek with some excellent reports of good numbers and quality fish being caught at depths that average anything from 130 to 150 feet deep. Top Lures this week again are the Traffic Light, Baby Brown, Spotty Gold and Orange and Gold Cobras.

Harling for those hardy souls who get up in the dark and frosty mornings has been steady this week along the lake front, Waitahanui and Hatepe. Green Orbits are still the favourite flies along with Taupo Tiger and various rabbits. Smaller sized #6 and #8 patterns are doing better than the larger flies.

Local fly fishing had a welcome spurt of fish throughout the system after those rains came through good reports form all the local rivers again this week. The Waitahanui continues to be the river on form this week with some very good Browns being caught along with some exceptional Rainbows. Most fish that are killed have been found to be in excellent condition and fat.

The Tongariro had some great fishing early in the week especially for the early bird wetliners using various dark coloured Rabbits and Woolly Buggers. The nymphing is coming into its own once the sun comes up and smaller naturals will fare better than the egg patterns as the sun gets higher in the sky.
Small size #12 and #14 Green Caddis, Flash back PTN’s, Hares ears, Cadillacs and Prince Nymph will do the job for you in the clearer and brighter conditions if it gets real hard and low then try going to lighter tippet and even down to #16s. Tight Lines till next week.

18 May 2012

From Gary Lyttle, Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

18 May 2012

The weather this week has not been the best for being out on the great lake fishing, but for those hardy souls who picked some sheltered spots the fishing continued to be good. Best depths anything from 130-160 feet deep. Mine Bay has been the local hotspot this week with some nice fish coming to the downrigger, other areas that been doing well locally during the less windy days have been the White Cliffs round to Rotognaia Point and Waitahanui also the Golden Mile continues to produce reasonable numbers of fish.

Top lures, Orange and Gold, Spotty Gold,White and Lemon and the small sized Traffic Light are all worth trying as well as the small sized Black Toby.
Local fly fishing has responded well to some rain this week, good reports from the Waitahanui and the Tongariro, the TaurangaTaupo will also come good as we get towards the weekend as the levels subside.

Top flies have been small champagne and orange Glo Bugs especially early morning and in the coloured water, as the water clears then the naturals will fare better with Gold beaded Hare and Copper, Prince Nymph, Cadillac and Flashbacks. Remember to have a few Green Caddis with you as well with the extra flows sizes #12 and #14 are pretty much all you need.

Wet lining will be highly productive at this time of year and in these high water conditions fish are very concentrated quite close to the sides to escape the higher flows and can be targeted very effectively by swinging some dark coloured Woolly Buggers and Cone heads.

Backcountry rivers have continued to fish well up until the last rains with some good Mayfly hatches to be had on the warmer days, extra flows in the rivers will require the nymph box to come out for the remaining weeks of the season. A lot of pressure is now off these backcountry rivers so are always worth a visit towards the end of the season
Everything is still looking good for what we hope will be an exciting winter season ahead. Tight lines to you all

4 May 2012

From Gary Lyttle, Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

4 May 2012

Mornings are the best time be out for a fish on the great lake at the moment as the fishing has been considerably slower during the middle of the day.
Trolling with the downrigger has been the most consistent method lately with the best depths being just a bit shallower this week, 20 to 30 metres is all you need at the moment, of course trial and error with the exact depth is paramount at this time of year.

Orange and Gold, Baby Brown and the small sized Spotty Gold are the top lures this week. Best spots have been out to the White Cliffs and around to Rotognaia Point, locally the peninsulas at Whareweka, Jerusalem and Acacia Bay along the Golden Mile have all produced fish in the mornings.

Local fly fishing has been very good over the last few weeks especially at Waitahanui. Good numbers of fresh fish including some very good quality trout have been moving into the river and are now fairly well spread throughout the length, also the Tongariro has been fishing well now the flows have steadied, most rivers are now fairly low and clear and will require a little more stealth with your approach, and also the naturals will fare better in the clearer water than glowies you need to be using smaller, bland looking nymphs such as PTN's and Hare and Copper. Try fining down your tippet and use smaller indicators until we get some decent freshies.

Those of you who are planning to fish any of the lakes this weekend remember that it’s the start of duck shooting!!!! On the whole its looking great for the local rivers this winter if the fish numbers and size we are seeing at the moment is anything to go by.

13 April 2012

From Gary Lyttle, Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

13 April 2012

What a stunning Easter weekend we had!! Just the most perfect few days for taking the boat out on the great lake to enjoy some of the best back end fishing of the year. The fishing on the whole was very good, a little patchy in places but those who know the lake reasonably well had some great sport. Still some very good quality fish showing up, in fact it has been remarked on numerous occasions this last week or so that the fish generally are in better condition than they have been for quite some years.

Top depths have been anything from 110 to 150 feet, chopping and changing those depths to stay in touch with the fish has been the key factor as always at this time of year. Top lures have been Baby Brown, Orange and Gold, Spotty Gold, Green and Yellow Cobras and the smaller sized Black and Gold Toby lure.

Jigging was also quite productive again this week with the same Pat Swift smelt flies doing the trick fishing at anything from 25 to 40 meters deep. Nice light winds have been perfect for the last few days especially over the Reef.

Local fly fishing has also been very productive with river mouths getting a lot of attention and despite the very bright full moon there were still reasonable numbers of fish getting caught and some good quality fish amongst them. The local rivers responded well to the sunny weather and the Passion Hoppers came out to play on the surface giving some exciting back end dry fly sport.

The Waitahanui continues to have good numbers of quality fish going up river and some very good Browns have been spotted throughout the whole length. As I write the rivers are starting to get quite low and clear so you will need to change fly sizes down and fish flies down to size #14 and #16 you may also have to change your tippet size down as well to get some interest.

6 April 2012

From Gary Lyttle, Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

6 April 2012

Another steady weeks fishing out there on the great lake this week. Plenty of fish being caught although a few smaller fish starting to show up now but on the whole fish are in very good condition. The trolling has been good this week with the best depths around 100-120 feet deep, chopping and changing between those depths has been the key to success.

Top lures this week are the Orange and Gold Kiwi lure, Traffic Light and Spotty Gold Cobras, also the smaller Black Toby has been a good variant to try. Best spots this week without doubt have been the White Cliffs and round to Rotongaia Point with plenty of good quality fish being caught. Jigging is still catching a fair number of fish out there and still worth while trying with top depths between 30-40 meters deep.

Local fly fishing continues to go well with some excellent reports of big fish being caught on the Waitahanui and the Tongariro this week. Fish are being seen throughout the lengths of both rivers and are being caught on smaller naturals during the day. Wet lining the Tongariro early mornings has been very successful using smaller sized Olive Woolly Buggers and smaller sized #10 and #8 Black and Olive Coneheads.

Big Browns continue to enter the Waitahanui and are proving a challenge to tempt. Trout are still rising for the for the Passion Hoppers and are providing some great back end dry fly sport. The river mouths have been fishing well again with some thumping good rainbows coming off the Waitahanui and Hatepe rips. Some night’s are better than others but on the whole the best fishing is getting later into the night.

Forecast is for some unsettled weather for the weekend this will again hopefully bring some early winter spawners into the system for the Easter Weekend. See you out there.

23 March 2012

From Gary Lyttle, Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

23 March 2012

Some outstanding fishing has been had out on the lake this week. Richard Van Dyke has been skippering Trout Catcher Taupo charters this week and reported a 25 fish day on Monday. His comments were “outstanding fishing with some very good quality fish have been caught this week.” He has reported one Rainbow of 8lb this week and another yesterday at the shop at 6 ½ lb.

Top spots for Richard have been the White Cliffs this week trolling at 130 feet with small Spotty Gold and Traffic Light Cobras. Acacia Bay has also fished well this week at 130 feet using Baby Brown Cobras. Whareweka Point at 150 feet again on the Baby Browns, and Jerusalem Bay at 110 feet using Smelt Lures.

Harling has slowed just a little this week even the early morning birds shave found it a little harder. Jigging however just keeps going and has been producing some very good quality fish on Pat Swift smelt patterns in size #10 and #12, 30 to 40 meters seems to be the key depths this week.

Local fly fishing has been very good also and as predicted the local rips have been fishing extremely well even through the day. Spasmodic runs of fish have been running the gauntlet at Waitahanui and Hatepe, we had unconfirmed reports of a double figure Rainbow from Waitahanui this week and numerous fish up to 6lb being caught , fast sink lines and Boobies are doing the damage at the moment out there.

Back country fishing has also been enjoying some very late Cicada action as the big insects start to get cold and drowsy they are an easy meal for the trout.
Good numbers of Browns now in the Waitahanui and the Tongariro it’s a great time of year to be out and about with a fly rod with less people on the rivers now and plenty of fish to target.

Big winds and rain midweek will have put some fresh water into the rivers and we should expect another pulse of fresh early runners in the rivers by the weekend.
Tight Lines all

9 March 2012

From Gary Lyttle, Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

9 March 2012

Very mixed weather out there on the great lake this week, which has meant lots of anglers have been restricted to fishing inside any bays that have been offering shelter from the very strong winds.

Those lucky enough to get out with a window of calmer weather have had some exceptional fishing. Jigging is still very much the in method again this week with some very good fish coming out from the local hotspots.

Waitahanui just over the drop off has been very good, Wharewaka was a little quieter this week, Mine Bay, Maori Carvings, Rangatira Point and Whakaipo Peninsula have all fished well for the jiggers. Top flies have again been the Pat Swift Smelt flies in size 10#and 12#, Olive Woolly buggers in size 10# have been the better bottom dropper flies.

Reports of some very good fish once again from Horomatangi Reef this week on the jig, fish from 3lbs to 5 ½ lbs for some very happy anglers earlier this week. Harling early in the mornings is still going well, small Green Orbits in size 8# have been the go, Acacia Bay back down to Boat Harbour and Waitahanui have been fishing well.

Fly fishing is still very good, Cicadas are still singing but not so much and not so active until later in the day now, there is still good Cicada action around but the first few consecutive cold mornings will start to slow them down considerably. The Passion Vine Hopper fishing is about to start and can give some of the best dry fly fishing of the season, we have had reports already of some our local rivers responding well to the hoppers and as long as the weather holds out we should be in for a good few weeks ahead.

The river mouths are looking good, once the moons goes down we should start to see some good solid fish coming out of our local rips there have already been some good reports from both Waitahanui and Hatepe during the overcast weather conditions earlier this week, even during the day has been reasonably productive.

24 February 2012

From Gary Lyttle, Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

24 February 2012

A mixed bag this week with the very changeable weather out on the lake, as usual those who have braved the elements and found some sheltered bays out of the wind have had some good fishing. Downriggers and jigging are the top methods now during the daylight hours, the water has warmed up and the fish are sitting in the thermocline areas at around 30-40 meters deep.

The Jigging especially has started to really fire and we have had reports of some fabulous fishing out at the Reef when the weather has allowed. Fish of around three to five pounds have been quite common with the odd ones showing up at six and seven pounds all the fish spewing up smelt and with excellent condition factors.

Other top areas have been Mine Bay, Whakaipo, Rangatira and Maori Carvings, the Western Bays have also been firing on the drop offs. Top flies are the Pat Swift, Jack Spratt and Grey Ghost flies in size 10# and also the Green Orbits in size 10# on the bottom dropper.

Local fly fishing has also been going well with continued warm and humid conditions keeping the Cicada action going. The Tongariro continues to be the top local river to be on for the dry fly action. The back country rivers have also been fishing well to the Cicada with the Mohaka in particular providing some great sport.

The local river mouths are starting to fish well now the full moon has gone, and if you want the chance to catch one of Taupo’s most magnificent and highly prized trophy Brown Trout then now is the time whether on the dry fly or at the river mouth on a wet fly. There is no doubt that the Big Brown trout are on the increase locally and to actually have a population of such stunning wild creatures on the increase in such times makes our fishery the envy of the fly fishing world.

10 February 2012

From Gary Lyttle, Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

10 February 2012

No complaints from the fishing out there this week, some beautiful conditioned trout full of smelt being caught over the last few days for the trollers, best times are the change of light especially early mornings and best depths are anything from 80 feet to 130 feet deep , most consistent depth this week has been around the 30 metre mark, best lures have been the Orange and Gold and Spotty Gold with the Traffic light and small Black Toby doing really well.

Jigging is now going very well with top local spots this week over at Whareweka and over at Mine bay depending on the wind. Horomatangi Reef has been producing some stunning bigger fish when the conditions have allowed. Any of the small Pat Swift Smelt patterns will do the job and best depths are between 30 metres and 45 metres at the moment.

Fly fishing has been nothing short of awesome out there over the last couple of weeks with some of the best Cicada action I have ever seen the rivers are now stable and clear and the last spell of hot weather we had brought the Cicadas out on mass, The high country bush clad rivers have been the places to be where the Cicadas are most prolific any big rubber legged dark Stimulater patterns sized from 8# to 6# will do the job and the bigger the splash with the fly the better !!

Now is the time to be out there enjoying the very best of what our beloved Taupo region has to offer Iff you want some local Cicada action then look no further than the Tongariro which has seen some great fishing throughout its length the weather needs to be good though and overcast and cooler days will see less surface activity so keep an eye on the forecast. With luck and good weather we hopefully will some excellent Cicada fishing throughout February and possibly into early March.

25 November 2011

From Gary Lyttle, Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

25 November 2011

Fishing this last week has been a lot better again out on the lake for those who braved the winds and rain. Harling is still the top method for those prepared to get out of bed and on the lake nice and early. White Striker charters have been having a blast this last week with the Harling landing a Brown Trout at 8lb and a Rainbow at 5lb, plus quite a few good quality fish one morning over at Rangatira Point.

Similar action also for Bravado and White Striker on the downriggers fishing much deeper than normal getting down to anything from 35-45 meters deep. Local anglers Mr Bill Lomaz and Grandson Jack Laugeseen have had some great fishing out there this week catching a number of good quality Rainbows topped by a Brown Trout of 4 3/4 lb.


Top lures this week are Orange and Gold Kiwis, Green and Yellow Cobras and small sized Spotty Gold Cobras, chopping and changing depth is still very much a part of success out there at the moment. The inclement wintery weather has restricted a lot of fishing to local bays this last week but once the weather settles it will be well worth while getting over to the Western Bays and over the Reef to try some less pressured water.

Local fly fishing has had a windy wintery blast this week with lots of rain so the fishing has been somewhat slower with the odd bit of good fishing has been coming from some of the local river mouths once the wind dies down. Waitahanui in particular has had some reasonable numbers going through. The Tongaririo continues to have small consistent pods of fish going through especially on these low pressures we have been having.

Backcountry rivers have had mixed reports with the wintery weather holding back a lot of insect activity and the dry fly activity in the evenings has also been very intermittent with a cold wind arriving just at hatch time. Good news is better weather should be just round the corner, Brown and Green Beetles are on the wing and I heard the first Cicada here in town just yesterday so all to look forward to now as we head towards summer.

18 November 2011

From Gary Lyttle, Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

18 November 2011

A mixed bag out on the lake this week with some people finding lots of fish and having a ball while others struggled to find a single fish. The key once again has been the depth for the trollers. Fish have been caught at depths varying from 50 feet down to 120 feet , those who have been most successful are the ones who have made the effort to continually change the depths at which they fish, and also religiously staying on the move until they locate the fish.

Top lures this week are once again Baby Brown, Orange and Gold, Green and Yellow Cobras. Also working has been the Green Striped small Black Toby. Harling is still the most consistent method out there at the moment and early morning and late evening are the two best times to be out there harling at the moment.

Jigging has been going quite well for quite a few people this week with depths again quite crucial. During the middle of the day the fish have been caught as deep as 55m by some of the locals using Pat Swift Smelts and Olive and Black Woolly buggers on the point.

Local fly fishing has been quite good this week with rivers now stable and clear. The Hinemaia still continues to produce some good fishing and the Tauranga-Taupo has good numbers of fish in the upper reaches. The Tongariro still continues to have some spasmodic runs of fish through the system and with less people. About now is a very good option for some good sighted fishing weather permitting. The river mouths have had some decent fishing this week with small Bobbies and fast sinking lines especially at the Waitahanui.

Dry fly activity continues to increase in the evenings now and we had our first Caddis hatch mid week despite a cool wind using Elk Hair Caddis with a good early hatch extending over two hours so not a bad start to the dry fly season. Mixed weather forecast for the weekend so just keep an eye on what’s happening before making definite plans.

11 November 2011

From Gary Lyttle, Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

11 November 2011

Fishing out on the great lake this week has been very good once again for most. November is prime time for the Harlers, and the past few weeks fishing has been outstanding for those first couple of hours of daylight. Top flies will be Parsons Glory, Yellow Lady, Green Orbit and Ginger Micks, small sized Spotty Gold and Traffic Light Cobras on the point are also going well.

Trollers have had a better week this week with top depths continuing to be around the 100 feet mark and sometimes even deeper down to 120 feet. Best lures have been Baby Brown, Traffic light, and Spotty Gold also the smaller sized Black and Gold and all Copper Tobies have been successful. The trolllers have found the fishing quite consistent even throughout the day at these deeper depths.

The weather, particularly the wind has been quite varied this week, very often restricting the areas to fish but those who have braved the elements and managed to find some sheltered bays have been rewarded with some good fishing quite close to town. Weather looks a little calmer for the weekend ahead so might be a good time to head out a little further afield and try some less pressured areas such as the Western Bays.

The local fly fishing has been quite good as the rivers have now receded. It is now time to start thinking about the dry fly dropper rigs as some fish will now seek out more riffled type water to gain condition. Lots of reports now of good Mayfly Hatches in most rivers, we had our first dry fly evening this week, and even on a cold windy night had plenty of activity by finding a sheltered area out of the wind. No Caddis as yet but with a few warm days they will be here very soon as will our first Beetle hatches, all to look forward to now so tight lines till next week.

4 November 2011

From Gary Lyttle, Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

4 November 2011

Good fishing out there this week with fair reports from most boaties on the lake. Early morning harling is still the best option for sheer numbers during that magic day break hour or so. Most areas are still working well. For harling, the change of light in the evening has also been a lot better this week. Top flies are the Green Orbit, Yellow Lady and Parsons Glory, with the smaller size 6# patterns seem to be more effective at the moment.

Trolling has been a lot more consistent this week with the key depth still being just that little bit deeper around the 100 feet mark. Top lures this week are Baby Brown, Orange and Gold, Kiwi Copper, and Spotty Gold. Chopping and changing your depth if you are not catching at this time of the year will be the main key to success for the trollers this week.

Jigging has made an early start this year with some very good quality fishing coming from just a little deeper than normal this week. Try fishing out to the 50-60m mark to cover more water and different depths. Horomatangi Reef fished very well for some anglers who visited the shop this week, with fish up to 5lbs being caught at the 55m mark. Top patterns for jiggers this week are the Pat Swift Green Orbits on the point and a selection of different Pat Swift smelt patterns in sizes 10# and 12# on the droppers.

Weather looks a bit changeable at the moment for the weekend, any where you can find reasonable shelter locally is going to be worth a try. Local Fly Fishing seems to be going very well still. The Tauranga-Taupo had a good run though as predicted, but has slowed considerably now. The Waitahanui has been having good numbers and some quality fish going through this week. Those who fished the higher reaches have been rewarded with some good fishing with naturals such as Hare and Copper, PTN’s and Cadillacs in size 14# and 16#.

The Tongariro is still the top performer this week and has had steady fishing on most days. There’s good Mayfly activity on this river at the moment, so be prepared for short spells on the dries when the opportunity arises.

28 October 2011

Ella Bowers, 7 years old of Hill Top school with a nice Waitahanui fish whilst out with dad last week

From Gary Lyttle, Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

28 October 2011

We have been enjoying the first signs of summer this week and the fishing out on the lake has been going well for most. Harling is still going really well for that first change of light period on day break for about an hour and half of frantic activity once again you don’t have to go far to find the good fishing. Again it does not really matter what lures you use it is just a magic time of day out there.

Change of light in the early evening has also been good but not as good as that magic morning period. Waitahanui has probably been the top spot this week with quite a few locals changing to jigging once that sun comes up. They have been going very well just over the drop off, quite a few have commented on the better sized fish now coming to the jigging over there during the day.

The trollers have also had a better week. Nick Reed from the Bravado Charters has been finding plenty of fish by going just a little deeper this week just over the 100 feet mark has been the key with Baby Brown, Spotty Gold and Orange and Gold Lures doing the damage.

The local fly fishing was performing a lot better this week as the rivers receded from last week’s rain and as predicted the Tauranga Taupo and the Tongariro performed very well for the anglers who got the timing right. Quite a bit of dry fly activity reported this week with some very good hatches of Mayfly and we had our first visitor telling us of a day on the dry fly on the Tongariro catching some nice sized mending fish on the Adams dry fly.

Quite a few reports also now of the back country rivers coming good now that the levels have settled the Mohaka especially has been fishing quite well. Long range forecast is for a long hot summer this year so let’s hope that we have that long awaited Cicada year, in the mean time, tight lines till next week.

21 October 2011

From Gary Lyttle, Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

21 October 2011

Fishing out on the lake has been just a little inconsistent this week for the boaties. Early morning harling is still going really well, and Waitahanui is probably one of the more productive areas at the moment for harling.

The downriggers are finding the going just a little harder this week with key fishing depths that are varying from anything between 50 and 100 feet so the key again is to vary the depth all the time until you find the zone. Chop and change your lures, not only the colours, but vary from standard sizes to King sizes to try to see what is working on the day.
Top lures this week Yellow and Green and Spotty Gold, Baby Brown and Orange and Gold Cobras in both standard and king size.

Local rivers had another deluge of rain this week and by Wednesday there was only the Hinemaia and Waitahanui rivers left fishable. Both rivers were producing fish for most anglers with small sized globugs in the morning, and naturals during the day were doing most of the damage.

Forecast for the weekend is quite good with just showers predicted so the local rivers should be fishable by Friday and should all have reasonable numbers of fish running them. My money would be on the Tongariro and the Tauranga Taupo to be the top two performers this weekend, but you will need to double check those levels before making plans.

30 September 2011

From Gary Lyttle, Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

30 September 2011

Early mornings and change of light are still the best times for fishing out on the great lake this week. Some very good fish being caught first light, with the best spots being Waitahanui, 5 Mile Bay, Rotognaia Point and round to the White Cliffs if the weather has permitted.

Fishing that shallower depth seems to be the key at anything between 40 and 80 feet as the water temperature remains at just over 11 degrees. Chop and change your depth and lures till you find what works is very much the answer this week.

Top lures are Baby Brown, Solid Gold, Traffic Light and Fluo Orange and Green Cobras. Harling has also continued to do well even just along the lake front itself this week. Smaller sized 6# flies are doing well with the Green Orbit, Parsons Glory and Ginger Mick doing the damage.

The local fly fishing has been patchy this week as the rivers have become lower and clearer after the rains. The fish are still coming through but in smaller numbers and are running through quite quickly staying on the move to find those fresh fish has been the key to success this week.

Smaller naturals down to size 16# is what you will need to use in the clearer conditions. Top spot will have to be the Tongariro this week as fresh fish continue to pulse up the river on a reasonably regular basis. Conditions are challenging but staying on the move and adapting to fishing much finer has been getting some good results with some very good quality fish showing up through the week.

16 September 2011

From Gary Lyttle, Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

16 September 2011

Wind and bad weather has kept the ‘boaties’ very much at bay this week, but those who have braved the elements and found some shelter have found the fishing a little harder than previous weeks.

The Harlers that have got out on the water at first light on days before the wind has got up have had some very good fishing, but a lot of small fish to contend with.

On the other hand, the local fly fishing has had a bit of a mini bonanza with a big Westerly hitting our local rivers coinciding with some good rain over the weekend. This gave the Hinemaia, the Waitahanui and the Tauranga-Taupo some very good runs of fresh fish.

Those who were able to get out and take advantage of those conditions were rewarded with some excellent fishing. Glo Bugs and Bombs were the go on the day with large sized 10# and 12#, eggs and some heavy weight bombs to get down through the heavier flows.

The wetliners had a ball going down Tauranga-Taupo on Tuesday with some very good quality fish being caught on Black and Olive Woolly Buggers and Cone heads. The Tongariro did not get overly affected by the rain but did get a decent run of fresh fish through. Once again the wetliners probably had the best of the fishing early in the mornings.

Forecast for the weekend is for more unsettled weather (not going to say rain!) and for a colder South Westerly wind to hit by the weekend so it will be rough but the conditions with the higher river levels should be very good.

9 September 2011

From Gary Lyttle, Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

9 September 2011

Harling first thing in the morning was the way to go over this past week. Harling with either a Yellow Lady or Green Orbit being chased by a standard Cobra in Fluo Orange or Spotty Gold has been the killing combo.

The downriggers are still finding fish at those shallower depths, anything from 50-80 feet will keep you in the action, chop and change to stay with the fish is the key. Top lures for the down riggers this week are Orange and Gold, Baby Brown, Black Toby and of course small or large Spotty Gold Cobras.

Top spots locally haven’t changed much with good fishing out at Dirty Duck Creek, Rotagnaia Point and around the White Cliffs have all been producing some fish. The Lake Front and Booths Farm are still producing plenty of fish but tend to be on the small side. Lots of reports of smaller fish at the moment, but all in very good condition with plenty of smelt inside the stomachs.

Jigging had a bit of spurt this week around the Western Bays area reports of some very good quality fish also from the Kinloch area for the jiggers. Top flies are the Fluo Chart smelt and small Pat Swift Smelt patters in size 10# and #12.

Local fly fishing is still on the hard side we still have had no rain to speak of for quite a number of weeks now and the fishing is definitely very hard on most local rivers. The Tongariro has little runs going through early morning and at the end of the day but very patchy. The most productive anglers are staying on the move throughout the day to find odd pockets of fish well spread out.

The river mouths have been fishing quite steady at the end of the day going through till into dark that has slowed a little now as we go in to a new moon.

Rotoaira Lake opened last week and with the great weather we have had over the last few days it has been fishing very well.
Reminder that new national licences are due 1st of October and are available from us now. Still wishing for rain, tight lines all.

2 September 2011

From Gary Lyttle, Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

2 September 2011

Good fishing still going on out on the lake this week. Harling has been the top method for numbers of fish this week, also some better quality fish being caught on the Harl during the week. Reports from quite a few sources commenting on the large amounts of smelt being found in the trout caught over the last few weeks, this has got to be positive news.

Still very early in the morning is the time to be out there for the best of the fishing. Also change of light in the afternoon will produce some reasonable fishing. Top lures to harl with will be the smaller Spotty Gold, Yellow and Green Cobras chasing a small Parsons Glory or Yellow Lady.

The lake front and Golden Mile is still as good as anywhere to try, although those who took advantage of the calmer weather and ventured further afield over to the Western Bays had some excellent fishing with some good quality fish caught.

For the trollers, during the day, the top lures are still both the large and small Spotty Gold Cobras plus Orange and Gold King Cobras, Green and Yellow Cobras and the Green and Gold Toby have all been working well this week. Fishing those shallower depths has been the key this week for the trollers, anywhere between 40-60 feet deep, chop and change your lures and depths to find your fish.

Local fly fishing this week depends on how much rain we get, although we did have some steady runs through the system at the beginning of the week as the barometer dropped. Reports from the Tongariro suggest the early birds who got out of bed were rewarded with some reasonable fishing.

The river mouths have been very busy as fish start to gather at the entrances awaiting the next fresh, mixed reports on the fishing, odd bursts of activity as fish come through in small shoals some good quality fish being caught but very spasmodic. Most rivers will have had fresh fish in them during this week and are all well worth trying but we do still really need that next proper fresh.

Lake Rotoaira opens this week Sept 1st well worth a visit this time of year, also a reminder that the new National Licences are due Oct 1st and are available now.

26 August 2011

From Gary Lyttle, Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

26 August 2011

Another steady weeks fishing out there on the great lake this week with cear cold and crisp winter weather and clear sunny views over the snow capped mountains. Just a stunning place to be out on at this time of year!

Best fishing is once again a lot shallower, anywhere from 40-80 feet deep. Remember the key is to chop and change fishing depths to stay in touch with the fish. Small Cobras in Spotty Gold, Baby Brown, Yellow and Green, and Rastafarian, as well as Orange and Gold King Cobra are still doing the damage also the Small Black Toby is worth a try.

Best areas are the local Bays including Acacia Bay, The Lake Front, Whakaipo and Waitahanui, over to Rotagnaia and the Cliffs, with some good reports this week from the Horomatangi Reef. If the weather stays as calm and clear as it has been recently, then basically the world is your oyster out there.

Harling has also been very productive but without doubt the best fishing whether harling or trolling is still very early in the morning and then again at the change of light, late afternoon.

Local fly fishing is still very challenging with the continued low and clear conditions. Most local rivers will have had small runs of fish go through now that the moon has died down a little, but they are running through very fast under the cover of darkness and proving difficult to tempt when found.

One big advantage you can have is being on the water before anyone else. This means getting out of bed and being on the river just before daybreak. You will find some very cold conditions but you should be rewarded with the best fishing of the day.

Top flies to use locally are small, drab and slim looking naturals such as P.T.N’s, Hares Ear and Green and White Caddis in size 14# and 16#. Change the leader right down to 5lb or 6lb B/S and keep movements to a minimum. Don’t walk straight up the runs, just stand back and watch for a while before going ahead too quickly. Here’s wishing for rain. Tight lines all.

19 August 2011

From Gary Lyttle, Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

19 August 2011

Steady fishing out there on the lake this week. The key this week has been to fish a lot shallower than normal, 45-85 feet is all the depth you need on the downriggers as the lake temperatures have plummeted over the last few days.

The mornings have by far been the best time to be out there at the moment, the fishing has still been steady through the day but the “hot” time is early morning. The lake front has been where the action is this week, also Booths Farm and the Golden Mile, if you want to travel a little further afield then Dirty Duck Creek, Waitahanui and Rotognaia Point will be well worth a try.

Top lures this week are still the Orange and Gold King Cobra,and the smaller standard Cobras in Spotty Gold,Green and Yellow, Rastafarian and Baby Brown. The local fly fishing had a bit of a lift this week though not the numbers we expected despite the arctic blast. The river levels stayed pretty much the same and remained very clear.

Conditions remain the same with low and clear rivers, and best time out on the rivers by a country mile is early in the morning. Those who are braving the cold and getting out on the rivers at day break are being rewarded with some very good fishing as the fishing starts to slow down rapidly as the sun gets higher.

Small naturals are the way to go. I had a little walk up the Hinemaia and the Waitahanui on Tuesday, which turned out to be a stunning day, and had a reasonable days sport.

All the fish were caught on size 14# and 16# black beaded Hares Ears and there seemed to plenty of fish in the both the rivers but very picky, I saw some very nice Browns in the Waitahanui and managed to land one at 3.3 kg a stunning conditioned jack fish that fought like a Trojan all the way to the net.

We need a good fresh now to spur things along again, so here’s hoping for more rain and not snow. Tight lines till next week.

12 August 2011

From Gary Lyttle, Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

12 August 2011

Fishing on the lake has been a bit mixed over the past few days with reports suggesting the best fishing has been quite local, mainly around the Golden Mile. Booths farm area is as far as you have needed to go really. Wharewaka and the lake front itself have also been fishing quite well.

Chopping and Changing your depth is the key to success this time of year as fish are at varying levels now. Best depths to fish are anything between 80-100 feet, top lures this week will be the Red and Green Cobra, Spotty Gold and Yellow and White Cobras, Orange and Gold King Cobra and also the smaller Black and Gold Toby.

Early Morning Harling has been successful again this week. Top Flies this week are the Green Orbits and Yellow Lady and also the Parsons Glory is worth a try. The bright Fluo Orange, Black barred Cobra has been the successful lure to Harl with this week.

The local fly fishing has been hard over the last week or so, but good news is that as I write this on Wednesday morning there is good rain forecast and is likely to last a few days into the weekend.

Get your wetlines ready with some large Black or dark coloured Woollies, use weighted ones in the higher flows and non weighted for fishing the edges as the levels recede. As the water colours up you can get away with fishing quite large eggs and use the brighter colours. Remember the bigger the Glo Bug you use, the more weight you need to get it down to the bottom.

Most rivers will respond to the fresh if they all go too high too quickly then remember the Tongariro can very often be the first river to recede and become fishable after high flows. The Waitahanui will nearly always be the last to become unfishable, so bear this in mind when planning your weekend.

We have not had any significant runs through the system since the last rains over a fortnight ago so we should be expecting a good number through this week. Enough said. Now is the hour!! It should all be on this weekend, get your waders and coats on and get out and enjoy.

5 August 2011

From Gary Lyttle, Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

5 August 2011

Local fly fishing had a real boost over the last week or two, a good rain coinciding with a drop in temperature and hardly any moon. We also had some strong westerlies to help put the perfect scenario together, the local rivers responded immediately with good pulses of freshies coming up all the East side rivers. Admittedly some rivers fared better than others in regard to numbers but on the whole everyone enjoyed some sport.

This week has been more challenging as the river levels recede and the water becomes clearer, the fish are still there but become increasingly wary and less active.

We have many visitors coming in the shop complaining that the fishing is no good now until the next fresh because they aren’t catching all of a sudden. Yet I see the same folks on the river with huge indicators the size of shuttlecocks, fishing 10 and 12lb line and big size #8 eggs in low and clear water. To stay successful in these clearer conditions it is vital you adapt to the conditions on the day.

When that water starts to get clearer you need to fine your equipment down to near summer tactics, start with fining your tippet down to 5 or 6lbs, use smaller weighted naturals 12#s and #14s and reduce the size of the indicator accordingly. Stay on the move and don’t wade if you don’t have to. Many fish hug the sides out of the main current and can be spotted and cast to from the bank. If you wade to much you risk spooking not just one fish but all the fish in the pool.

Just a few pointers to try and help those that don’t do as well as they would like when the going gets a bit harder. If you’re visiting and the locals are catching all around you, pluck up courage and go and politely ask what they are using and how they are doing it, most good “Tauponians” are only too happy to help.

River mouths had a mixed bag despite perfect conditions after the winds changed. Early mornings are the best bet again, if you can get a good line out to over the lip at present then the Tauranga Taupo mouth has been the pick of the bunch this week.

29 July 2011

From Gary Lyttle, Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

29 July 2011

Steady fishing out there for the boaties this week. You still don’t have to travel very far to get some decent fishing reports from just around the Golden Mile, Booths Farm and round to Acacia and Jerusalem Bays have been as far as you need to go. Plenty of fish being caught though still lots of small fish to contend with.

Top depths for the trollers have been anywhere between 60-90 feet, and best lures have been the small Spotty Gold, Orange and Gold and Green and Yellow Cobras. Harling has also been successful this week along the same areas running a Cobra lure on the point and a Yellow Lady or Green Orbit fly on the dropper. Both the flies and the lures are getting hits equally.

Fly fishing this week has been steady with the cold snap and some steady river levels and also no moon visibility at the mouth has seen a few fish moving up the rivers in reasonable numbers.

Some good quality Browns and Rainbows are still being caught throughout the local rivers. Small glo bugs are still the way to go first thing in the mornings but once the sun gets up the naturals start to score better. Flies such as Prince Nymph, Green and White Caddis, Flash Back PTN’s and Hare and Copper in sizes #12 and #14, go down in size as the water gets clearer.

The forecast once again looks mixed for the weekend. If we get some decent rain then give the wet line a go, this method is making a big come back and is a great traditional way to search a lot of water, if you have never tried it, and I am always surprised by the amount of anglers who haven’t! You should give it a go, many anglers now wet line downstream then change over to nymph and fish back up stream to the car, or vice versa.

This week’s picture is of local 12 year old Matthew Dean, who attends Taupo Intermediate School with a very nice looking 6lb Brown, well done Matthew who set a great example by safely returning this handsome fish to fight another day. Until next week, tight lines all.

22 July 2011

From Gary Lyttle, Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

22 July 2011

Local fly fishing got off to a flyer this last weekend as the river levels
receded from the earlier rains. The wet liners did best as the levels took a little longer than expected to come down and clear. Most rivers were fishable and in excellent condition by Wednesday morning. Reports have been coming through of some very good fishing from most of
our local rivers, this has helped as a lot of holiday anglers are visiting
and they have been able to spread out quite well.

Early mornings with the Glo Bugs are the way to go as the water starts to clear this week, as the day goes on a change to naturals will very often get them going again. Top flies to try this week will be the PTN flashbacks, Hare and Copper, Cadlillac in size 12# and 14#.

With the higher flows there is always an abundance of both white and green Caddis made available that get dislodged and free drift in huge numbers. These are an easy meal for trout and they waste no time in zoning in to these insects at such times. Try these in sizes from 10# to 12# in the slightly coloured water and go down to 14# in the clearer water.

We took a trip up the T.T on Monday and saw plenty of anglers coming back down the track, mainly wet liners, with nice fresh silver bullets on the way to the smoke house. Top wetlining flies have yet again been the Coneheads with that little bit of extra weight for the heavier flows quite big flies up to size 4# in the dirtier water.

As the flows ease your standard Rabbit flies have been going well as have the Olive, Brown and Black Woollie Buggers in sizes from 6#
down to 10#. The river mouths will be worth trying this week as the lake starts to settle from the previous rains, the moon is not so prominent , we have some cold weather upon us so the ingredients are there for the local mouths to start performing for us.

Black, Olive, Boobies in 10#s and Rabbits and Black Woollie Buggers in 8# down to 10# will do the trick, change of light is still best time out there and if want to beat the crowds and get the best fishing then you need to drag yourself out of bed and get yourself out at the mouths just before day break.

Weather forecast looks unsettled for the weekend at the time of writing, get togged up and get out to enjoy those runs, these are the conditions we have been waiting for so take advantage and enjoy. Tightlines till next week.

8 July 2011

From Gary Lyttle, Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

8 July 2011

Steady fishing out there on the lake again this week, lots of small fish still to contend with but still some good fish amongst them. We had reports of one very nice 8lb Hen caught over at the Reef this week whilst jigging for one very happy local.

Top depths still that 20-30m mark; top lures, Green and Yellow Cobra, small Black Toby, Spotty Gold and Baby Brown.
Early mornings are still the best time of day to be out there. We have got some rough looking westerlies due to hit the lake at the weekend, bringing quite a lot of rain with them. Top spots will be the Golden Mile along to Jerusalem Bay, Mine Bay and Whakaipo Bay will also offer some shelter if the weather does as forecast.

Local fly fishing has been very patchy again this week. Rain that was forecast still had not arrived so the rivers have been low and clear. The barometer has been steadily dropping this week so if we get the promised rain and with the extra chill in the air then I am hoping we should see some serious winter runs happening. Once again I would have to say that the Waitahanui is the best performing local river at the moment, not in terms of big numbers but certainly in the size and quality of fish being caught and lost.

Naturals are your best bet at the moment in the clear water with small size 14# Cadillacs, Green Caddis, PTN’s and Hares Ear. If we get enough rain to put a bit of colour in the rivers then you need to get your Glo Bugs out and make sure you have enough weight on your rig to get down to the bottom. If your flies are not on the bottom then you are not going to catch at this time of year, pretty much the golden rule of Taupo winter fishing.

A bit more activity reported from the river mouths this wee , still quite sporadic but some good quality fish being caught at the local mouths. Early mornings are the time to be out for the better fish at the moment.
Hopefully news next week of wintery weather, lots of rain and big runs of very late winter spawners running the rivers till then.

1 July 2011

From Gary Lyttle, Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

1 July 2011

Still some very good fishing out on the lake this week, the first hour or two of day light has been some of the best fishing of the year, still a lot of small fish to contend with but a good number of bigger fish and in excellent condition full of smelt.

A little harder during the day light hours, you will need to chop and change depths and keep on the move to find your fish but still well worth the effort. Lake temperature is dropping quite quickly at the moment. Yesterday it was sitting at 13 degrees, which means that fish will be at varying levels, hence the need to keep changing depths to stay in touch.

Top depths have been anywhere between 20-30 metres. Top lures this week are small size Black Toby, Orange and Gold King Cobra and Green and Yellow Cobra. Taupo Bay has been a favourite spot over the past week but has had a lot of pressure. With some easing winds forecast then Wharewaka Point, 5 Mile Bay and round to Rotagnaia will be worth trying. New licences and Ramp Permits are required from today. Ramp fees have stayed the same.

Local fly fishing has been a little slow this week as a lot of rivers are now running a little low and clear. There is still good numbers of fish in the system but you have to be prepared to stay on the move to find them. You will also have to revert to smaller naturals and finer tippet to stay in touch with the fish until we get the next fresh.

The Tongariro is still the place to head for as most local rivers getting quite hard again. The Waitahanui is one local river that still has a good number of quality fish throughout the length at the moment. We had some reports this week of quite a few well conditioned Rainbows from higher up the river and tales of some monster Browns being spotted hooked and lost up toward the winter limit. Still no sign of the colder weather that we are all hoping for to get the fish really on the move up-river, even the river mouths have been a little a little disappointing despite no moon and plenty of cloud.

If you have concerns over the fishery, then now is the time to voice up. DOC have a fishery management discussion on several very important issues that will concern all of us. The opportunity to get involved will close on July 15.

If you don’t get involved then you will be left with no say as to how DOC deal with our beloved fishery. You can find this discussion board on line at www.doc.govt.nz Search for sport fishery management plan, or you can simply log onto the link at our Fly and Gun Facebook page.

24 June 2011

From Gary Lyttle, Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

24 June 2011

The fishing out on the lake has been just a little bit up and down this last week, once again the stronger northerlies have been a little restrictive as to how far you can go.

On the days with better weather however the fishing has still been very good and the quality of the fish that have been caught has been outstanding.

Just along the Golden Mile to Rangatira Point is as far as you have needed to go for some consistent fishing. White Striker took a trip along to Dirty Duck Creek one day last week and had an absolute ball, some good fishing also reported from the White Cliffs round to Rotagnaia Point.

Top lures have been the Baby Brown, King Cobra in Orange and Gold and Traffic Light and also the small Spotty Gold Cobra.

Best depths anywhere between twenty and thirty metres deep, chopping and changing is the key to success. Jigging is still working well for quite a few locals out there at the moment probably not the same numbers being caught but very good quality fish when they do come along.

The local fly fishing had a bit of burst of activity mid week after the weekend rain with some very nice fish being caught from the Tongariro, surprising to see so many good Browns being caught at this time of year. If we could all be a little more selective on how many and which Browns get killed then we might just have a growing Brown Trout fishery on our hands, how good would that be! But that’s up to each individual on the day.

Local rivers are still high and dirty, but my money will be on the Tongariro once it gets a little lower, if you can the timing right on the river this week you’re going to have a ball. The river mouths had a bit of activity this week judging by the numbers strung out long the Rip. There will have been some good quality Rainbows coming through on the rain at the weekend and with moon hidden behind a big black cloud all weekend the conditions would have been perfect.

Congratulations this week to Taupo’s Roy Bowers who came out with Andrew and myself last week on a river mouth and landed a stunning 11 ½ Rainbow - his biggest ever trout, well done Roy.
Still very mild out there at the moment, thank goodness we have plenty of intermittent rain to keep the fish going through but we really need that cold snap to get them really firing up.

17 June 2011

From Gary Lyttle, Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

17 June 2011

Not to many reports from the boaties out on the lake this week, those that have braved the weather have found the fishing quite good.
Most important factor has been finding the correct depth to fish at, you really do have to take the trouble to chop and change through the day to find that critical depth any where between 20-35 meters seems to be the key.

Top lures last week were the King Cobras in Spotty Gold and Orange and Gold, Kiwi lures in Baby Brown and Orange and Gold, also the fluo Yellow and White lure has done well.

We have strong Northerlies forecast for this weekend so head for Mine Bay, Whakaipo Bay and Wharewaka, if the weather permits you should try to get round to Waitahanui, Rotagnaio and the White Cliffs.

The local fly fishing had a bit of a lift this last week but nothing really to set us on fire. Similar to the last fresh we had small numbers of fish through most local rivers but were fairly well spread through the system.

The T.T once again was very average for most, but we had reports of some people doing quite well not to far from the car park wetlining, Black bodied Rabbits were the pattern used on this occasion.
Tongariro again was good for the early birds with some nice quality fish being caught on the clearing water but got harder as the days went on and as the water cleared.

One good report was from the lower Hinemaia with a couple of visitors doing well on the receding fresh early mornings last week.

Probably the most consistant river locally for numbers and quality is still the Waitahanui, Unreal eggs, Champagne and Fire Orange Glowies in 12# and 14# seem to be the top patterns here.

The river mouths have been equally indifferent, in saying that a group of Australians fished the Mouth at Hatepe the other evening just through the change of light period and reported some very good fishing.

The rip at Waitahanui has been giving up some better fish this week not big numbers though but when they come they have been good quality.
Once again med to fast sink shooting heads with various white, glow or black Boobies seem to be the key here.

Big rains forecast soon so we should see some freshies coming in the local rivers over the weekend.

Tight lines all till next week.

3 June 2011

From Gary Lyttle, Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

3 June 2011

Winter fishing out on the lake continues to be very good out there, same as last week you really need to chop and change the depths around to stay in touch with the fish, top depths can be any where between 20 -30 meters at the moment.
Local fishing is still as good as any where this week with the Taupo Lake front, Acacia Bay, along the Golden mile and round to Jerusalem all good areas worth trying.

Top lures this week is still the Orange and Gold King Cobra followed very closely by the Baby Brown also the Fluo Green and Orange Kiwi and the small Black and Gold Toby all successful lures this week
A noticeable increase in the size of fish this week as the ratio of fish that make the limit size is probably approaching the 50% mark, among these have been some cracking conditioned fish up to around the 4-5lb mark.

Reports that jigging is still going quite well for some of the locals who fish out in the Jerusalem Bay area top depths for these can range from 20-40 meters so you need to increase your drifts to go over a greater variety of depths till you find your fish .
Olive and Black woolly buggers on the bottom dropper and Pat Swift Smelts above are doing the damage at the moment for the jiggers .
Those anglers that are braving the cold mornings and getting out for a Harl are being rewarded with some excellent fish at the moment concentrating around the Waitahanui drop off and over to Hatepe have been the top spots locally.

Local fly fishing had a good weekend with the receding levels at the weekend, the Tongariro again the pick of the bunch with some cracking Browns being caught, It is a shame to see so many of these big Browns being killed and taken out of the gene pool, however lots of good quality Rainbows running through the system as well , both the wet liners and the nymphers enjoyed some great sport over the weekend .
The T.T had a good run go through once the level dropped we had reports of some excellent fishing just above the car park on size#12 champagne eggs all the fish caught were in excellent condition and all around the 2-3lb mark that we expect from the T.T at this time of year.

The Hine was still up and coloured from a release at the lake at the time writing so no reports from there yet.
The river mouths are now fishing better with a good drop on the barometer and some squalid weather over the last week . some good fish coming out at Waitahanui picket but again at the time of writing still just small pockets of fish going through.

The Waitahanui river has also been fishing very well with some very nice Browns being caught and some good fat silver Rainbows being caught along most of the length.
We look as though we may have a run of finer weather for a few days now so as the rivers drop remember to fine down and get back on the naturals when the rivers start to clear.
Until next week tight lines all.

20 May 2011

From Gary Lyttle, Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

20 May 2011

The local fly fishing was expecting a bit of a bumper start to the winter last week on the back end of that last front that came through quite a few fish ran but were intent on getting up river as fast as possible. They were pretty high up most local rivers by the time the anglers were out and about, not the numbers we had hoped for but well worth going out for and most anglers saw some action...

Top depths have been anything from 20 to 30 meters, as the weather now starts to mix the lake temperatures the emphasis will be very much on chopping and changing your depths to find the fish. Top lures have been the Black and Gold Toby in the smaller size, Orange and Gold King Cobra still performing well also a fluo Orange and Green Cobra was the killer on a few days last week, and of course the ever popular Spotty Gold.

This week it will just be a matter of getting out and finding some sheltered bays amongst the squalls as the weather is all over the place at the moment,
Still some good quality fish being caught though and lots of comments on the super condition found on most fish that are being kept.

The local fly fishing was expecting a bit of a bumper start to the winter last week on the back end of that last front that came through, quite a few fish ran but were intent on getting up river as fast as possible and were pretty high up most local rivers by the time the anglers were out and about, not the numbers we had hoped for but well worth going out for and most anglers saw some action, once again lots of good comments from the locals on the superb condition of fish being caught this winter, it is still quite early yet and we have more rain on the horizon, we also have some southerly weather coming our way this will cool things down to winter as we expect for this time of year and hopefully will encourage more fish to run.

The river mouths have been producing the odd good fish for those braving the weather, some very nice rainbows being caught at the moment at the change of light, the moon has been covered over with cloud this week so the fishing has continued on, the big Westerlies arrived early in the week and put paid to all but the insane from fishing the mouths for a couple of days, we are expecting a South West change by the weekend so it will be interesting to see how the mouths perform locally with this much awaited colder weather , watch this space !!

5 May 2011

Still some very good fishing on the lake at the moment according to our friends at White Striker and Bravado, these guys are out there everyday and are always an honest gauge as to what is going on they are also just as happy to tell us when things are not so good buy the way. But at the moment all is still well with good numbers being caught at all times of the day, you don't have use gallons of fuel to find them as they are mostly finding good fishing quite close to home, Taupo Bay itself 3 Mile Bay and the lake front have all been producing this week as the weather has restricted a lot of boaties to traveling much further any way this week.

Top lures have been the Orange and Gold King Cobra without a doubt the best lure for last week closely followed by the consistent Baby Brown and Traffic Light and Spotty Gold in the smaller std sized lures. Best depths any thing in between 20 meters and 35 meters, the key now is to make the effort to chop and change your depths to locate where they are once you find one at a certain depth you will more than likely pick up more at the same depth, when the takes dry up relocate and vary the depths again.

Still lots of undersized fish but in remarkable condition Nick over at Bravado says about one in every four caught is probably a keeper, White Striker also reiterate these numbers so not so bad for early winter fishing out on our beautiful lake.
What could be better on a clear crisp Autumn morning fishing in gin clear, aqua blue water with a snow covered mountain backdrop to look out on during the day, with good fishing to boot, perhaps we should all pinch ourselves every now and again to remind us just how lucky we really are!!

The local fly fishing has had a bit of a boost on that last rain with some early runs of freshies most of the local rivers received a bit of a squirt of these early runners, we heard of some very good fish coming from the Tongariro this week again as expected not big numbers but some good sized and quality trout.

The river mouths continue to have odd pulses of fish coming through but you are having to put in some good hours to be assured of fish. Western Bays river mouths are continuing to perform well at the moment though.

We have more rain forecast for the weekend so now is the hour, the winter is here, and we know what should happen when it rains !!! say no more, see you on the water.

30 April 2011

With thanks to Gary Lyttle of Taupo Hunting and Fishing

The lake fishing continues be going quite well although the big front at the beginning of the week kept a lot of boaties off the water for a couple of days. Once again it has been a matter of finding some quiet water for some sheltered fishing out of the elements. Traffic light and Baby Brown have been the top lures this week at depths of 30-35 meters.

Jigging has still been going well and were now into May so the fishing this year has improved considerably much later than we would normally expect. Most fish caught at the moment are full of smelt and round as footballs and very good eating fish.

The fly fishing is set for a bit of a squirt of early runners this week after the big front went through I would be giving the Tongariro a bit of a go this weekend weather permitting and would be expecting to see some nice sized rainbows coming through, probably not big numbers but there should be some quality about.

The river mouths have had a bit of a mixed week again, the Waitahanui rip was busy this holiday weekend but some nice fish were caught just before the storm came, during the day has also been productive, mainly smelt and heave and leaves doing the damage out there this week.

Weekend looks good weather wise at the time of writing so hopefully I will see some of you out there giving it go, tight lines till next week .

20 April 2011

With thanks to Gary Lyttle of Taupo Hunting and Fishing

Still some great fishing going on out there this week on the Great Lake, the wind has been a bit inclement and has restricted the fishing pretty much to Acacia and Jerusalem Bays at the start of this week, that said still plenty of fish being caught and quite a few nice Rainbows now showing up in awesome condition, just heard of a 9lb Rainbow caught off Whakaipo as I write this, we don't know any details as yet.
Best method this week is still probably the downrigger simply because of the sheer amount of water you cover at specified depths, Best depths this week have been 30-35 meters, with the small Black Toby and standard sized Spotty Gold doing the most damage, the straight Orange and Gold Tazzie is also going well and worth a try.

The local fly fishing has been going very well this week after a good cold fresh early in the week most local rivers had some small early runs of silver bullets through them, those lucky enough to get out fishing on the receding levels had some very good sport with small glo bugs doing well early in the morning and naturals doing the best during the day.

The Waitahanui will be the one to watch this week as the prevailing winds have been strong Westerlies and with a big moon back the pressure will be off the river mouth . There will be some big strong rainbows and browns to be found up river from now and through the rest of April.

The Tongariro had some good fishing just after the rain with the early morning wetliners having lots of fun on the Tuesday morning after that bitterly cold front went through Turangi.early in the week. Medium and fast sinking lines with Natural and Red Rabbits also Olive and Black Woollie Buggers were doing the damage out there early in the week.

Weather still looks a bit unsettled for the next few days but nothing to horrendous.
I see a good covering of early snow on the mountains on the way to work in the mornings now, Taupo in full winter glory, just stunning !! The fishing is pretty much in winter mode now and we can start to look forward to some good fishing over the next few months, if it is anything like last winters fishing you won't find any complaints from me.

8 April 2011

With thanks to Gary Lyttle of Taupo Hunting and Fishing

Still some good fishing out there at the moment lots of smaller undersized fish to contend with though this week, still reasonable numbers of bigger fish being caught though to keep the interest up.

You still don't have to travel very far to get good fishing with the lake front itself fishing quite well along with the Golden Mile, Wharewaka, Rangatira and Mine Bay.
For those willing to travel just a bit further then Waitahanui, Dirty Duck Creek and round to the White Cliffs and Rotagnaia should fish well at the moment.
Top depths between 90 and 120 feet, the most consistent depth though this week has been the 100 foot mark. Best lures this week standard sized Baby Browns, Spotty Gold, Yellow and White and Green and White, the tried and tested older styles still working as good as ever.

The local fly fishing has enjoyed some very good late dry fly sport both on the Passion Hoppers and some good Mayfly hatches on most of our local rivers, We had a bit of rain early in the week that encouraged a few nice rainbows to run up some of the rivers, the Hine and the Tongariro had some very nice conditioned fish caught around midweek, not big numbers but very good condition and a nice sort of 3-41/2lb size about right for this time of year hopefully we can expect to see more of this happening through April as we usually expect some of the biggest fish of the year to be in these small early runs.

The local river mouths have been spasmodic again but some noticably bigger rainbows being caught at Waitahanui at the change of light, good reports from over the Western Bays river mouths this week with some very good fishing throughout the day on some of the beaches over there, Smelt patterns during the day and switching to bigger Olive and Black Woollie Buggers at the change of light.

31 March 2011

With thanks to Gary Lyttle of Taupo Hunting and Fishing

Another great week's fishing on the lake this week, chatting to the guys at both White Striker and Bravado both agree that the fishing has actually even improved on last week again, still lots of undersized fish being caught but more and more better quality fish turning up everyday. I t doesn't seem to matter what time of day your out there this week its been good all through the day. Best depths once again that 100-120 feet, top lures Spotty Gold, Yellow and White and Green and Yellow Cobras are best this week again.

You don't have to go much further than our local bays at the moment, Wharewaka, Mine Bay, Whakaipo,and Ranagatira have all been fishing well. Jigging has also been a lot better this week with the weather being a bit more settled after the weekend.

Best depths locally around the 30-35 meter mark, Pat Swift Mini Green Orbits, any of the small smelt patterns in size 10#and 12# will do the job, Olive and Black Woolly Buggers at the change of light on the bottom dropper have also been doing the damage.

Local fly fishing was smashed earlier this week with a deluge that coloured up most of our local rivers however the Waitahanui produced some nice fish at the weekend for those that were out in the rain, local angler James Clarke and American visitor Johnny Schuster were amongst some good browns swinging big black woollies as the river was rising.

Same for the Tongariro best of the fishing was for the wetliners with Big Olive and Black Woollies for both Browns and good sized rainbows in that lovely green milky water you get just on the receding levels. There should be some good fishing towards this weekend as the levels recede and the rivers have had a bit of a freshen up, we should be seeing some nice fresh rainbows starting to appear during April.

River Mouths are still a bit patchy although those that have been up early at kick off time have been rewarded best for getting out of bed with the odd better quality rainbow now showing up on change of light.

25 March 2011

With thanks to Gary Lyttle of Taupo Hunting and Fishing

The great lake has been fishing very well this last week with significant improvements in numbers caught and noticeably larger fish this week,White Striker suggest that the proportion of fish over that 40 cm mark is approaching around 50% of fish caught. All fish large or small have been in very good condition and spewing out smelt.
Top local spots have been Wharewaka and Rangatira at around the 120-130 feet mark. Best lures have been the Babv Brown,Spotty Gold,and Yellow and White Cobras.

Local fly fishing has been steady this week with some good reports of continued dry fly sport on many of our local rivers, some good browns continue to be spotted along the lengths of the Waitahanui and the Tongariro but are getting quite tough to tempt.
Low and clear conditions are making the fishing quite challenging locally and those that are prepared to walk and cover the water are more likely to be successful, fishing small dries such as Passion Hoppers, Parachute Adams, Klinkhammer in small sizes 14# down to 18# are the flies to try at the moment.

The weather forecast is giving us a bit of rain over the week so this will help freshen up many of our local rivers and lakes. The local river mouths have been a bit hit and miss again this week and with quite a big moon to contend with so should improve once again next week and hopefully we might start to see some early rainbows arrive with that bit of rain that we have been promised.

11th March 2011

With thanks to Gary Lyttle of Taupo Hunting and Fishing

The reports coming in this week have been back in favour of more local fishing, The Western Bays on the lake have been a little patchy for the boats this week, reasonable numbers but patchy fishing. Local spots to try this week will be the Horomatangi Reef, White Cliffs, Rotognaia Point, Whareweka has also been quite steady this week and should continue to give good fishing. Over on the other side of the bay Rangatira Point has been producing some good numbers for the trollers also give Jerusalem Bay round to Acacia Bay a go, lots of smaller fish again this week but the odd good fish is still getting caught amongst them.

Early mornings are still giving the best sport as day time fishing is quite patchy at the moment, change of light at the end of the day is also worth trying. Best depths between 30-40 meters, Top lures this week are standard sized Spotty Gold, Yellow and White, Yellow Clown and Traffic Light Cobras.

Jigging has also been a bit patchy this week, Whareweka, Rangatira Point and Jerusalem have all been reasonably consistent , best depth once again 35- 40 meters, best advice this week is to stay on the move till you find fish don't rely totally on one favourite spot give it 30 minutes and then move on to somewhere else till you find them.

Local fly fishing has also been a little patchy with a big rain mid week that put the rivers up for a couple of days, the Tongariro did not get to badly affected and fished quite well for the wet liners for a couple of days, quite a few good browns still being spotted throughout the length of the Tongariro lying along the edges and just out of the main current.

The river mouths have been a little hit and miss this week with little bursts of activity here and there and at any time of the day, both Hatepe and the Picket have been the same, but some better quality fish have been coming from the picket over the last few days to all manner of different flies and line densities no hard and fast rules at the moment just a case of being Johnny on the spot and getting your flies in the water.

Touch of frost in the early mornings now so we should start to see some rainbows entering the mouths very soon.

2nd March 2011

With thanks to Gary Lyttle of Taupo Hunting and Fishing

Western Bays have been the places to be this last week. With plenty of action and better size and quality fish over there in general, Best lures have been Spotty Gold, Lemon and White, Lemon Stripe and Green and Yellow Cobras and Kiwis have been the top lures, notice also that Yellow is high up in the favourite colours this week.
Jigging has hotted up again this week with some good local action coming from Rangatira Point in particular and round to the Moari carvings,

Top patterns once again are the Pat Swift Smelts, Ginger Mick, Mini Green Orbit and Mini Parsons 30-40 meters are the key depths to find fish this week for the jiggers.
Fly fishing has been good locally this week, quite good reports from the river mouths especially now that the moon is in a better phase , some good browns still entering the rivers and plenty of dry fly action now to the Passion Hoppers on most of our local rivers.

Tongariro has been fishing well for those that are prepared to keep moving especially of you want to target those big browns that are still moving up the river.
Just had reports of a 12lb Rainbow from the Tongariro this week not confirmed yet but just one of quite a few good quiality rainbows that have showed up this last week if you can find your way through all the smaller residents that are showing up at the moment.

And as can be seen from the photo in the right hand column, the report's author has been doing well on the Waitahanui this week!

18 Feb 2011

Good fishing out there on the great lake this week haven't been able to finish a report with White Striker yet without them getting hooked up and into fish whilst on the phone. Lots of smaller fish this week, again many only just under the limit.
Good fishing throughout the day though this week so no need to get up quite so early, change of light is still the best time though.

Easterlies look set to stay for the weekend so give 3-4-5 mile bays a go and round to Rotagnaia and the White Cliffs, Golden Mile from Acacia back to the harbour has been very good but mainly smaller fish. Lemon and White , Green and Yellow Cobras, Rastafarian and the small Copper and Black Toby have been going well noticeably it,s the smaller lures that are doing best. Chop and change that depth to find the golden mark, thats the key at the moment.

Local fly fishing has been good with reports of some nice fishing to be had at the river mouths this week, quite a few good Browns at the Picket Fence this week also Hatepe has had some good fishing later into the night.

Dry fly action is hotting up again with some sparodic Cicada activity especially in some of our back country rivers.

Locally the Waitahanui is still providing lots of interest from visitors keen to try there luck on some huge Browns that can be spotted not to far up river. Passion Hoppers are now out in good numbers and the local fish are up and keen to take the dries the Hinemaia is still having some good dry fly fishing throughout the length especially early evening.

The local stillwaters have had some excellent fishing with Rotoaira being the pick of the bunch with good numbers and quality fish being caught on floaters and intermediates stripping small black woollies and Damsel flies.

Otamangakau is still producing some good fishing but has had a lot of pressure recently which can make fishing there more challenging on some days, small Da Hoova , Damsel, Buzzers and Cicadas are worth trying there at the moment .
Weather looks quite settled for the weekend so no excuses get out there and enjoy the outdoors.

24 Nov 2010

Early morning harling is still the way to go if you want some quality fish at the moment, yet another week where the harling has been more productive than the down riggers, even throughout the day, mainly smaller fish harling later in the day though. Top lures have been Yellow Lady, Green Orbit and Parsons Glory, followed by a small Pink, Spotty Gold or Traffic Light Cobra. Booths Farm, Acacia round to Rangatira point, also Waitahanui and Hatepe have been the top spots for harling locally this week.

The down riggers have been finding fish any where between 30-40 mtrs this week. Top spots have been Five Mile Bay, White Cliffs, Horomatangi Reef and round to Rotagnaia Point, if the westerlies pick up then Jerusalem Bay has been very consistent for the trollers this week. Top lures are without doubt the Baby Brown in both versions followed by the Green and Gold Cobra and Spotty Gold Cobra.

The fly fishing has been steady this week with reports of good beetle activity on the surface and quite a few fish now looking up to take the dry on most of our local rivers quite a few mending fish being caught locally to the dry and many are now in quite good condition already.

Evening rise is set to get better this week, as long as that cold wind that arrives just on change of light abates.

We have heard Cicadas out in the back country this week, some say this is a good sign some say it,s far to early, either way were not far away now from some good dry fly fishing, dry fly dropper is now pretty much what were in to at this time of year and I am definitely noticing more interest in the dry fly during the day as we head in to summer.

17 Nov 2010

Another good week for the harlers, once again towing a small Cobra in Spotty Gold or Traffic light with best flies up front being Yellow Lady, Ginger Mick and Green Orbit,
Best harling areas this week locally have been Acacia Bay, Mine Bay, and Whakaipo Bay, When the wind has allowed Waitahanui, White Cliffs and Rotongaio Point have been doing well.

The trollers have still found the going quite tough this week as many of the fish are at varying depths, a lot of fish and Smelt on the sounders at the 20 meter mark this week all over the local areas probabaly the reason why the harlers are doing so well throughout the days recently. Top lures for those that have found a few deeper fish have been the small Black Toby, Spotty Gold Orange and Gold and Rastafarian.
Chopping and changing the depth has been the key to success for the Trollers this week trying to keep in touch with the fish. Ranagtira Point round to the Maori Carvings and Whakaipo Bay also the South side of Mine Bay have been producing a few fish for the downriggers.

The fly fishing this week has been good with some excellent dry fly fishing on many of our local rivers, once again the Tongariro has been the top performer for some good mayfly and Caddis action, the evening rise has been a little marred this week with strong colder winds that arrive just on the change of light making the rise a very short affair.

Some good hatches of brown beetle on the rivers at change of light at the moment.
Dry fly dropper in the pockets and riffle is now very much on the cards as the fish position for the summers bounty to pass by in cooler and more oxygenated water.
Most nymphs being used will need to be down to size 14# and 16# now as the river levels are starting to drop and clear,

Back country reports are all good despite the inclement winds this week the Waipunga is running at a good level and so now is the Mohaka and its tributaries, the first cicadas were seen on the banks of the Mohaka this week believe it or not, lets hope its a sign of a good cicada season.

Weather looks a little unsettled for the weekend with a chance of some rain, It does not look to drastic at this stage and if the wind abates then its all going to be good.

19 Oct 2010

Labour weekend is upon us once again and it looks like a spell of fine weather is coming with it which should provide plenty of well deserved fishing opportunities.

Fishing on the Great Lake has continued to improve with harling still producing good numbers of fish and the jiggers picking up some great catches as well. Early morning harling out on the Horomatangi Reef has been firing when the weather conditions have allowed. A small spotty gold cobra trolled around the edges of the drop offs here has been the most effective method.

Jigging later on in the day has also proved successful here particularly around the 35-40m mark. Small size #10 smelt patterns have been doing great with a small size #10 olive woolly bugger on the bottom dropper accounting for some of the bigger ones. The more successful jiggers have put their drogues to good use to help slow down their drift in the windy conditions as this allows the flies to stay down in the zone for much longer.

The Tongariro River is still fishing very well this week with good numbers of excellent conditioned fish still in the system. Reports of a few bigger fish in the 5-6 pound range have been caught which bodes well for the upcoming summer fishing season. As usual there are a few kelts turning up in the catch which is the “norm” for this time of year. Please handle these fish with care as they can be very fragile due to the rigors of spawning. If released without to much handling these fish will most likely return back to the lake and feed aggressively to get ready for the next spawning season.

If the forecast is correct Lake Otamangakau should fish well this weekend as the fine, calm conditions will bring the fish to the surface especially as there have been large numbers of brown beetle showing up. A slight breeze will push these cumbersome fliers into the water making an easy meal for the trout.

Overall it is shaping up to be another great Labour weekend in Taupo so get out there and enjoy it.

12 Oct 2010

Fishing out on the lake this week has been a matter of beating the wind to get to some reasonable shelter, Harling has pretty much been the way to go for many and has probably been more successful than the down riggers this week. Just out along from the Taupo boat ramp to Acacia Bay and of course along the stretch at Waitahanui have seen good numbers of fish coming to the harlers. One or two colours of lead, Parsons Glory, Yellow Lady and Green Orbits have been the effective flies, It pays also to have a small Spotty Gold or Bright Orange Cobra trailing the fly as well.

A lot of smaller fish being caught at the moment but good numbers and in very good condition. Top lures for the down riggers this week have been the Baby Brown, Traffic Light, Spotty Gold and a fluo Orange Barred Cobra.

The fly fishing has been going well for those prepared to brave the winds, the Tongariro is probably the pick of the bunch for consistent fishing but you will need to be prepared for good numbers of anglers around as well.

The recent heavier flows have misplaced large amounts of caddis larvae and the trout are gorging on them you won't have to go much further than caddis patterns to use if the water stays reasonably clear size 12# and 14# in both green and white preferably with a little weight will do the job.

Good numbers of fish are in the river at the moment from the Bain right up to the Boulder Reach Pool. Reports of good hard fighting silver fish have been coming in from some very happy anglers after last weekend.

The Tauranga-Taupo did very well at the beginning of the week but slowed as the levels receded and water became clearer, Champagne Eggs in size 14# in the mornings have bee going well and changing to Small naturals such as Pheasant Tail flashbacks, Hare and Copper and Cadillac Nymphs in sizes 14# and down to 16# in the clearing water have been the go.

The Hinemaiaia had a late run of freshies last week but were few and far between as the river has now washed good numbers of spent fish back to the lake. Many of the back country waters are still suffering from quite high levels but should soon be in good order and will not have had to much pressure so all to look forward to there.

The forecast says we are in for another high again soon so I will definitely be on the look out for rising fish over the next week or so as we get ever closer to our dry fly season.

5 Oct 2010

Well it was a very wet start for the start of the trout back country season most rivers both local and back country got a deluge of extra water that put paid to a lot well laid out plans for many fly fishers out there. Not a great surprise though it's been that sort a spring. Attention was immediately turned to the stillwaters and Otamangakau was the place that was chosen above all to try, judging by the amount of craft that were on the lake on friday.

Otamangakau fished well for some and not so good for others, those that braved the windward side of the lake and got amongst some serious chop did very well and quite a number of good sized fish were caught mainly stripping big Black Woolly Buggers and Boobys through the waves on Intermediate lines. Many anglers took shelter from the winds and stayed in calmer water although the fishing was definitely much slower in the lighter ripples.

Lake Rotoaira has also been fishing very well so far this season with good numbers and good quality fish being caught at both ends of the lake, once again at this time of year stripping lures on Intermediate and Di 3 lines will do the damage. The weather turned for the better on Saturday and this week has been amazing, the river levels have stayed high but should start to come back to normal for the weekend providing we don't get any more rain.

Both the Tongarriro and the Tauranga Taupo will be at good levels by the weekend and will be well worth a visit as many anglers will be back country and both these river will have good numbers of fresh fish running them. Its amazing how quickly nature changes the seasons so rapidly already you can see the odd mayfly hatches occurring during the day and I witnessed a reasonable Caddis hatch on a Spring creek just a couple of evenings ago so its all there to look forward to now.

The fishing on the lake has been very good as boaties have been able to explore a little further afield. The Horomatangi Reef fished well to some trollers the other day with nice quality fish being caught at around the 35 meter mark on Spotty Gold and Fluo Orange Cobras. The Harling has been very good this week with good numbers being caught along Waitahanui, White Cliffs and round to Rotongaio Point, once again very early starts are required to get the best of the fishing, two colours of lead this time of year with small size 8# Olive Green Orbits seem to be the winning combinations for that area at the moment.

Hopefully the weather will stay fine for the weekend and we can get out and enjoy the open season a little better than last week. Until next week tightlines all.

17 Sept 2010

A very wet week has led to some pretty mixed fishing this week, with the already high water tables around the catchment the river levels look set to stay quite high for the weekend. Once a again keep your eyes on the Tongariro as this can become fishable quite soon after a fresh.

If the forecast changes and the big rains don't arrive then I would be seriously trying to get on to the Tauranga-Taupo this week, quite a few anglers fished this river just before the last rains and had an absolute blast, but the rising lake levels are holding back the water longer now so you need to keep your eyes on the charts for this river.
The Waitahanui Tri Lodge fishing competition took place last weekend with fishing restricted to the Waitahanui river and the Waitahanui Bay. 35 fish were caught, 2/3rds coming from the lake and the remainder the river. The heaviest fish was 5lb2oz caught by Mike Hopecross on a Traffic Light and the Shoreline Hotel was the winning team.

Most anglers that have come through the area to flyfish have been very pleased with the winter fishery, many have commented on the quantity, quality, and size of the fish caught this year compared to the last few years, this is all good positive news for not only the anglers but for Taupo as a whole.

News out on the lake from our friends at White Striker is also very good, talking to Richard Staines just on his way out tells me that they have been having a ball out there this week, The key this week is the depth, Richard and the boys have found that fishing around the 50-60foot mark has been the magic depth, some of the fish have been on the small side but lots of action with a few big fish thrown in to keep for the smoker.

Weather has been a little restrictive for the boaties but Goden Mile, Booths Farm and the Lake Front itself is as far a field as you need to go. Top lures have been small Spotty Gold, Baby Brown and Orange and Gold lures have been the best , notably a move away from the larger King Cobras used a few weeks ago.

Keep your eyes on the levels, remember your National Licences are due at the end of the month but most of all have fun.

7 Sept 2010

Once again we are at the mercy of mother nature and the ever fluctuating river levels that come at this time of year. As I write this we have just had a whole 24 hours of rain pushing the river levels back up again from the low and clear conditions that have slowed the fishing down over the last week or so.

We should expect some good runs of fresh silver rainbows on the receding levels this weekend, the Tauranga Taupo and the Tongariro will be the place to keep your eyes on as they still have lots of fish sitting off the Deltas waiting to run. The Tauranga Taupo has been performing exceptionally well when the river has been at the right level with some very good rainbows falling to both the wetliners and the nymphers.

The Tongariro is nearly always the first to become fishable after a fresh, and the lower pools and town areas are the best places to try as the level and colour drops out of the river.

The Waitahanui had a reasonable run through this week with some fresh westerlies pushing small pulses of fresh fish through the system.

The Hinemaiaia is not receiving so much pressure now as the runs have noticably slowed down and a lot of fish are now returning back to the lake, most fish caught here now are very dark in colour.

The fishing on the lake has been steady with some nice fish being caught long the Golden Mile and along the Lake front itself, the fish are still at varying depths so the key is to chop and change depths to stay in touch. Top lures, still King Cobra in Spotty Gold and Orange and Gold. Harling has started very early this year for a few brave and hardy souls that are keen enough to get on the water for 6am. Waitahanui, White Cliffs and Hatepe have been the places to try. Small Green Orbits and Ginger Micks have been the successful flies with two colours of lead.

A lot of anglers are now thinking ahead to the new season just around the corner, and daylighht savings will allow a few hours here and there after work. A timely reminder that if you intend to fish outside the Taupo district you will need a new National Licence, there are now available.

2 Sept 2010

The 1st of September has come around so now we have summer to look forward to as well as some spectacular spring fishing. Out on the Tongariro River this week anglers have been having some great sport particularly those who are using small natural patterns such as the White Caddis and Flashback Pheasant Tail in sizes #14 to #16. Reports of great conditioned rainbows in the three to four pound range have been coming through with the odd fresh run brownie as well. Again, it pays to keep trying new water as most of the visitors tend to hang around the main pools.

The Tauranga-Taupo River has been fishing well this week with some good fish being caught. The successful anglers have been covering a lot of water in a day so it is always worthwhile doing a bit of walking to get away from the crowds.

Finally the Waitahanui River has picked up in the fishing stakes and has been producing some hard fighting rainbows. There are still a few browns kicking around as well although these fish have most likely seen a lot of flies already so it is best to pop a few casts over them and if you have no joy you'd be better to move on.

Out on the lake the fishing has been improving with a few more fish falling victim to the lead line. A King Cobra Spotty Gold or Baby Brown lure will do the damage during the day, also try using a Fluoro Pink or Orange Cobra during dawn and dusk as these colours work well when the light is limited.

Jigging has come into its own this week with the more favourable conditions being an advantage. The Horomatangi Reef has been fishing well and also Mine Point and Whakaiapo Reef have been producing a few fish. A two ounce tear drop sinker has been best particularly when the wind picks up during the day. Smelt patterns have been working well just like they do all year as the Taupo trout will follow the schools around the lake year round.

It is shaping up to be a great weekend out there so get out and enjoy it.

25 August 2010

Finally we have seen some lovely spring weather this week with anglers enjoying the sunny and warm conditions around the district. The boaties have been taking advantage of the clear conditions and have produced some great results out there on the lake this week. The lakefront has been fishing really well particularly for those who are trolling at around the 20m mark with a few great conditioned rainbows being plucked from the depths. A King Cobra Baby Brown or Traffic Light lure should do the damage here. It is also worth trolling a lure around the Golden Mile and Rangitira Point areas as they often produce fish when nowhere else will.

Things have been getting a little tougher on the rivers this week as the flows have reduced and the water clearing although anglers are still having some great sport.
The Hinemaiaia River is still holding good numbers of fish however a lot of these fish are in spawning mode at the moment but there are still a few fresh ones amongst them. The flow is still a little high but the water is clear so it could be a good move to put away the glo bugs and start using smaller natural patterns as the recovering fish will start feeding more actively now.

Once again the Tongariro River has been the pick of the rivers this week with anglers catching some great fish in the clear conditions. The more successful fisherman have been using small, weighted patterns such as the Quasimodo Pheasant Tail, Flashback Pheasant Tail and White Caddis in sizes #14 to #16. Also don't forget that when in clear conditions you are best to use smaller diameter leaders as well as smaller sized tippet. Four to Five pound fluorocarbon is certainly heavy enough to land the biggest of fish so do not be afraid to give it a go.

We are expecting a few showers this weekend so keep an eye on the Tauranga-Taupo River flow as this river has been running high so it won't take a lot of rainfall to boost it up again. Hopefully the rain should push another fresh run into this river so we can get some exciting fishing again.

Remember Lake Rotoaira opens up next week on the 1st of September so should provide some great sport. This lake has been improving over the last couple of seasons with fish size increasing so get out there and give it a crack.
Good luck and happy fishing.

18 Aug 2010

Well what an awesome week it has been for fishing in the Taupo Rivers. Anglers have been having a ball out there with plenty of rain bringing plenty of fish. The Tongariro has been fishing very well this week especially after coming down from the 290 cumec flow it reached last weekend.

Anglers have been catching great conditioned rainbows as well as a few fresh run browns which is a great sign for the rest of the season. Wet liners have been having great results particularly close to the edges in the higher flows. Large woolly bugger patterns seem to be the favourite along with the odd Red Setter thrown into the mix.

The Tauranga-Taupo has been a violent little river this week as the high flows have been receding but should be great this weekend with a little bit of colour to it. Overall the reports have been very positive as anglers have been landing a lot of bigger fish in the 2-3kg range although a few other anglers have been coming away a little disappointed. The key is to not stay in one spot for too long. Move around and follow the runs as the fish will keep moving through in the high waters. Also, do not forget to use plenty of weight as the fish will be lying hard on the bottom.

The walking tracks on the Hinemaiaia River have been beaten to a pulp this week while the larger, more popular rivers have been unfishable. Earlier in the week saw a good sized run enter the river with some good conditioned fresh fish making up the catch. There has been more fish hooked and lost than landed as anglers have been busted off due to the increase in flow. When conditions are like this it pays to beef up your leaders and put the pressure on early in the fight to subdue these hard fighting fish.

Out on the Great Lake the fishing has been reasonably quiet with the focus being on the Eastern Tributaries at this time of year. The Trollers have been picking up a few fish here and there with the King Cobra Spotty Gold lure doing the damage at the twenty metre mark. Harling has been producing some good results however, particularly on the turn of the tide. Most fish have been falling victim to fly patterns this week such has the Yellow Lady and Red-bodied Green Orbit.

It is shaping up to be a great weekends fishing out there but remember to just relax and enjoy the fishing.

11 Aug 2010

What an awesome weeks fishing we have just had, The rains came and the fish ran in very good numbers through most of our local rivers. On Tuesday the TaurangaTaupo was at 60 cumec and the car park was full as the first decent run of fresh fish for some time came up the river.

Most anglers that we saw were having a blast and we passed quite a few anglers heading back with limits quite early in the day. The Hinemaiaia had the gates opened quite early in the week and deemed the river just a fraction to high and dirty up until Wednesday, I expect more good numbers of fish would have been caught from then on, you need to be up very early on this river at the moment as its getting very popular with the new winter limit area fishing very well over the last few weeks .
The Waitahanui still remains a little indifferent with very patchy spells of good fishing, lots of little pods of fish running through together leaving large areas of river void and others full of fish.

Those that know the river well are having some very good fishing with the odd good brown still being caught higher up river. The Tongariro has had a few good freshies over the last week, those that can get the timing right as the levels drop have been having some awesome fishing, with reports of some very good rainbows in the 5-6lb bracket being caught quite regularly now.

The Tongariro has been the main draw over the last week as the river drops and clears so quickly after a fresh, The wetliners have been doing very well in the mornings with small Olive Woolly buggers, The nymphers have been using glowies at first light then switching to naturals as the sun comes up, top flies for most local rivers this last week have been Quasimodo, Hare and Copper, Caddis in Green mainly, Da Hoova and Batman nymphs in sizes ranging from 14# to 16#. More rain on the cards for the weekend, who knows how much ? But its all good, no excuses now get out and have fun in Trout Paradise.

The lake continues to fish quite well for the time of the year, the downriggers are having most success. White Clffs, The Reef, Whareweka Point have all been good spots this week with periods of less wind .The Golden Mile and round to the Maori Carvings have also been fishing reasonably well on this side of the lake. Orange and Gold Kiwi, Spotty Gold Cobra, Black and Copper Tobies have been the top lures. Chop and change your depths to find fish is the key this time of year .

4 August 2010

This week has seen a break in the fine weather with heavy rain causing most of the eastern tributaries to flood but should clear enough this weekend for most anglers to get out and dangle a fly. The Tauranga-Taupo River has been out of action this week due to the high volume of water flowing downstream. Heavy rain in the headwaters brought the flow up around the two metre mark which is so far the highest this season. Hopefully, by the end of the weekend we should see the flow drop to a more fishable level although there are a few showers forecast for Saturday. Be prepared to lose flies on this river as the pools and lies will have changed ( not to mention a few new snags in unfamiliar places ) due to the strong flows.

The Tongariro River has been in good shape this week with the river flow reaching 105 cumecs on Monday night and clearing reasonably quickly through the week. Anglers have been having some great sport with fresh, strong fighting rainbows making up most of the catch with the odd spawner amongst them. Heavy tungsten bead bombs used in tandem with orange egg patterns in size #12 have been doing the damage in the discoloured water. Wetliners have also had some fun especially when the flow is high as the fish like to hang around the edges to keep out of the swift current. Large, weighted woolly bugger patterns in sizes #4 to #6 have been doing best.

The Hinemaiaia saw a flood of anglers descend on the river banks this week as most rivers were unfishable for a couple of days. Some beautiful fresh fish have been caught as well as a few spawners to make up the numbers. The fishing has been reasonably patchy, possibly due to the sheer number of anglers wading and thrashing the pools. It often pays to fish the more unlikely water as it is often overlooked.

It has been a little quiet out on the Great lake this week due to the unfavourable conditions for the boaties however a couple of calm patches provided some opportunity. Trolling has been producing some great conditioned fish around Wharewaka Point and Five Mile Bay with the Spotty Gold King Cobra and the Orange and Gold Clown Cobra accounting for most of the catch. Remember it is best to fish where the fish are so trolling around the drop-offs at around the 15-25m mark will give you the best chance of success.

We are expecting showers this weekend so do a bit of research and keep an eye on the river levels but, overall we should expect some great sport over the next week.

14 July 2010

Anglers have been braving the chilly morning conditions this week and have been having some good success on the lake. Jigging has picked up this week due to some nice calm weather with the Horomatangi Reef being the pick of the spots. Top flies have been the Mini Olive Woolly bugger, Mini Jack Sprat U.V and the Gold Ginger Mick in sizes #10. Fish have been caught in a range of depths this week however it is best to position your drift to cover a large range of depth to get the best results.

Harling is still producing good numbers of quality fish especially for those keen to brave the sub zero frosts early in the morning. Rangitira Point, Whakamoenga Point and Mine Bay areas have been doing really well with the Yellow Lady and Red Taupo Tiger flies being the pick.

On the Hinemaiaia River this week anglers have had to put away their globugs and dig out their natural patterns to continue having reasonable success. Patterns such as the Chartreuse Prince Nymph, Da Hoooova and Green Magic Caddis in sizes #14 have been doing extremely well. This river is still holding plenty of fish however most of them are now in full spawning mode so take care when approaching a pool as these fish tend to spook quite easily.

The Tongariro River has still delivered some nice brown trout this week as well as a few feisty rainbows around the four to five pound mark. Once again naturals have been doing the business with small caddis imitations producing the best results for most. When the conditions are low and clear it pays to move around and cover new pockets of water such as fast runs and behind big boulders as most anglers will congregate at the pools.

Night fishing at the Hinemaiaia & Waitahanui river mouths has been better this week with some good sized fish being caught. Those fishing fast sinking lines with a Lumo Black Booby have had the most success. With some rain expected this weekend and perhaps a drop in the barometer we should see the mouth fishing improve a lot more.
I am expecting the fishing to continue to be good for the last of the school holidays but remember to rug up warm out there as these harsh frosts will carry on for some time yet.

3 July 2010

Another good week out there on our local rivers this week, plenty of rain and showers to keep the river levels topped up and the fish running. The Tongariro has probably been the big draw as you would expect at this time of year and it has not disappointed most anglers, some very good browns continue to get caught most weeks along with some very good conditioned fat rainbows.

Wetlining has probably been one of the more successful methods over the last few days especially with the rivers continued fluctuating levels. Small Olive or Brown in 10# and 8# Woolly Buggers with the clearing water and up to size 6# and 4# Black, Purple or Brown Woollys and Coneheads in the dirtier water.

The Waitahanui has been quite inconsistent over the last few days with very varied reports of fish numbers throughout the length. Pretty much a case of the right timing and getting to know one river well is the answer for most visitors that try there hand on this local stream.

The Hinemaiaia has been going very well for most, all though the word is out now regarding the new winter limit and it is getting very busy down there at the moment .
Reports of some good Jacks still being caught on a regular basis on the Hine especially to naturals such as Green and White Caddis, Flashback, Hare and Copper and the Prince Nymph. When the water is running clear naturals are the way to go, once again Caddis and small Flashbacks are the top flies.

The Tauranga-Taupo has had a good week with some reports coming in of some good little pulses of hard fighting 2-3lb Rainbows, mainly to small champagne and unreal eggs.

Weather is looking quite unsettled again so we can safely expect much of the same showers and rain. The river mouths have had a varied week with a full moon to contend with but on the cloudier nights Hatepe has been going quite well to small Black and Olive Boobies.

Lake fishing is still good , with more S/Westerlies due you don't need to go much further than Jerusalem Point and Acacia Bay for some good trolling. Once again varying the depth at this time of year is the key, anything from 20-40 meters is working.
Top lures are King Cobra in Spotty Gold, Baby Brown Kiwi's and Black Toby .

Until next week tight lines everyone

Weekly report: 15 June 2010

More of a steady week with the fly fishing. The rain has been fairly consistent through most of the last few days and river levels have stayed quite high throughout.
Just as the levels recede we get another downpour which has made fishing a little difficult with dirty water and restricted wading. Despite this some very good fishing has been reported from the Tongariro and the Hinemaiaia rivers.

Once again the wetliners have been catching some very good rainbows and browns during those dirtier water conditions using Big Black Woolly's and Black Rabbits.
The Glo Bugs are now definitely on the menu and once the water settles and recedes the bombs and eggs have been catching good numbers of fish. The Hinemaiaiai has also been throwing up some very good sized jacks again this week with lots of tales of the ones that got away amongst the many snags down the lower reaches. It does pay to beef up the gear a bit on this river as you do need to get control of these larger fish quickly or it's all over too quickly, five pound tippet does not cut the mustard on this river at the moment !!

Once the water clears the naturals are still very much on the menu, top nymphs this week are the Hare and Copper, various Pheasant Tail Flashbacks, Prince Nymph, Green and White Caddis and also the Dobson Fly Larvae or ( toe biter ) nymph has been found in stomach contents in both rivers discussed today

Forecast for the weekend is very mixed weather with some showers so difficult to predict the fishing conditions, but if we don't get too much rain then it should all be good with most rivers, perhaps even the Tauranga-Taupo will fire for us, you don't know till your out there to try .

Good steady fishing out on the lake this week , once again inclement weather making it difficult to get very much further than the Bay, despite this Acaia Bay, Jerusalem and the lake front have been producing some very good conditioned fish for the trollers mostly very deep at 35 mters but the occasional flurry much shallower at 20 mtres so it pays to chop and change to get it right. Top lures have been the King Cobra in Spotty Gold, Fluo Orange and Green and the Black Toby. If the winds abate then try to get to Waitahanui , White Cliffs and Rotagnaia Point this weekend .
Tight Lines till next week
Gary Lyttle

Weekly report: 8 June 2010

Queens Birthday weekend turned out to be pretty much a fly fishing bonanza for those that braved the elements. Most of the local rivers fired as the levels settled after the rain, and on Sunday boy did the fish run! The Tongariro produced some stunning rainbows up to 8lbs reported and photographed, lots of good sized silver bullets around the 4-5lb mark.

Wetliners had the most fun with the dirtier water using Black Woolly's, Black Rabbits, Purple and Brown Coneheads on DI3 and DI5 lines. As the water cleared the Eggs and bombs started doing the damage and a steady stream of happy anglers could be seen in the various car parks carrying some very nice looking trout home for the smoker.

Closer to home by Sunday afternoon the Hinemaiaia was very fishable and reports of people catching seven or eight fish from the same pool were common, some very good jacks were caught up towards the new winter limit on Green Copper John size 12# and P.T.N Flashbacks 10# and 12#. L ower down the river the Glo Bugs were the go with some very nice fish coming from below the bridge.

The Waitahanui also fired and had some very impressive runs from the lower to the middle pools. It did not seem to matter whether you were wetlining or nymphing both styles worked with a variety of different flies.

More rain forecast this week to keep the runs going, there should be less people around this week and hopefully the Tauranga-Taupo will clear and allow us to get amongst some of those bullets that run it at this time of year. The wind has now changed so hopefully the river mouths will be very fishable and with the recent westerlies there should be some good numbers of fish lined up at the entrances. Try sinking lines and Black and Lumo Boobies on dark.

The boats have enjoyed some good fishing out on the lake this week although the weather has limited the fishing to local areas , the lake front itself and the South side of Jerusalem Bay have been producing some good fishing to the trollers. Top lures have been the King Cobra Spotty Gold and Traffic Light .
Tight Lines till next week

Weekly report: 27 May 2010

Still some very good fishing out on the lake this last week despite some inclement weather. Harling has been the way, early in the mornings especially around the river mouth areas as fish are starting to gather to spawn up river at this time of year, top spots have been Waitahanui, Hatepe, and Whakaipo. The Hormatangi Reef has also been fishing well for the Harlers, once again it's the flies over the lures this week with the top patterns being the Taupo Tiger, Yellow Lady and Parsons Glory.

The lake front itself has once again been fishing well for the downriggers at depths between 20 metres and 35 metres. Most lures containing Orange and Black have been going well, the Traffic Light and Smaller Black Toby have also been effective. Still some very good sport jigging this week. South side of Mine Bay and Whakaipo have been going really. The Reef for those that don't mind the journey has been showing up some better quality fish.

The fly fishing is set to get another boost this week as the rain arrived again on Monday, most rivers were fishable the day after and have responded very well for the flyfishers. The Tauranga-Taupo was the one to be on as the levels receded a good solid run of silver bars went through mid week and both the wetliners and nymphers did well.

The Tongaririo went back to a normal flow very quickly and was clear by Tuesday morning , Naturals still seem to be the best way on most rivers still with just a few anglers doing well on small eggs the small size 16# Orange Flashtail has probably been the best of the eggs. Top nymphs have been the Batman, Hare and Copper, Prince Nymph and Green and White Caddis in sizes from 12# down to 16#.
For the Wetliners this week top patterns to try would be the Olive and Black Woolies, Red and Black Rabbits and Purple, Black or Brown Coneheads in the smaller sizes from 10# to 8#.

More rain is forecast for Friday so dependent on how much, the prospects for the weekend are looking good .

Weekly report: 20 May 2010

Some great fishing out on the lake this week, mainly on the downrigger at depths that vary from 80 to 130 feet. Top lures have been Spotty Gold and Orange and Gold Kiwis, another lure worth trying has been the King Cobra in Orange and Green. Best spots have been the Golden Mile and around Rangatira Point. Harling was also very productive early in the week especially around Waitahanui, Rotagaia Point and the White Cliffs. All fish responded to the flies as opposed to lures, top patterns used were the Yellow Lady and Taupo Tiger.

Jigging is still productive with the best depths at 25 to 45 meters deep, top flies will be Black and Brown Woolly Buggers, small Green Orbits and size 10# and 12# U.V smelt patterns. Best areas for jigging have been the South side of Mine Bay, Whakaipo Bay and the Moari Carvings, the Horomatangi Reef has also been productive on the calmer days.

Local fly fishing has had a greatly improved week after the rains, most local rivers responded well to the fresh, those that were lucky enough to be out on the receding levels had some very good fishing. Listening to the various reports as they came in last week we noted the amount of bigger fish that had been caught throughout most of the system, a very encouraging start to the winter runs this year. Top flies used this last week have been the Hare and Copper Bombs as the heavy fly and the Batman, Quasimodo, Flashback and Green Caddis nymphs in sizes ranging from 10# down to 14#. Most rivers will now be back at a normal level so treat accordingly.

We have more rain forecast for the beginning of the week my money will be on the T.T to preform well this next fresh, also the Tongariro will be worth looking at for some good winter sport. Take care out there, until next week, tightlines.

Weekly report: 4 May 2010

Some great back end fishing out there on the lake at the moment , change of light as usual still best though the evening seems to be the more productive time at the moment. Harling made a bit of a come back this week with some nice conditioned fish coming to a Fluo Parsons Glory fly, also the small spotty gold Cobra is worth putting on the point.

The downrigger has also been going well with top depths between 80-120 feet , chopping and changing your depth is the key to success at the moment. Top lures for the trollers this week is the King Cobra Spotty Gold, Orange / Black Barred Tazzie Devil, Red and Green and Fluo Orange and Green Kiwi lures also going well. Best areas to head for this week with the forecasted winds will be Wharewaka Point, Jerusalem Point and Acacia Point all these areas have fished well recently.

The Taupo Lake front itself has also been fishing well at the 80 foot mark well worth a go at the moment. On the whole, still fishing very well and still plenty of well conditioned fat fish to be caught. On the local fly fishing scene we are still waiting for rain to give us a real start to the winter runs. I really hope that its my day off when it fires cause when the rain comes it's gonna be awesome.

The Hinemaiaia and the Waitahanui have both has some serious south westerlies blowing up them over the last few days so I would be expecting to hear of some good reports from these rivers shortly despite the lack of rain. The Tongariro has been fishing reasonably well, still the odd good fish being caught, mostly chunky little resident rainbows being caught on nymphs. I would still be looking at small nymphs locally with the low levels , flies such as Hare and Copper, Cadillac, Tungsten Death and Da Hoova in size 16# and 14# .

The river mouths have been going quite well as we have had plenty of cloud cover this week, especially the Tauranga Taupo River mouth as the drop if is quite accessible with care. Fast sink lines and dark coloured Boobies with the glow eyes have been the go here

Weekly report: 22 April 2010

A week of light winds for the boaties during the middle of the week has helped sustain some good fishing on the lake this week. The forecast going into the weekend is much of the same , cloudy and sunny with light Westerlies, at the time of writing of course!
Top lure this week according to our friends at White Striker charters has to be a Yellow Tazzie / Kiwi lure with red and black spots this has been an outstanding lure this week .
King Cobra in Spotty Gold and also the standard Baby Brown have also been doing well.
Whareweka Point has been top spot fishing down at 40 mtres on the Downrigger. Dirty Duck Creek, 5 Mile Bay, Jerusalem round to Rangatira Point have all been good spots this week.

The change of light in the evening seems to be the best time to be out there at the moment. Jigging has been going really well this week with the light winds wev'e been having , some good quality fish being caught , Colin Davis of Taupo enjoyed a great day over at the Maori Carvings last week with Good Rainbows up to 2.4 kgs small UV Smelt patterns were the killing flies.

The local fly fishing continues to be a little hit and miss with the low levels. The Waitahanui has got plenty of fish in there at the moment but are very hard to tempt .
The Hinemaiaia has been having some good back end Mayfly hatches during the afternoons going into evening small CDC emergers and Parachute Adams in size 16 # and 18# will do the trick for most situations there. Some nice fish being caught on the nymph also from the Hine.

Some better reports from the rips this week, the mornings seem to be better than the evenings this last few days. Sinking lines and Black Boobies during those change of light periods seem to be a killing combination at the moment at both Hatepe and Waitahanui.

We are all now just waiting for the first good sustained downpour to give us a freshen up as quite a few fish will be starting to think about moving into the system for spawning now with winter round the corner. Talking of which , while we wait in anticipation , now is a good time to check the fly boxes and top up with your eggs and bombs. Till next week

Weekly report: 15 April 2010

Another good week out on the lake this week, sounds like a few anglers took our advice about getting on the water early this week thankfully it's been paying off for most. Still a great variation on the correct depth to fish, any thing from 20 meters to 45 meters deep.

Those brighter lures we spoke of last week are still going well , such as the Pink and Lemon , Lemon and White and Fluo Pink also the Baby Brown has made a comeback this week along with the Small Black Toby. Top spots the Golden Mile, Whakaipo, Mine Bay and Waitahanui to Rotongio Point onto the White Cliffs. The Horotamangi Reef has once again been producing some better quality fish, especially to the jiggers. The Harling has been a little slower again this week except for a few locals out at Waitahanui on the Kayaks very early in the morning.

The jigging is still probably top method at the moment for consistent day time sport , best depths between 20-40 meters. Top flies, small Pat Swift Green Orbits and Chartreuse Orbit on the bottom and size 10# and 12# epoxy smelt patterns on the top droppers.

Local fly fishing has been a little indifferent. The rivers are quite low for the time of year and this is making fish very shy and nervous especially with the added number of anglers on the rivers over the last week or so during the Easter break. Best performing river at the moment I would say will be the Hinemaiaia we have had some good reports of reasonable numbers of fish in the 3-4lb bracket being caught to dry fly dropper tactics.

The Tongariro has also been fishing reasonbly well with the odd good Brown showing to surprise some lucky anglers last week. Again dry fly dropper in the riffle and pockets is still producing fish. The odd fish are still coming up to look at the dry but mostly turning and taking the nymph now.

The river mouths are fishing reasonably well again after the last moon, just depends on the night. Hatepe has been producing some nice fish from a good looking rip at the moment floating line and Rabbits seem to be the go there at the moment.

Hopefully we have some rain on the horizon soon to help freshen everything up and get a few freshies in the system .

Weekly report: 8 April 2010

Fishing out the lake has been very good over the last week. Early mornings and change of light in the evening are very much better than the middle of the day as it really does start to go quiet during this time at the moment. The fish are starting to be found at greatly varying depths, any thing from 20metres to 40 metres deep so you really have to keep changing depths to stay in touch. Brighter coloured lures seem to in favour this week such as the Fluo Orange and Gold, Pink and Lemon, Lemon and White, also Pink and Lemon.

Top spots have been Rotagnaia, Wharewaka, Rangatira Point and the Reef has also been producing some good fishing wind permitting. Harling has started to slow down for many anglers now although the odd good fish is still turning up at Waitahanui for the early birds.

Those that have ventured over to the Western Bays have mainly bought back quite negative news in general the fishing definitely seems to be more consistent this side of the lake. Jigging is still very good, although the fish depths are varying greatly from 20 metres to 45 meters. Definitely a year of the brown trout for the fly fishing locally; it's been a long time since we have heard of so many good sized brownies in the system.

The Tongariro and Waitahanui both have good numbers of fish in them and now have some nice fresh rainbows entering the river now without the full moon. Some reasonable dry fly sport left especially on a mild evening on the Hinemaiaia. Most fish are now being caught on nymphs, small 16 # and 14# very drab and slim no flash , such as Da Hoova , black beaded Hares Ear and slimly tied PTNs. Dry fly dropper is still a good bet, although we are hearing of the odd fish getting caught in the deeper pools to eggs.

Good reports still from the Mohaka, Whanganui, and Waipunga, most rivers could actually do with a good rain now to freshen everything up. The river mouths should start to fish better as we head into April and hopefully that rain won’t be to far away.
Tight Lines everyone

Weekly report: 30 March 2010

A bit of a patchy week out on the lake this week, some people doing better than others, those that have been most successful seem to be working at changing depths, lures and places to stay in touch more than others. Top lures this week probably the small black and copper Toby's followed by the Kiwi Orange and Gold and the Spotty Gold Cobra.

Still some good reports from people early morning harling out over Waitahanui this week, larger Jack Spratt and Grey Ghost in patterns in size 2# have been doing the damage with some well conditioned fish being caught. Some good reports from the Reef this week in between the winds for the jiggers using mainly smelt patterns at between 35 - 45 meters. This weekend is looking quite reasonable weather wise so it might pay to give some of the Western Bays a go as the Bay is likely to be quite busy.

Fly fishing has also been a little mixed this week with the last of the dry fly action starting to fizzle out. Most rivers have reasonable numbers of fish in them but are now quite wary being so late in the season and with such low levels. Good numbers of browns are in the Tongariro and Waitahanui but are proving difficult to catch.

Top nymphs this week would be the black beaded Hare and Copper , the Da Hoova and sparsly tied PTNs in sizes 14# and 16# without any flash. Reduce the tippet size down and stay low and you can still enjoy some very good fishing.

We are all looking forward to some much needed rain to help flush and rejuvinate the rivers. The river mouth fishing should start to fire now as we get into April, mixed reports from these at the moment, you just have to be there on the right night.
Look forward to seeing you out there .
Tight Lines

Weekly report: 17 March 2010

Fishing out on the lake has been as good as it gets over the last week or so, certainly some of the best sport of the summer out there at the moment. Plenty of good conditioned trout in that 3-4lb bracket with a smattering of bigger fish spewing out smelt, all good news for the fishery. Top spots this week have out to Waitahanui , White Cliffs and round to Rotagnaia point, Jerusalem Bay and the Golden Mile have all been local hot spots. The Western Bays have not been firing as well as the local waters.

Top depths are between 30 and 40 meters, chopping and changing to keep in touch with the fish. Best lures this week are the Pink and Lemon Kiwis, Black Toby, Spotty Gold and Kiwi Orange and Gold. Jigging is still firing locally at Whareweka and the Moari Carvings round to Mine Bay. Best depths between 25 and 35 meters. Top lures still the Pat Swift Green Orbit on the point and small smelt patterns on the top droppers .

Local fly fishing has been quite varied with the low and clearer water conditions, good hatches of Lace Wings have been giving good sport on the Waitahanui and T.T .
Quite a few good browns being caught on the Tongariro recently, there are still fish out there willing to come to the cicada especially back country but it is getting late now for the big dries.

The Waipunga has finally come good after months of high levels with some nice fish coming to dries and small sparse nymphs. The lakes are still fishing very well in between weather patterns, Otamangakau is set to fish well now as angling pressure drops. I fished Rotoaira last week and caught some cracking rainbows in the 4-5lb bracket on intermediate lines using small nymphs and damsel patterns. Plenty of good fishing still to be had as we head to autumn so get out there and enjoy.

Weekly report: 25 February 2010

US visitor with a trophy back country brown

 

An 11 1/2 lb brown from the Waitahanui

by Gary Lyttle
of
Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

A good steady week this week out on the lake [Lake Taupo]. Low winds have encouraged many boaties to venture out to the Western Bays this last few days where the fishing has been generally very good.

Early morning harling has been very successful this week with some nice browns and rainbows coming from Kawa Kawa and Waihora to large Ginger Mick, Parsons Glory and Taupo Tiger flies. Nearer to home the White Cliffs, Rotongaio and Waitahaanui have been producing early morning as well.

Jigging is still going great guns this week with lots of reports of good fishing from most of the favourite spots. The calmer winds have allowed quite few anglers to give the Reef a visit with some very good quality fish early morning and change of light. Once again Pat Swift smelt patterns are still proving to be the best flies to use at depths varying from 25-35 metres deep.

Local fly fishing has been hotting up with some good cicada activity down on the Hinemaiaia and Tongariro rivers.

Local fly fishing has been hotting up with some good cicada activity down on the Hinemaiaia and Tongariro rivers. The T.T has also started to fish well to the dry fly now that we have more settled weather. Good sized browns have been seen in the lower Waitahanui the lower Tongariro and are also showing up in good sizes on some of the local rips.

Good time to consider that back country trip now as many of the rivers a re-stabilizing after the rains and should respond well to the dry. Many will not have had that much pressure from anglers for the same reasons.

Fly fishing over in the Western Bays for smelting fish [see smelt patterns]should be all on now but has been indifferent for some and fantastic for others you just have to take your chance and try your luck.

Bit of everything in the weather forecast this week coming , but nothing to drastic so no excuses.

Tight lines
Gary Lyttle

Weekly report: 26 January 2010

Well we moaned it was too dry !!! Rain rain and more rain , light winds though , which has allowed some of the hardier(?) boaties to get out and enjoy some more fabulous fishing out on the lake this week. The western bays have been performing exceptionally well for the Harlers and jiggers. We saw photos of another double digit brown caught over at Kawa Kawa Bay harling a Parsons Glory. This fish was in magnificent condition and is being mounted by the captor.

Harling has again been all on this week with some good extended periods of success till later in the day because of the overcast conditions we are experiencing.
Taupo Tiger , Red Body Green Orbits , Ginger Mick and Grey Ghost have all been successful flies this week.

The Waitahanui will have to be a favourite spot to try for some quality fish this time of year especially with the rain putting plenty water into the rip. Jigging has been exceptional this last week especially over in the Western Bays, T.T river mouth and also the point off Motuapa has gone well.

Once again small Pat Swift smelt patterns are the go, best depths can still vary greatly from 30-50 meters deep at the moment, keep searching to find that first fish and mark that depth and the others won't be far away.

Local fly fishing was pretty much a wipe out this week as far as the rivers go the water table at the time of writing is still very high so all the showers are quickly filling the rivers back up. The rips have been going quite well with some good quality fish coming from Hatepe early morning.

The still waters have all been fishing very well with Otamangakau and Rotoaira going great guns to Damsel and Dragonfly larva patterns. With these seriously fluctuating river levels it is imperative that you check on the weather before you set out especially if your going back country, take a wading staff and use it, it may save your life. Don't take any risks with high water !!

Weekly report: 14 January 2010

Another very positive week for the fishery both the Great Lake and the local rivers also our back country rivers have all been fishing well.

Out on the lake most methods are working well though White Striker tell us that locally the down rigger has been doing most damage for them possibly because of lots traffic from above pushing fish down a little further. Harling is still going great guns, as usual early birds catch the fish, one or two colours of lead, Ginger Mick, Green Orbit, Taupo Tiger and Yellow Lady all doing well at both ends of the day. Iif conditions are good for harling during the day then a switch to smaller smelt patterns will be the go such as Grey Ghost and Jack Spratt.

Whakaipo Bay, Mine Bay, Waitahanui, Jerusalem and the Golden Mile have all been producing fish for the harlers. A trip over the Western Bays this time of year is always worth a go as they don't get get quite the same pressure as local spots.

Jigging has again been hot this last week with good reports of solid well conditioned Rainbows being caught at most of the local jigging spots such as Mine Bay Point, Maori Carvings, Whakaipo and Whareweka Point also Rangatira Point and the Reef once again with wind permitting has been good.

Local Fly fishing has been quite good with some nice browns being spotted along the Waitahanui odd good fresh rainbows are still being caught, the Hinemaia is still going well to the dry fly both during the day and the evening. The odd fish has even been caught on a Cicada so we're told.

The Tongariro is fishing well and and has very little pressure this time of year mainly mending fish but odd silver bullets amongst them. Dry fly dropper through riffle has been the go with small PTNS and Hare and Copper patterns in size 16# and 14# have been the sort of flies doing the damage. Good evening rises on most rivers still but that cold wind we have experienced this week holds it back a while but still worth the wait.

Back Country is all systems go with positive reports from the Mohaka, Rangitikei, and Whakapapa rivers this week. No excuses now, its all go , get out and enjoy our great outdoors.

Weekly report: 7 January 2010

No complaints this summer so far with lots of fish being caught round the lake [Lake Taupo]. The most consistent remark would be what good condition the fish are in this year compared to recent summers; still lots of smaller fish around but most limits taken contain some very good looking fish full of smelt.

Last week the top areas would have been Waitahanui round to Rotongaiao and around the White Cliffs. A lot of the local spots have received considerable pressure with the holidays upon us if you want to fish local you need to be out early before the armada !
Many boaties travelled a little further over to the Western Bays and found Waihora, Kawa Kawa fishing reasonably well. [See the Lake Taupo map]

Top methods will be harling Green Orbits and Ginger Micks very early at 5.00 am start.
Small Cobras have also been doing well at depths between 8-12 meters.

Jigging has finally kicked into gear with some very good fish being caught at all the usual jigging spots round the lake at around the 35-50 meter mark a little deeper than normal for this time of year.

Mini Green and Fluo Green Pat Swift Orbits on the bottom dropper and smelt patterns on the higher droppers will do the damage Mine Bay point, Moari Carvings and Whakaipo have been doing well as well as the Reef when the weather permits.

Local fly fishing has been very good over the last few weeks many rivers received a bit of a fresh this week so this should encourage a few of the big browns to move up , quite a few nice silver fish being caught on most rivers. You will need to fine right down to stay in touch once the rivers go low and clear again.

Dry fly sport has been exceptional on the Tongariro and the Hinemaiaia during the da , small Mayfly patterns, Green Beetle, and small terrestrials are doing well , in the evenings hatches of Caddis are giving good rises at change of light.

The lakes are all fishing well, Rotoaira again exceptional damsel activity here and at Otamangakau during hot bright spells. Plenty of fish are being caught at Ota but not the biggies we come to expect this time of year, not yet any way.

Cicadas are more evident now so a couple of weeks of fine weather and we should be in to it.

Tight Lines
Gary Lyttle

Weekly report: 17 December 2009

Sean Winslade of Taupo aboard White Striker

by Gary Lyttle
of
Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

Fishing out on the lake [Lake Taupo] has again been good this week. Harling has been very good especially very early mornings, still the same fluo orange Cobra lure and Green Orbits doing the damage.

Other flies to try now will be the Ginger Mick, Parsons Glory and Yellow Lady, and during the day with Grey Ghosts to emulate the smelt will be good.

Top spots have been the Golden Mile, Ranagtira Point round to Whakamoenga. Whakaipo Bay and Mine Bay. On the other side of the bay, Waitahanui round to Rotagnaia, and Whareweka Point have been going well.

Jigging has started to pick up momentum with some good catches coming from Whareweka Point.

The Moari Carvings and Mine Bay, the Horotamangi Reef produced some exceptional fish for some of our customers this week with fish up to 5lbs being caught on small smelt patterns and mini Green Orbits.

Local fly fishing continues to be quite good, some good reports from the Hinemaiaia this week with good numbers of fish being caught on small nymphs, some spazmodic dry fly sport during the day also on Green Beetles.

The Tongariro is still fishing very well, reports of some very good fish being caught this week and some early browns have been showing up just to spice things up a little. Lots of recovering fish being caught but a remarkable improvement in condition compared to just a couple of weeks ago. Local lakes have been a bit hit and miss this week with rain colouring the water a little for a few days. Rotoaira is probably still pick of the bunch for consistent sport.

River mouths should be set to improve soon over the next few weeks, many of the mouths have been a little hit and miss for many anglers recently as far as numbers go but some good quality fish showing up for those that persist, Hatepe has been giving up some good sized rainbows to 5lb this week on smelt patterns , small Woolly Buggers and small Boobies.

Good evening rises on most rivers this week although the cold winds have been holding them back over the last few days.

Hearing plenty of cicadas now when its hot. Bring it on!!

Tight lines
Gary Lyttle

Weekly report: 3 December 2009

by Gary Lyttle of Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

It is always good to hear from customers that take the trouble to thank you for good advise, it also wonderful when with a beaming smile they bring in fish like the one pictured to be weighed and photographed, good not just for us but for the whole of the Taupo community to see signs that justify that we may just be seeing the evidence of an upturn in our wonderful fishery.

This fish was caught by local Keith Ensor jigging with some of our smelt specials, it was just a couple of ounces under the magic 10lb mark but could well have lost those vital two ounces during the day in the ice bucket. Not the longest fish but the condition was just outstanding for such a young maiden fish.

An hour later on Saturday morning local customer Mr Ryan came in to tell us of a 14lb Brown caught and released by his wife Theresa over in Kawa Kawa Bay, further reports today have been coming in of more large fish caught before the weather packed in on Wednesday night as I write .

Harling has made a sudden comeback this week with many locals enjoying some superb sport over the Taupo Bay itself and at Waitahanui also Mine Bay and Whakaipo Bay have been good. Orange and Gold Cobras and Green Orbits also the Ginger Micks have been top lures. Jigging has also fired up for quite a few anglers with reports that most of the local points such as Ranagtira , Moari Carvings , Mine Bay and Whareweka have been producing on smelt patterns.

Local fly fishing has been good for those that have fined down, top river will still be the Tongariro for numbers of fish but many will be returning kelts, The dry fly sport continues to improve on the right nights, you will need mayfly emerger patterns for the early part of the rise, adults and spinners for the change of light and caddis adults for the last splashy rise forms of the evening.

We have had some very good fish on our visits this week including some early browns entering the river. The Hinemaiaia opened this week but we have not had many reports but it sounds as thought there have been quite a few solid fish caught and many tales of bigger fishy lost in the infamous snags .

River mouths are starting to perform now as the smelt start to appear at the entrances.

Weekly report: 26 November 2009

by Gary Lyttle of Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

Another good week this week on the lake (Lake Taupo). Change of light at both ends of the day is still the best time to be out there. Best depths are stiil quite deep at between 30 and 40 metres, changing depth around to find the fish is still essential to stay in touch. Top lures this week standard sized Orange and Gold Kiwi lures and the Spotty Gold in Cobra, also the small Black and Gold or Black and Copper small Tobies are still going well. We have some big winds and rain forecast coming from the North this weekend so Mine Bay and the shelter of Taupo Bay itself will still produce, if you can get round to Waitahanui and Rotagnaia Point then you should do ok.

Harling is still a little mixed though some regulars that are out on the water at 5.00am at Waitahanui are still getting good results top lures for this have been the Orange and Gold Cobra and Ginger Mick flies. Fly fishing has been a little mixed this week locally as the rivers are getting a little low and clear those that are prepared to do some walking and change down in tippet size and fly size will still get results. Evening rises on most rivers are in full swing with strong caddis activity at change of light. Dec 1st backcountry sections open up soon and should all be in good shape. Keep an eye out for any signs of didymo as you may be the first on the water since last season, if you are suspiscious give DOC a ring immediately to check it out, better safe than sorry.

The lakes have all been going well. Rotoaira has been exceptional this year so far, early mornings are best on here as the wind picks up real quick towards mid morning, intermediate lines and dark woolies in size 10# through to 8# will do the job.

Any one keen on fly tying should not miss a once in a life time opportunity to see Mark Petitjean from Switzerland demonstrate his tying skills at Turangi Trout Centre. I can personally vouch that he is the world master of CDC flies and well worth a visit, the date is 10th of December and tickets are $ 20.00. Contact Nate Jarvis at freephone 0800 100 515.

Some of our local customers heard the first cicadas this week so lets hope summers round the corner.

Take care out there on the water,

Tight Lines
Gary Lyttle

Weekly fishing report:  19 November 2009

by Gary Lyttle of Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

Good steady fishing out there on the Great Lake this week, early mornings and change of light are still the best times out there but the fishing has improved slightly for those that want to fish through the middle part of the day. In saying that, it is the downriggers that are catching the most fish at this time of the day , success has also required going deeper, down to the 36 to 40 metre mark.

Top lures are the larger King Cobras in Spotty Gold , Orange and Gold and Traffic Light, The Black Tobies are also still going well in the smaller sizes. Top spots are Rangatira Point round to Maori Carvings and along to Mine Bay. Waitahanui is still going well although the Harling has been a little slower this week. Whareweka Point, Taupo Bay and round to Jerusalem have also been going well.

Jigging has been a bit hit and miss this week as the mixed weather has kept the temperature back compared to last year and the fish still seem to be at very different depths on the favourite Points and Peninsulas.

Fly fishing has improved further afield as the water levels have now receded to a normal flow, good reports this week from the Mohaka, good numbers of fish being caught not to far from the highway bridge also the Waipunga has also been fishing a bit better as the levels have made wading a little less hazardous.

Excellent dry fly sport on the Tongariro most evenings even with inclement winds and cold the hatch still happens, a cold wind can delay the activity but you can still get a good half hour of intense activity if you hang on right to dusk. Top flies will be Mayfly emerger patterns in size 16# and 14# early evening then a switch to caddis at change of light using Klinkhamers and Elk Hair Caddis in size 14# to 12# even size 10# on dark.

The lakes have been a bit blowy this latter part of the week, but the Big “O” has escaped the worst winds and has fished quite well.

Big winds and horrendous rain as I write this so it will all be in the air again as to where to go and what waters get affected the most, good thing about living in Taupo is there is always somewhere you can get to that is fishable once the season has started .
Tight lines to all

Weekly fishing report:  12 November 2009

by Mike Stent of Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

The past week has been a fairly good one for anglers in the Taupo district. Reports of some good harling especially during the first couple of hours of daylight are regularly coming through now and finally we are seeing a marked improvement in the fish condition which bodes well for the coming summer months. Best harling flies have been the ginger mick, green orbit and jack spratt. During the day fish are being caught as deep as 25 meter downrigging or trolling lead lines. Jigging is starting to improve now and will only get better as the Lake warms going into summer. Best trolling lures are the orange and gold, baby brown and rastafarian. Areas to have fished well have been Rotongaio Pt, White Cliffs-Hatepe, Whakaipo Bay and at times Rangatira Pt.

Fly fishers are having to work a little harder this week on the local rivers with all of the rivers being low and clear. Anglers are catching a mixed bag of fish in terms of quality with a lot of fish now having spawned and dropping their way back down river to the Lake. With the low, clear river conditions best fly patterns have been smaller naturals such as pheasant tail, hare and copper and the prince nymph. Keep your indicators small and lengthen leaders on the smaller rivers. Reports of good fishing are coming from Lakes Otamangakau and Rotoaira so it is well worth a trip to these lakes if a fine day is forecast

Weekly fishing report:  6 November 2009

by Gary Lyttle of Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

Early mornings and change of light in the evening are the prime times to be out on the lake this week , it has got notably harder during the day. Fishing has been good with plenty of fish in very good condition still more reports of good numbers of smelt being found in the trout which is all boding well we hope for another improved season.
Top spots have been Rangatira Point , Jerusalem Bay , and Waitahanui , also whilst on that side of the lake the White Cliffs round to Rotagnaia Point have also been doing well.

Top lures have been the Traffic Light , Spotty Gold and Orange and Gold , notably the larger sized King Cobra and Tazzies are now performing better than the smaller lures .
Harling has been productive again this week and the top spot is still over towards Waitahanui around the Dirty Duck Creek area towing a small Cobra and Green Orbit , Yellow Lady and Ginger Mick flies in sizes #2 and #6 .

The Western Bays have been fishing well quite over at Waihora and Waihaha for those that have ventured over. Once again it seems that the local fishing around Taupo is still fishing better than over the Bays.

The jigging is still a little early but a few anglers have been out trying with mixed results this last week, a lot of fish are still at differing levels so jigging will improve as the water starts to stratify. In saying that Rangatira Point and the Maori Carvings and the South side of Mine Bay Point did quite well for some locals this week jigging with Ginger Micks on size 8# and 10# hooks .

The local fly fishing has been quite good this week as levels are now really quite settled , the rivers are now very clear again so small naturals such as Green Caddis , P.T. N ,s Hare and Copper and Coloburiscus nymphs sin size 16# and 14# have been going quite well , time to search out more riffled waters with a dry fly dropper rig now as fish start to actively search for for aquatic insects, we had our first dry fly session this week on the Tongaririo last Sunday and had some great sport on small dries, most rivers now will have hatches occurring at some stage of the day so make sure you have some Elk Hair Caddis and Parachute Adams dries in size 18#and 14# with you from now on.

The back county rivers are now very clear but many are still carrying a good volume of water so you need to check your levels before making a big trip, most should now be in top order and will have had very little pressure so get out there and enjoy the great outdoors in Gods Country !!

Weekly fishing report:  28 October 2009

by Gary Lyttle of Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

Well what a stunning weekend we had for the holiday, lots of boaties turned up to fish the great lake and from the reports that came back to us most people had very little to complain about this year , we all know that the size and numbers of fish at present is not what it was compared to yesteryear for the present period so lets move on and enjoy the lake for all its natural ups and downs it still remains a world class place to visit and enjoy, and judging from the numbers and condition of the fish caught this last weekend then we still live in paradise especially for those of us lucky enough to live on it's shores.

Most of the places that we predicted last week performed really well and to a whole variety of depths lures and methods. The milder weather and more boat traffic locally encouraged some boaties to try further afield over the Western Bays and had some very good fishing with Waihaha and Waihora showing some signs of some early smelt activity.

Top lures are probably still that 7grm Black Toby closely followed by a Std Spotty Gold Cobra, Orange and Gold and also the Traffic light. Harling was very productive especially around the Waitahanui area , top patterns were the Standard and Red bodied Orbits in Size 6# and also the Parsons Glory and Ginger Mick in the smaller size 6# again.

Jigging also did quite well at the weekend with Mine Bay, Moari Carvings and Whareweka Point doing quite well. A large size 8# Woolie in Black or Olive on the point and the standard small 12# and 10# Pat Swift Patterns on the droppers at any thing between 30 and 45 meters seemed to be doing well.

The local fly fishing was also performing for many visitors and locals alike the top performer was still the Tongariro followed by the local Waitahanui, with some nice fish landed on smaller naturals.

The lakes also fished well with Rotoaira the pick of the bunch with some hard fighting Rainbows in the 2-3 1/2 lb class falling for Small Black and Olive lures stripped on Inters and Di3 lines.

Otamangakau has been quite moody since opening weekend with many anglers having mixed results with the fluctuating levels and dirty water.
Nearly time to try for an evening rise now as the weather gets better and night draw out.

  Weekly fishing report:  21 October 2009

by Gary Lyttle of Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

A mixed week this week for the boaties on the lake (Lake Taupo), some good fishing towards the latter part of the week with some settled weather approaching. The early mornings have again been the best time to be out there this week before the wind starts to pick up.

Top spots this week have been Whareweka Point, Waitahanui and along the White Cliffs to Rotongaio Point, inside of Whakaipo Bay and Taupo Bay itself again has been producing steady sport.

Top lures this week have been the Traffic Light Cobra , Baby Brown and Spotty Gold Kiwis in std sizes, the 7grm Tobies are still going well especially the Black and Gold and Copper colours.

Harling has been producing a few fish for the early risers especially round Waitahanui again. Whakaipo Bay has also been good for some local kayakers this week.
One or two colours of lead with the Small Orange Cobra or Spotty Gold Cobra have been going well also the old Mother of Pearl lure has been doing well this week Top fly this week for the harlers will be the smaller size 6# Std Green Orbit and Ginger Mick.

A few customers have been out there trying some early season jigging this week with reasonable results for the time of year. Brown and Olive Woolly buggers in size 8# and !0# were doing most damage .

The fly fishing has generally been good towards the middle of the week as river levels have subsided to more natural flows, the Tongariro will have to be the pick of the bunch of the locals this week with reports of some excellent fishing throughout the length of the river from the town up.

As predicted last week the wet liners have been enjoying some very good early morning fishing on the Olive and Black coloured woollies in size 8# and 10# .
Naturals have been doing better as the day progresses down to size 16# as more pressure hits the river and trout become wary .

Once again some welcome reports of dry fly activity starting to fire up on the warmer, calmer days. The Waikato streams are pretty much in full swing with healthy spring mayfly activity and some good caddis hatches in the evenings as well , so lets hope its all just round the corner for us now.

Tight Lines
Gary

Weekly fishing report:  15 October 2009

by Gary Lyttle of Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

Another steady week this week for the boaties out on the lake [Lake Taupo]. Early morning, and I mean early, has definitely been the time to be out there this week.

Top depths still at 30-35 meters. You will need to continually chop and change depth to stay in touch as the fish are still at very mixed levels.

Top lures this week according to our friends over at White Striker have been the small 7grm Tobies in Black and Gold Stripe , Copper and Green and Gold , also the smaller std Cobras in Spotty Gold and Traffic light have been going well.

White Striker say that some of the best fishing has been just in the Taupo Bay itself, Whakaipo Bay, Mine Bay and the Maori Carvings round to Rangatira Point have all been producing good numbers this week.

Although a lot of fish are still on the small side the condition factor on those slightly better fish inside the takeable limit have been excellent with large amounts of smelt showing up in the stomachs.

Harling is now a very viable option to try early mornings especially round the Waitahanui area. Top flies are the Std Green Orbits, Ginger Mick and Parsons Glory.

Another good area for harling locally has been the Booths Farm area between Acacia Bay and the main Taupo boat harbour.

Local fly fishing has been quite good this week with good amounts of fish now throughout most of our local river systems. The Tongariro has probably been the pick of the bunch this week with reports from many of our visitors of some very good fishing throughout the length of the river.

Small naturals such as the new Batman nymph and Caddilacs and Hare and Copper in 14# and 16# have been the best method for most anglers although the wet liners have probably been catching better quality fish early in the mornings on Small black and olive coloured Woollies.

Back country fishing has still been very mixed with the weather although some anglers have done well on the Mohaka but the water levels are still quite high and powerful.

The first reports of Caddis and Mayfly activity have been warmly received although the hatches are small and sparse it is a very welcome sight after a long winter.

Big rain forecast for the weekend so every thing will change again so you'll need to adapt to the conditions in the mean time Tight Lines everyone.

Weekly fishing report:  8 October 2009

by Gary Lyttle of Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

Weather has been more than a little restrictive over the last few days out on the lake, very strong cold winds have restricted most local boaties to the bay itself. Despite this the fishing has been very good with reports of reasonable numbers of fish encouraging reports again of good quality strong silver fish being caught. Best times are without doubt around that 6.30 -8.30am mark for the early birds and change of light the other end of the day.

Best depths will require lots of chop and change to stay in touch with fish but that 30-35 mtr is still the zone to be in. Best lures this week have again been the smaller 7grm Black and Gold stripe and the all Copper Toby. Various brighter coloured Cobra and Kiwi lures but all in the smaller standard sizes notably the larger King sizes have not had the same effect this week.

If the weather allows you to get out of the Bay this weekend then you could try Whakaipo Bay, Waitahanui, White Cliffs, Rotagnaia Point and also give the Horomatangi Reef a go as there have been a few better quality fish caught over there recently.

Harling has been a little slow this week again due to the weather but it is definitely worth a try early in the morning before first light using one colour of lead over the 4 metre mark, Ginger Mick and standard Green Orbits in 2#s also Fluo Orange std Cobras are worth trying as well for a harl.

The fly fishing season got off to a very mixed start last week with many back country rivers made unfishable with the rain. The lakes however were a different story and Kuratau and Otamangakau fished very well despite the cold wind and rain, I fished Otamangakau and saw plenty of fish being caught I think the fly fishers were doing better than the harlers as most fish were feeding quite shallow. The fish were in notably better condition than this time last year some of the hens were superb, once again intermediate and DI 3 lines did the job with Black, Brown and Purple woollies doing the damage .

The forecast for this weekend is for more of the same wintery weather so wrap up and check your river levels before travelling any distance. Good luck to all those entered in the Kinloch Competition this weekend hope you all have a great few days.
Tight Lines

 Weekly fishing report:  24 September 2009

by Gary Lyttle of Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

What a great week its been out there on the lake this last week, you can really feel summer round the corner, the fishing has been really good for many people out there this last few days. Top lures this week are still the Toby's in black and gold stripe also the Copper Toby both in the smaller sizes, also worth trying will be the standard Cobras in Spotty Gold, Fluo Orange and Black and Baby Brown. Top spots have been Whareweka Point and Three Mile Bay this week down at the 80 to 100 feet mark also Rangatira Point and Whakaipo Bay are still producing good numbers of fish. Good reports also from Waitahanui and the White Cliffs and Rotagnaia Point.


Harling has started and is worth trying early mornings round the Waitahanui area. Flies to try for this time of year will be the Yellow Lady , Green Orbit and Ginger Mick, you can ring the changes and run a small sized Cobra in Spotty Gold on the point and your fly up front.

Local fly fishing has been steady this week, successful for those that are prepared to scale right down and put some walking in to find fresh fish in the pools, the Tongariro has been steady this last week and fish can be seen throughout the length in the clear water. The smaller rivers have had a bit of pressure over the last few weeks and fish are getting pretty wired. The river mouths at Waitahanui and Hatepe have been mixed with the changing winds but have been producing reasonably consistantly.

New season is nearly upon us once again so don't forget to renew your licences and check the rules about start times on the places you intend to fish opening weekend as not all rivers open Oct 1st. Good time to check all you gear thoroughly and clean or replace tired lines and old tippet etc. Check your flies for sharpness and for rust or signs of damage and wear and tear.

Have a great new season and tight lines to all !!

 Weekly fishing report:  10 September 2009

I write this report after just coming off the phone with our friends from White Striker Charters who were having a blast out on the lake (Lake Taupo) about 9.00 this morning, plenty of fish coming to the boat including a very good brown of around five and a half pounds. Richard Staines was also commenting on the amount of smelt being spewed up by the trout over the last week or so. We all very much hope that this continues to be the news we hear over the coming months.

Top lure this week is without doubt the smaller sized Black Toby this has been doing the damage all week. Other lures to consider would be the Std Cobras in Spotty Gold , Yellow Leopard, and Traffic Light.

On Lake Taupo Rangatira Point has been the hotspot this week with good numbers showing up on most days. With the very early signs of smelting activity at the moment it might be worth a go at some early morning harling, give Waiatahanui and Rangatira a go, also consider Whakaipo and Mine Bay even the Reef given some nice calm weather will be worth a visit for a Harl, you don't know until you try.

The local fly fishing has been very up and down as the river levels continue to recede from the last fresh we had. The Tongaririo has plenty of fish throughout the length , we had some good reports of bigger rainbows being caught with the fresh but most fish being caught this week have an average size. Remember to fine everything right down for success as the rivers get low and clear.

The Hinemaiaia still has fish through the length but are now mainly on the small side and getting very dark in colour.

Top performer this week would have to be the T.T with some exceptional catches of silver bullets from this stunning little river.

Once again success was more eveident for anglers that are getting those flies down hard on the bottom quickly . To prove the point our own intrepid James Clarke was on the river last Friday. Turning up late as usual, to a full car park was still able to extract a good number of fish from just two pools close by after a number of anglers had gone upstream empty handed.

Not much in the way of real rain over the next few days so you will need to adapt to the conditions. Till next week tight lines to everyone.

Gary Lyttle

Weekly fishing report:  3 September 2009

Quite a tough week out on the lake this week. Mornings have been very much more productive than the afternoons. Best depths have been 80-100 feet , top lures this week are the Yellow and Black Spotted Leopard Cobra lure, followed by the Black Toby and Orange and Gold Kiwi lure.

Best areas have been Waitahanui again , Booths Farm , Acacia and Lake front areas have also been producing quite well.

Whakaipo Reef was reported as doing very well later in the week before the storms came. Reports still suggest that fish quality is still very good although size is still on the small side.

Local fly fishing has been going really well , as I write this the rivers are receding nicely from the last fresh we had and reports from the fishermen through the shop were all very positive.

The Tongaririo had a very good few days with reports of fish all through the river , the wet liners did very well on Tuesday and Wednesday catching on Red Rabbits , Purple Woollies and Black Marabou lures.

The T.T is still running very high as I write but should be dead on for Friday perhaps even into the weekend.

The Lower Hinemaiai has still been producing fresh fish this week after the rain but lots of darker Kelts will now have been washed downstream so you can expect more darker fish to show up here from now on.

The weekend ahead is forecasting a high with settled weather as I write this so take advantage of an early taste of Spring and get out and enjoy some fishing the rivers will have plenty of water and fish will have ran over the last few day.  Rotoaira Lake will also be worth a look if the weather is as good as promised over the weekend.

Until next time tight lines

Gart Lyttle

Weekly fishing report:  27 August 2009

A steadier week this week out on the lake. Some good reports from boaties that took advantage of some settled weather and ventured over the western bays last week. Waihora Bay fished quite well with reasonable numbers of fish caught once again mainly on the small side. Whakaipo Bay was also going quite well. The Reef seemed to be the place to be for the better quality fish last week.

This weekend looks hard as the weather closes in for some very strong winds. Top lures this week have again been the Black Toby, King Cobra in Orange and Gold also Baby Brown and Traffic light in the Kiwi lures.

Fly fishing locally has also been a little mixed. Rain over the last few days has spiked some of the rivers again so this weekend should be good on most local rivers. The Tongaririo still continues to do quite well with reports of fish throughout most pools . Naturals have been producing the best results during the day with eggs doing well early and late.

The T.T will be worth looking at, but you'll need to be early. The Waitahanui has been very patchy , but is still producing odd good fish with some better sized rainbows showing up around the middle pools.

The lower Hinemaiai is producing fish still but many are now darker in colour , this weekend should see some fresh fish through this section.

Countdown now as the new season gets closer. Rotoaira Lake opens Sept Ist , not looking good for the start of its season with such strong winds forecast but as soon as we get some settled weather, that's where I'll be heading!!

Until next week. Tight Lines all.

Gary Lyttle

Weekly fishing report:  06/08/09

Fishing out on the lake has been good this week for those that have braved the cold early starts. Top depths are still around the 20-30 meter mark. Top lures again this week will have to be the Black Toby , closely followed by the Spotty Gold and Traffic light. Best spots have been the local Golden Mile, Whareweka, Waitahanui, Whakaipo and Mine Bay. The reef has been producing some nice fish for those that have taken advantage of the calmer days.

The local fly fishing has once again had another fresh through the system. At last the T.T has started to fire for quite a few anglers that have reported some excellent fishing from the bridge all the way up. The fish are going through in big pockets when they are running at the moment. Tungsten Beaded Nymphs with 4 to5 mm heads are what you need to get down there with small glo bugs doing the damage.

The Waitahanui is still producing fish this week with some good reports of fish from the mouth and lower to middle pools , some good browns still being reported from the middle pools.

The Tongariro had a good week in general with reports of some good sized fresh fish through the system . The town pools were very busy and catching plenty of fish, you don't have to travel much further up stream though to find some solitude and equally good fishing.

The pick of the bunch this week is still the Hinemaiai with good numbers of fish and plenty of stories of big fish encounters and snags.

All very positive news on the whole and most would agree an improvement on last years winter runs already.

Tight Lines all

Gary Lyttle

Weekly fishing report:  30 July 2009

Good fishing out on the lake this week, in between the weather patterns, mornings once again the best time out there at the moment. Top depths are any where between 20 – 30 metres deep , you still need to change depth regularly to stay in touch with the trout .
Top lures this week will be the Fuo Orange and Gold Tazzie , the Black Toby , Black Tobies with red and green lightning strikes have also been doing well . When all else fails the good old Spotty Gold is still as good a bet as ever. Top spots will be Rotagnaia, Waitahanui , Whareweka Point and the Point at Jerusalem Bay .

The local fly fishing had another big boost with the rain last week the Tongarairo fired again with lots of fish being reported mainly through the lower and town pools, reports of more big browns caught during the mayhem.

The Waitahanui had a good fresh through and coloured up quite quickly last Friday but reports suggest that numbers were not as high as the last fresh we had, still reports of fairly consistant fishing through the middle pools. I have seen some photos of some more good Browns caught from the middle pools again this week.

The T.T had mixed reports with some people doing really well and many others struggling to find a fish despite perfect colour and conditions.

The Hinemaia is still the pick of the bunch with good numbers of fish throughout the length of the lower reaches, this river has also attracted most attention from anglers so you need to be on it early to get decent decent water to fish.
In general most anglers have been pleased with the runs, quite apparent that your timing in regard to the freshes has to be good, as the fish are running through very quickly.

Very encouraging to see and hear of so many good sized Browns showing up throughout the system at the moment. More rain forecast for the end of the week, so get out there and enjoy the runs as they happen .
Till next week
Tight Lines Gary Lyttle

  Weekly fishing report:  23 July 2009

What a difference the rain makes!! Last week saw a bonanza run of fish through most of the local rivers. Reports came flooding in even a day before the rain arrived. The Tongariro was already firing up with reports of good numbers from the bridge pool through to the middle reaches, a very good brown caught by local guide Andrew Christmas can be seen on his website other reports of good sized rainbows caught last week on the big river most anglers we spoke to have caught fish over the last few days.

The Waitahanui also fired with the rain good catches coming from the road straight through to the lower pools, some very good browns have also been caught on this river last week from the middle and lower pools with tales of huge fish hooked and lost in the snags.

The lower Hinemaiaia was probably the pick of the bunch with fish being caught throughout the length of the river probabaly because this river held its colour just a little longer than the others.

Egg patterns in size 12# and 14# , a whole mixture of combinations have worked although it seems that you need to use smaller eggs as the rivers recede and clear, also make sure you have enough weight to get down to the fish in the faster and deeper currents.

We have reports of more rain forecast for the end of this week so don't miss out as we can hopefully expect the same again.

Make sure you are up early as it will be very busy as the news spreads. I would be again heading for the T.T once it starts to recede and also the lower Hinemaiaia.

Till next week tight lines,

Gary Lyttle

Weekly fishing report: 8 July 2009

Fishing out on the lake this last week has been quite good for those that have been brave enough for the cold and wet weather that we have had , top spots have again been Waitahanui , Rotagnaia and the White Cliffs areas , Whakaipo Bay and the Taupo Golden Mile are still producing fish but a little slower in general this week .
The depth you fish at seems to be a very critical factor at the moment you really do have to take the trouble to chop and change your depths , any where between 20-35 meters seems to be the key.

Early mornings are still the best time out there at the moment the fishing definitely starts to slow as the day progresses.

Top lures are again the King Cobra in Spotty Gold and Orange and Gold , Kiwi lures in Baby Brown and Orange and Gold.

The local fly fishing continues to have its spikes and falls due to the unsettled weather in general if you can get out and about on the ebb of one of the spikes then you stand a reasonable chance of success . The runs of fish continue to be quite small as we wait for the lake levels to rise but none the less the fish have been running, I took a look over the highway bridge on the Waitahanui last Friday at lunch time and saw one huge Brown and a pod of five or six Rainbows that were all good five pound plus fish sat by the pillars, so they are there and running.

The rips have been quite good early mornings that have had cloud cover but the moon has been very bright on the clear nights and made the fishing quite hard .
Probably the most consistant river locally is still the Waitahanui with reports of some nice Browns still being caught and sightings of reasonable of fish through the middle reaches.

The Tongariro has had some small runs through again , there seems to be reports of reasonable numbers throughout the river but you do need to out early before the crowds spook the pools.   The river is still very clear and demands a back country summer type approach with fine tippets and small naturals.

The river mouth of the T.T is still producing fish at the changes of light as you can still just wade out to the lip , once again fast sink shooting heads and black or white small Boobies are the killing patterns.

Until next week tight lines everyone

Gary Lyttle

  Weekly fishing report: 2 July 2009

Not to many reports from the boaties out on the lake (Lake Taupo) this week, those that have braved the weather have found the fishing quite good.

Most important factor has been finding the correct depth to fish at , you really do have to take the trouble to chop and change through the day to find that critical depth any where between 20-35 meters seems to be the key.

Top lures last week were the King Cobras in Spotty Gold and Orange and Gold, Kiwi lures in Baby Brown and Orange and Gold, also the fluo Yellow and White lure has done well.

We have Northerlies forecast for this weekend so head for Mine Bay, Whakaipo Bay and Wharewaka, if the weather permits you should try to get round to Waitahanui, Rotagnaio and the White Cliffs.

The local fly fishing had a bit of a lift this last week but nothing really to set us on fire .
Similar to the last fresh we had small numbers of fish through most local rivers but were fairly well spread through the system.

The T.T once again was very average for most , but we had reports of some people doing quite well not to far from the car park wetlining, Black-bodied Rabbits were the pattern used on this occasion.

Tongaririo again was good for the early birds but got harder as the days went on .

One good report was from the lower Hinemaiaia with a couple of visitors doing well on the receding fresh early mornings last week.

Probably the most consistant river locally for numbers and quality is still the Waitahanui, Unreal eggs, Champagne and Fire Orange Glowies in 12# and 14# seem to be the top patterns here.

The river mouths have been equally indifferent , in saying that a group of Australians fished the mouth at Hatepe the other evening just through the change of light period and reported some very good fishing.

The T.T mouth is still the number one for the rip fishing as you can still wade out and fish the lip quite easily.

Once again med to fast sink shooting heads with various white, glow or black Boobies seem to be the key here.

Tight lines all till next week
Gary Lyttle

Weekly fishing report: 11 June 2009

The White Cliffs, Rotongaio Point, and Wharewaka Point were some of the better spots for the boaties on Lake Taupo this last week, once again early mornings were definitely the time to be out on the lake to get the best results , 80-100 feet deep , top lures this week Spotty Gold Kiwi, Baby Brown Kiwi and Orange and Gold and Traffic lights were the top performing lures.

Quite a few small fish caught this week but a reasonable number of fish in the 3-4lb bracket were also caught ...

We have fronts coming from both sides of the lake over the next few days so you will need to check the weather reports closely before making definite plans ...

If in doubt the Taupo Bay will offer some shelter and is still fishing quite well ...

The local fly fishing has been quite difficult for most as the rivers have continued to stay low and clear ...

The Tauranga Taupo has been quite good for those that have stayed on the move and prepared to put the yards in to find fish.

The Tongariro has not had many people venturing beyond the town pools this week, those that have, have had mixed results.

We are in need of some rain and as I write our prayers may have been answered as the forecast is rain over the next few days.

The Waitahanui , T.T and Tongaririo will all have fish waiting to run so get the big gear out, dust off the big indicators and get some fresh glow bugs on some new tippet and get out early to make the most of the conditions as they arrive , if we have a repeat of the last rain we had a few weeks ago it should be all on!!

Don’t forget the wetline as this can be deadly with some Black, Brown or Purple woolley buggers swung round in the current.

Take care with your wading if the water is coloured and tight lines till next week .

Gary Lyttle

Weekly fishing report: 29 April 2009

Fishing out on the lake has been a little more settled this last week with reports of reasonable numbers of fish, and once again some better fish being caught .

Top spots this week have been the Golden Mile and Waitahanui , with Whakaipo Bay once again doing quite well.

Top depth around the 35 meter mark top lures are Orange and Gold Kiwi lure, Traffic Light, Baby Brown Cobra, and a Black Cobra.

Harling has been good but you really do have to be up and out on the lake at the turn of light for some good fishing , Waitahanui ,Rotangaio and Hatepe have been the top spots this week , top flies have been Ginger Mick and STD Green Orbit a small Cobra on the point has also been doing well.

Jigging has been slower this last week with smaller fish showing up spasmodically.

Fly fishing has been mixed this week as the rain last week did not really make any impression on the levels , this week has seen more rain and as we speak rivers are rising so we should expect a few freshies to run.

The Hinemaiai and Waitahanui would be my bets locally as reports of some good sized fish from both these rivers have been coming in over the last few days.

The Tongariro will also be worth a visit for some wetlining after the rain has stopped and the rivers start to go down.

The local river mouths should start to fire up soon we have mixed reports at the moment though , you just have to be out on the right night.

Tight Lines

Gary Lyttle

  Weekly fishing report: 24 April 2009

Still a bit patchy out there on the lake this last week. Those that braved the cold front we had did reasonably well but quite a few of the trollers found the going quite tough .
Top lures are still the Spotty Gold and Traffic Light Kiwi lures and Baby Brown Cobra.
Best depths are still the 100 feet or so mark.

Golden Mile , Otutere Banks and Horotamangi Reef and Whakaipo Bay have all fished reasonably well this week.

Harling has produced some good fish this week for those that were up at first light , Waitahanui produced some good fish also White Cliffs, Rangatira Point and Whakaipo Bay have done well.

Top flies have been Darker Flies such as STD Green Orbits and Ginger Mick in the larger sizes.

Jigging continues to do very well for those that know the spots. Western Bays produced some good jigging last week over at Kawa Kawa and Waihora, locally Mine Bay and Whakaipo Point have done well.

Small flies still at around the 25 – 30 meter mark is the best depth at the moment .
Fly fishing saw a small improvement last week as a few freshies ran with that patch of rain that went through quickly

Waitahanui and Hinemaiaia had a few fresh through but not in any numbers. Reports of fish being caught now on small glowies from the deeper pools despite the low levels worth noting if fish are not responding to the nymphs.

Tongaririo has improved slightly again with an increased flow , the T.T had mixed results last week but a few nice fish came to some early risers wet lining small wooly buggers in the middle reaches last week.

The lakes continue to fish well. Rotoaira had an algae bloom last week but should clear soon. Big O has still been difficult for many with hardly any flow, but some decent fishing can still be had with for those that persist .

Tight lines, Gary Lytle

  Weekly fishing report: 16 April 2009

Patchy is the word that best describes the fishing out on the great lake this last week. The moon has had a lot to do with this, but people have been catching still and some very good fish have been caught both of quality and size despite the conditions. Best spots last week have been Waitahanui, Rotonaia and Whakaipo.

The Golden Mile and Whareweka Point have also been producing for boaties that want to stay local , but these areas have been very patchy , early mornings seem to be the best times to get out it seems to get harder as the day progresses. Top lures Orange and Gold Kiwi Lure , Traffic Light , and the small sized Spotty Gold have been doing well.

Harling has started to produce some reasonable numbers for those that are prepared to get up very early. Jigging of the local points and peninsulas has also been a bit hit and miss this week either “all on” right away or nothing at all. The local fly fishing has also been quite hard, the rivers are very low and ultra clear and with the added pressure of lots of holiday anglers the fish can be spotted quite easily but are extremely wary, most of the dry fly action is now over but reports still come in of the odd hatches locally of the passion hoppers still bringing fish to the surface also reports of the odd Mayfly hatches on the Tongariro during the heat of the day.

The lakes have continued to fish well with Kuratau and Rotoaira producing good numbers to stripped woollies on Intermediates. Otamangakau has been hard with no flow and low levels although some very good rainbows are still coming out for those that persist and are prepared to fine down for the conditions.

The river mouths should now start to fish better as we go into next week, given a favourable wind they are going to be a good prospect.

Tight lines, Gary Lyttle

  Weekly fishing report: 25 March 2009

Good numbers of fish are still being caught out there on Lake Taupo this week by the downriggers at around the 120 feet mark. Top lures this week have been the Orange and Gold and Spotty Gold , with Pink and Lemon Kiwi lure also having success. Reports from the charters suggest that they haven’t really had to travel much further than the Bay itself for good numbers . Most fish have been reported to be in very good condition.

Harling has started to perform again for quite a few anglers who are prepared to get up early for the change of light , top flies for the Harlers this week have been the Parsons Glory the Pearl Bodied Green Orbit and various smelt patterns. Areas of note this week for the harling have been Waitahanui , Acacia Bay , Mine Bay and Whakaipo Bay.

The jigging is still turning up the big numbers with plenty of action from all the usual local spots such as the Whareweka Point , Mine Bay , Horomatangi Reef and the Moari Carvings and Rangatira Point .

Top depths for the jigging have been around the 30-40 meter mark, top flies have been the Pat Swift Mini Green orbits and the Chocalate Parsons on the bottom droppers, best top dropper flies have been the small Mini Smelts and the Fluo Green Mini Smelt

Local fly fishing has been good this week with Waitahanui and the T.T still going hard on the dries, small patterns and fine tippets are required as the fish are very selective at the moment , top dry flies for these rivers have been the small Passion Hoppers in size 16# and down to !8# with early and late hatches of small mayfly coming off.
The best time for the dry fly activity has been getting later in the day now as the weather cools the afternoons on a sunny day will see the dry fly activity intensify.
The rips should start to perform now as fish start to congregate ready for running, we have very little moon this week so with a reasonable wind the local river mouths should be a good bet.

Not long now before the winter runs start so time to dust off the winter gear and stock up with bombs and eggs.

Be aware the boat ramps will be busy this weekend as the annual Taupo Fishing contest takes place on the lake , If you fancy your chances then there is still time to enter, entries must be in by Friday 27th, Good luck to all those who are participating.

Tight Lines Gary Lyttle

  Weekly fishing report: 12 March 2009

Fishing on Lake Taupo has been fairly restrictive this last week due to the weather so most of the reports have come from the Taupo Bay area, in saying that the fishing has still been very active though a lot of small fish are making up the catches.

Top depths, still the 30-35 metre marks. Top lures this week:Orange and Green Tazzie, Orange and Gold Kiwi, Orange and Gold King Cobra.

Harling has started to do well again as the water temperature starts to cool the fish bare hanging around the margins for longer, early and late are the times to be out for both of these activities.

The jigging has been mixed this week with most of the favourite spots being blown out.

This weekend we have a reasonable forecast so time to get out of the bay and get out to those favourite spots such as Rotanaia, Waitahanui, Horotamangi Reef. For the jigging give Whareweka Point, Mine Bay, Maori Carvings and Whakaipo and the Reef a visit.

The fly fishing has been mixed this week with reports that the Tongariro has been difficult for many people with the wind although reports that good browns can still be seen throughout the river.

The Tauranga-Taupo (TT) has had a few earlies through it and has still been showing the odd rising fish throughout the squalls , most fish now will start to respond to the nymph better than dries now if the weather continues to cool down at such a fast rate .

The pick of the bunch locally this week will have to the Waitahanui with fish continuing to rise through out the day regardless of the weather to very small dries .

Good browns and rainbows are getting caught on the dries to anglers that are prepared to go down 18# even 20# to match the hatch, small pale coloured slimly tied CDCs are what seems to be doing the trick you will also need to fine down tippet size to at least 4lb to get interest from these hatch-driven trout.

Rotoaira lake has fished well again this week for those prepared to brave the winds , intermediate lines with small 10# and 12# sizes, brown and dirty olive coloured lures will do the trick, fishing in between the weed beds around 2-3 meters deep.

A good forecast for this weekend. If it gets warm enough we might just see the tail end of some cicada activity , either way it’s the first weekend for some time of good weather so get there and enjoy the outdoors.

Tight lines Gary Lyttle

  Weekly fishing report: 27 February 2009

by Gary Lyttle of Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

A bit of a rough weekend last week with plenty of rain to fill the rivers and top up the lake. Most of the local fishing was wiped out for a few days, however once the winds abated and the boaties were out in force the fishing proved to be very good once again.

Top spots have been Whareweka Point, Mine Bay, Whakamoenga Point. The Western Bays have been producing very good numbers of fish but the general size over there seems to be smaller than we get locally. Top depth for the downriggers is 30-35 metres still with Lemon and White, Pink, Orange and Lime Kiwis doing the damage this week.

Jigging is still firing for most people that are on the right spots, although some have suggested they are finding fish just a bit deeper again this week down to 50 metres. All the local spots are going well, out from Acacia Bay harbour at 45 metres has been good with Rangatira Point and the Maori Carvings doing well. The drop offs at Mine Bay have also been very good and some better reports of bigger fish being caught out at Horomatangi reef this week for the jiggers.

Local fly fishing was all good until the rain arrived last weekend with the Tongariro being the pick of the bunch again. Otamangakau fired up last weekend as the channel filled with water and the locals enjoyed a bonanza of big trout at the inlet. Lakes Kuratau and Rotoaira both fished very well despite the wind and rain and managed to stay relatively clean. Expect to see some late cicada action over the next couple of weeks as the rivers come back into condition, hopefully.

The river mouths have been steady this week with Waitahanui rip doing well very early in the morning also Hatepe has been giving up some very good rainbows last week. Best flies seem to small smelt patterns such as Mallard Smelt and small green orbits on intermediate or slow sink lines.

Have fun out there,

Tight lines, Gary Lyttle

 Weekly fishing report: 19 February 2009

by Gary Lyttle of Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

Fishing out there on there on the great lake has been good again this week with the downriggers doing quite well around the Golden Mile, Whareweka, Mine Bay and Rotagnaia areas.

30-35 meters is still the key depth to be at. Spotty Gold , Lemon and White and Traffic Lights are the top lures from this week.

Jigging is still the top method at the moment , most of the known points and peninsulas are producing fish at any thing between 30-45 meters deep . Same flies working well , Mini Green Orbits on the Bottom droppers and small smelt patterns on the top droppers.

The local fly fishing this week has been very good, we had a bit of a fresh through last week that has livened every thing up , the cicadas have responded to the humid weather and are everywhere.

Good numbers of big browns can be spotted all the way up the Waitahanui at the moment and are coming up for cicadas on a regular basis there are also reports of good numbers of nicely conditioned Rainbows from the same river.

The Tongariro has been having some exceptional dry fly sport on the cicada; some will say as good as if not better than some of the back country rivers.

Big Browns are being reported all the way from the lower reaches and throughout the length of the river, reports suggest that the rainbows are putting on condition and weight very quickly and are gorging on the cicadas .

The Waipunga has also been fishing well to big dries with some nice conditioned fish reported this week.

We really do seem to enjoying a cicada bonanza this year and the fishing really is quite exceptional out there so you need to get out now and enjoy it while we have it there is nothing quite like watching big trout come from the depths to engulf a big dry .

The rip fishing at Waitahanui has also been very good this week with reports best from early morning and change of light , Some good Browns from Hatepe have been reported last week .

Tight lines, Gary Lyttle

  Weekly fishing report: 4 February 2009

by Gary Lyttle of Fly & Gun Hunting & Fishing Taupo

Fishing out on the lake this week has continued to be very good with the best fishing now coming to trolling and jigging. The best spots locally this week have been Whareweka Point, Mine Bay, Rotangaio Point, and Waitahanui also the Golden Mile out to Acacia Bay. Top lures have the Kiwi Pink lure, Lemon and Lime, Orange and Green, and the Spotty Gold. Best depths are between 30-35 metres deep.

Jigging is now really firing on all cylinders with top spots locally being, Whareweka Point, both sides of Mine Bay, Rangatira Point, and Horomatangi Reef. Best depths are between 30-45 metres deep. Top lures are Mini Jack Spratts, Black and Olive Woolly Buggers for the bottom droppers. Best top droppers are the small Jack Spratt, Mini Grey Ghost and Mini Mallard Smelt in size 10# and 12#. Good numbers of fish this last week, and once again good to hear reports from customers on better size and conditioned trout included in the catches.

Local fly fishing has been very good this last week with the advent of a very strong cicada year that seems to be gaining momentum. The Tongariro has been producing some very good Browns during the day on the cicadas along with lots of recovering Rainbows. Night fishing the river has also been producing some big Browns swinging wets down and across. The Waikato River locally has been having a dry fly bonanaza throughout the day and evening both to Mayflies and cicadas. Lots of fish in the 1-2lb bracket a great place to try if you are a beginner or want to introduce someone to fly fishing, any of the places where streams enter the river with cooler water will produce good numbers of fish.

The upper T-T has been good on the dries during the day as has the Hinemaiaia but the fish size on the Hine is usually quite small this time of year. The lakes are all on fire to the cicada with the Big “O” producing some whoppers to the big Dry. This lake has been very busy over the last few weeks so be prepared to see plenty of boats about.

A timely reminder for those planning a trip to the lakes that this weekend is the annual special licence Goose Shoot on lakes Otamangakau and Kuratau, taking place from early Saturday morning through to Sunday night.

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