Central North Island - Freshwater

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Hunting & Fishing Taupo - Fly & Gun

Central North Island: Freshwater
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The beginning of June started with a hiss and a roar with some good rainfall and a band of low pressure arriving that got some of the first winter runs really going.

The smaller rivers had some amazing fishing with both numbers and some cranking big silver bars being caught.

It was however very short lived with the rain stopping as quickly as it arrived and the rivers dropping and clearing very quickly.

The remainder of June has been quite slow as far as runs are concerned and those anglers that have been out getting very mixed results with reasonable numbers of good conditioned but darker fish along with the odd pod of fresh fish coming through.

Early mornings have been the best time in these conditions for the wetliner and nymphers alike.

As the sun has risen conditions have got harder throughout the day. Those that have adapted to the conditions by going much lighter with smaller indicators and natural nymphs have been successful.

The river mouths have also been a little hit and miss as they have had no fresh flow to attract the fish.

Looking forward into July.

The Tongariro has finally come down to a steady fishable level after many weeks of a very high flow.

June can always be an indifferent month for winter fishing as it’s a bit of a transient month before going into full on winter mode. As I write this we have rain and much cooler weather on the forecast so hopefully this will fire things up again. I think the first runs on the new runs will be impressive.

Our ‘winter’ which is technically July to September, traditionally sees the proper start of winter fishing, so the best is yet to come.

Being local, means I can pick and choose when and where to go according to whatever the weather throws at us, and for me during the leaner months on the rivers, I turn to lakes Kurutau and Rotoaira which can fish exceptionally well at this time of the year both in numbers and size.

The condition of some of the fish from Rotoaira has been stunning.

The last of the back country rivers and spring creeks have also thrown up some surprisingly good fishing with fish slurping Mayflies and Emergers on the sunny days. I have caught more on the dry then on the nymph so go figure.

Reports from the boaties on the lake have been mixed with those on the move harling, trolling, and downrigging picking up some spectacular fish.

There have also been reports of jig fishermen fishing as deep as 60 meters picking up some fine fish.

In summary here we go. If the weather behaves then we should be in for a fantastic month in the Taupo fishery

Karsten and myself will be at the shop to help you with any questions or gear you may need to make your trip a success.

We will have the good oil on all that’s local to share with you along with some specials for those that want to get into Spey or Euro nymph styles of fishing.

We have Spey set ups from $599.99 for rod , reel and line, Euro nymph setups from $399.99 for rod reel and line along with a vast selection of other rods, reels and lines.

Add to this a huge selection of winter clothing so there is no need to suffer the cold on the winter mornings that are just around the corner.

Look forward to seeing you in the store or on the rivers.

Tight lines from the crew at Fly and Gun Hunting and Fishing Taupo.

Contact: taupo@huntfish.co.nz

Phone: +64 7 378 4449

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