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Freshwater - Central North Island August

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What an outstanding winter season we are having here in Taupo. We thought last year was good but this year has been on another level again with bigger numbers, excellent quality and the size has been simply amazing. However it was a little slow to start whilst we waited for some decent prolonged rainfall but when that arrived in early July it was all go from there. The Hinemaiaia is my local river and to have that standard of world class fishing practically on our doorstep is amazing and never to be taken for granted.

The Waitahanui has had a bit of a mixed winter so far and is the only river locally that has not really fired yet.

I suspect that the “Hine” will start to peak during August but the Tauranga Taupo and Tongariro rivers are only just starting to fire up with consistent numbers.

The next decent fresh to come through will see me changing tactics and concentrating my efforts on swinging the T.T and Tongariro. Whether its traditional wetlining with sinking lines or small double handed “trout Spey” tactics with skagit heads and sink tips it doesn’t matter as for me it’s the most enjoyable and exciting way of catching spawners in the winter…the “tug is the drug” as they say.

I personally favour small trout spey outfits in the 3# - 4# spey class for this style of fishing.

Once you master the casting techniques required which with modern skagit – scandi styles casting can be a piece of cake compared to the old school full spey double taper lines of the past. These new lines make the whole casting process an absolute joy and extremely addictive…”beware”!!

As far as fish caught numbers go it might be one of the least effective methods but by far the most enjoyable. Myself and many others would probably admit that we would spend all day practicing the many spey casts that are out there and still enjoy the day.

Catching a fish becomes a bonus but boy when they hit on the swing you’re addicted!!

Quite a few spent coloured fish are to be expected as we move through the month into September. Just be aware of where you wade at this time of the year and try to avoid the obvious spawning areas. The spawning reds are quite easy to recognise so please avoid wading over them as after all these are future trout in the making.

Out on the great lake a few hardy souls have been braving winter conditions.

There have been reports of some fantastic fish being caught with the general rule to be keep on the move until you find where the fish are. Harling, trolling and downrigging are the preferred methods at this time of the year but if you prefer the piece and quiet of jigging then it can be worth a try.

So hopefully another stunning month to be had in this beautiful fishery.

If you have any interest in trout spey set up come in and talk the Gary and he will point you in the right direction.

Tight lines and may the month of August be as spectacular!!

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