(April and May)
Anticipation runs high in our angling community as this change in season turns attention to our local rivers.With the first golds of an approaching autumn come the first runs of bright silver rainbows. Wading a Lake Taupo river on a clear frosty dawn while bright sunlight dances on the rivers rappids is unforgettable. Combine this with the explosive take of a freshrun rainbow trout ripping line from a screeming reel and you have the true essence of an unforgettable New Zealand fishing experience . Welcome to Taupo in autumn.
(June to September)
Fishing in NZ & our regions rivers takes on another mood over the winter months. Riverside scenes often portray bare willows on a clear frosty dawn or maybe rain swept scences with mist enveloping the pines. Waist deep in a rivers flow, wrapped up against the elements while a wild six pound rainbow leaps in defiance, stripping line from your fly reel is a truly magic experience. This is Taupo in Winter.
Spawning runs in rivers like the Tongariro reach their peak over the winter months. This internationally renowned river is both majestic and exhilarating to fly fish on any Taupo visit but if more gentle meandering trout streams are your choice then there are other smaller streams and rivers to suit. The Tauranga-Taupo River is open and easily waded while the Hinemaiaia Stream ( a favourite ) runs through a sunlite gorge. Just ten minutes from my home the spring-fed crystal clear waters of the Waitahanui have an itimate charm all of its own.
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