Some lovely early rainbows are showing up in the river mouths, and our senior fishing mates are finding the lunch-time bite is back.
It is normal for four or five fish to be landed in a session. With a reasonably high lake and little rain, there is not much flow at the river mouths at present, but a type-two sinking line and a couple of size 8 Olive Woolly Buggers offers your best method at present.
Waihaha and Waihora River mouths have been receiving a bit of attention before it gets too cold - a White Booby with lumo eyes on a shooting-head line at Waihaha has been a top rig, and there have been some early-season jacks to 2.5kg landed on really dark nights.
I haven't caught up with the Delta fishos recently, but all the signs are there to suggest the 'heave and leave' fishos should be doing alright.
The brown trout in the Waitahanui River have been attracting plenty of attention. There are some real battleships up there, and now they have been in the river for a while they are starting to eat again - something dark-bodied and fluffy seems to be to their liking.
The lake is still a good place to be, thanks to a mild autumn. The water temperature is keeping the smelt active and shallow, so harling is still working well, with a Grey Ghost and Pearl Green Orbit being favourites.
We are still jig fishing while waiting for some good spawning runs in the rivers, and are catching some really nice table fish around the Kawa Kawa Bay reef off Chinamens using standard smelt patterns in 35-45m. Fish are mostly a wee way away from heading up stream, however any fresh at this time of the year will send a few small pods up, and early fish are generally the bigger fish of the runs.
Something to note: while we were out there jigging, pulling up fish on Jack Sprat and Grey Ghost flies, Waimarie went past and had a double hook-up only 50m away on downriggers. They were using Hot Orange and Spotty Gold lures, so colours do not seem to be as important as getting out there amongst the extended autumn fishing.
Taupo by Steve Barry Greenstone Fishing
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