Don’t let anyone tell you the fishing in Lake Taupo and its many tributaries isn’t any good.
Heading across the lake for an all nighter fishing expedition was an exciting proposition. As I packed the boat enthusiastically with dinner, a few beers and a couple of duvets, my mate organised the fly-fishing gear.
The ride across the lake was pictureque and as we turned towards the north-western bays the lake flattened out like glass.
One of the great things about fly-fishing the tributaries at night, is you can catch some big old browns (trout). Lake Taupo has two trout species, rainbow and brown, neither of which are native. The browns can get to a great size, double digits, often feeding on cicadas and large insects around the river mouths.
While the plan was to wait until dusk to fish, the mouth of the small tributary was literally bubbling with fish when we arrived. With a small silicone fly, mimicking a whitebait (or smelt as they are called) we started fishing while the sun still high in the sky.
Having knotched up seven trout within an hour we enjoyed our dinner in the serenity of the bay before gearing up, with waders and head-lights to wait for the big ones.
As the sun began to fade the momentum picks up…bang, bang,bang. One after another we hauled them in with a grand total of 20 trout.
We finished fishing at 11.30 pm and called it a night having returned all 20 trout back to their natural habitat, unscathed.
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