The male rainbow shown above obviously was quite coloured outside, but good enough inside that he was cooked into Trout Soup Friday morning.
My previous 3 bites were missed, missed, and lost, close to the bank, and after much downstream swimming(by the fish).
Angling pressure on the Tongariro appeared very light at times on the weekend.
At 10 am Saturday, only 1 angler was fishing from the north side of the Bridge Pool, while a 2nd, not fishing at the time, reclined on the south side rocks.
Sunday mid-morning looked busier, with at least 9 anglers fishing the same water.
Riverbirches Lodge webcam
apparently has been displaying the same image, unrefreshed for weeks.
Checkout is temporarily closed at
with 480 patterns of trout flies tied on Kamasan, Mustad, and Tiemco hooks.
report by Lee Hinkleman