The Advocate 2013/10

Fishing Report

The long awaited rain has not eventuated. We have had showers but they have made no impact on river flows. There are fish in the river. Anglers are catching fish. There is a concentration of anglers at the Bridge Pool with up to 14 at a time.

My observations are that there is little spread of anglers. There are very few cars at the Red Hut car park indicating little fishing in the upper river. There seem to be few anglers in the lower river. Perhaps there are few anglers around. Those catching fish are catching fish of improved size and flesh colour. My first fish of the season was a 4.5lb (weighed) hen followed by a 2.5lb (weighed) jack,

The hen was very pleasing as I have caught few fish of this size over the last 4 years.

The long dry spell means that the river needs a fresh to clean the bottom and move a lot of the debris in the river. It will also create the runs associated with fishing the Tongariro.


The  following link is to research on Didymo published in the Nelson Mail.

The sobering paragraph in this report states

The researchers have also shown that North Island water is suitable for didymo, increasing the need for anglers and all other water users to be vigilant when moving from island to island.

It is pleasing to know that research is finding some answers to understanding didymo but as yet there is no eradication measure and little likelihood of eradication. It becomes the responsibility of all river users to keep didymo out of the North Island and out of the Tongariro river.

Exploring Future Opportunities for the Taupo Fishery: A Review of the Taupo Sports Fishery – May 2013

The document sets out the views of those interested in the fishery as to a way forward. It is now up to those interested to let the fishery managers know what is wanted and what is not. I advised in my last post that there was a period of 3 weeks for submissions to be received but this is not the case. It is a guide only to the way forward.

DOC advise that some steps are already under way. The first development is an app on the fishery. I don’t have a smart phone able to have an app so I am not in a position to comment. DOC recently made the following release

Great news, we have got the last kinks ironed out and the Taupo Trout Fishery app is now live and available for download free at the following links.

The app contains tips, tricks, spots and advice from DOC staff to help get you started trout fishing.  There is information about fly fishing and spin fishing, fishing the lakes and looking after your catch all contained in a simple to use package.

While it is designed with the beginner in mind, with all the information needed to have a go at trout fishing around Taupo, there is an additional feature to the app which would be interesting to anglers of all ages and experiences who want to brag about what they have caught, or just share a special image or moment out fishing.

Under the “Where to Fish” tab users will find a Gallery button and a few simple steps will allow them to upload an image directly to the Taupo Fishery face book page.  After being checked by our staff at DOC to ensure the content is appropriate we will upload it to our Face book page along with a short description users can post as well.

That way all the friends of the fishery will be able to see what you have been up to and share the moment!

Environmental matters

There have been two very windy events in the area in the last 4 months. The last strong wind has brought down trees across the track leading from the Bain car park to the Reed.

They are too big to be moved without cutting and it is desirable that this be done quickly. The large pines on private property at the Major Jones swing bridge have become a cause for concern in that one tree has moved to be a potential threat in another heavy wind and signage has been placed around the area warning of the danger.

The swingbridge could possibly be damaged if the tree were to fall. The matter is with DOC and the Property owner.


Yesterday contractors freed up plants that we have had planted between the Major Jones swing bridge and Te Aho reserve leading to Judges pool on the true left.

They will spray the area in a months time to further free up the planting. They observed in parts good succession of native seedlings. We are informed that the way forward is to get the plants established and that the seedlings will fill in gaps quickly. Then there is a chance for the larger species to establish themselves.

Wilding Pines

There has been a significant growth of undesirable pine seedlings.

At 1 year old they are easily pulled out.

At three years they are 2 meter high problems. Too avoid the distress and cost of further poisoning of  mature pines it is necessary that the wilding pine seedlings be dealt with when they emerge. We seek funding to deal with this ongoing problem Basal Bark poisoning is the preferred method by those dealing with weedy species.

I see no evidence of possum droppings to cause the Five Finger seed to be on the ground under most Five finger trees. It’s a hard time of the year for the birds who appreciate what the natural environment has for them.

Tongariro River Trail Upgrade

The Tongariro River Trail on the true right is being upgraded.

The Department of Corrections (DoC) is working from the Major Jones bridge back to SH1

and the Department of Conservation (DOC) is working from the Red Hut bridge north to the Birches (Major Jones) swing bridge.

The upgrade will result in a more pleasing walk or cycle ride. Experienced cyclists have voiced an opinion stating that they liked the rough terrain.

Eric Wilson