I had the great opportunity to stay at Kereru lodge this week, in the secluded reaches of the Tauranga Taupo river. After a busy few weeks in the shop, a night up here with a couple of fishing buddies is just what I needed. Being my first time, I was really surprised how remote and peaceful this place feels, considering it's only 3km off the main Taupo - Turangi road.
We pretty much had the river from the lodge up to the winter limit at the rangers pool all to ourselves. Despite the very low river levels there is still lots of good fishing water, great long straights with super slow drifts and plenty of spawning fish spotted chasing each other around. There's also a few deep pools holding those larger fish that like to lurk in the depths.
Fishing was a little slow the day we arrived so we were very happy when it started to rain and hail that evening, expecting good things the next morning. Sure enough the rain gods had delivered and a good pod of fresh fish had pushed through over night. My now favorite glo bug, Chartreuse and flame, resulted in the first catch of the day as the sun was rising, then a change to naturals by about 8 am kept the fish coming.
Steve Yerex who runs the lodge is a great source of fishing info, and he regularly guides the river so is always in the know, and a great host to boot!