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Tongaririo flies for sept
Sep 18th, 2015 at 9:14am
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I'm off to the Tongariro next week and it's been many years since I last fished. I'm going to use the bombs and glow bugs but wondering what else others use at this time of the year and what the new more realistic egg flies are like.
  
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Re: Tongaririo flies for sept
Reply #1 - Sep 19th, 2015 at 8:45pm
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I'm no expert on the Tong, but I hear that its still performing.
Eggs would still be working and the new varieties (soft rubber) are all fine.  only problem is paying for them!  way cheaper to tie eggs.

I'd be taking my entire fly box.  Small naturals will be starting to work by know, as would the odd Mayfly in the evening.

Try a few of the other streams on the way down.  Hinemaia has a few fish in it still.

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Re: Tongaririo flies for sept
Reply #2 - Sep 24th, 2015 at 7:05am
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In my experience it can depend on what the river is doing. I've fished it a fair bit over the last month. Small/medium glo bugs size 12/14 at first light have still produced well when the river has been clear. Moving to a naturals once it is brighter. For naturals a good old hare and copper, green or white caddis or a prince nymph have worked well lately in size 12 or 14.  If the river has a bit of colour size 10 or 12 glo bugs.
Be aware there is recreational release of water this Saturday at 9am this can fish well as the river lifts but it might be stuffed by 1030/11am. The whole river is holding fish so they're there to be caught, I was still getting fresh run silver fish in the lower reaches last weekend as well but there are a lot of darker fish about too.
  
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