March 2004 Update.
Poronui Ranch, North Island, New Zealand
Monster Brown Trout
Robert Tomes with a large brown caught in February
We are still here – contrary to what you may have seen or heard, the North Island of New Zealand has not washed away!.
In fact, it has been business as usual for most districts. Although the effects of the February rain was catastrophic for the lower part of the Island and the township of Turangi, Poronui missed most of the really destructive storms and has suffered little physical damage. The high river flows of last month caused a fair amount of frustration for our guests andguides, but after a week of settled weather streams are returning to normal. Flows are high for this time of year but the fishing has been excellent – as evidenced by the photo!
The forecast is for fine weather through March and into April. In fact,April is traditionally our driest and most settled month. Where we have been faced with the problem of very low, gin-clear water in the past, the prospects for late season fishing this year are excellent. You can be assured the trout did not see too many flies through February!
Late season rates and long stay packages apply at this time of year, whichis an added incentive for those contemplating a visit. Every cloud has asilver lining, and correspondingly the fishing March/April this yearpromises to be some of the best we have seen all season.
Poronui Rainbow Trout
A Rainbow caught at Poronui last month – thanks to Chris Sheldon forthe photo!