overlooks two of the most famous trout fishing pools on the Tongariro
River, the Major Jones Pool*
and the Breakfast Pool
.** Made famous in the classic 1920s writings of Zane Grey, both pools are within a very short walk of the Lodge. The whole of the Tongariro
fishery is within easy reach and other fishing rivers and streams, such as the Tauranga-Taupo, Hinemaiaia and Waitahanui
are just a short drive away. Whether you are an adept fly-fisher or a hopeful fly-caster, the Lodge provides a wonderful base for your endeavours on the water.
*Named for Maj Rhys Wykeham Jones 1863-1922, an English army veteran of Egypt and India, who fished the Tongariro from 1909. A large man for his day, Maj Jones was known to "bellow like a bull" at anyone entering his pool uninvited. He was said to land all his fish with "the subtlety of a warship weighing anchor and leaving in a hurry."
** Originally named the Nurses Pool because of its proximity to the home of the District Nurse in nearby Kokopu Street. Renamed the Breakfast Pool after the establishment of the TALTAC hostel because it usually allowed anglers to hook a fish before breakfast.
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