Lake Rotorua and it's tributaries cater to all styles of fly fishing. A very popular fishery for good reason... There are lots of very large fish in excess of 10lb. Both rainbows and browns can be targeted when fishing the lake, the tributaries and the intriguing Ohau Channel using different techniques. The spawning streams hold good populations of large fish, offering sight fishing tactics in tight and twisted log jammed creeks that have kept the area famous for generations.
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Winter / July
If it's a trophy brown you're after, try fishing the Lake Rotorua stream mouths after dark. Use a floating line or slow sink-tip and a lumo black marabou and a slow retrieve. These beasts feed best during vampire hours!
If it's monster rainbows that are your lure, then the Rotorua Lakes shoreline fishery is perhaps the best on the Planet throughout June, July and August.
Night time is often the best time to fish the shoreline spots at Lakes Okataina, Tarawera and Rotoiti, so whilst everyone else is watching TV, get amongst it!
The fish are trying to come in to the edge, so stay on the beach, or even back a bit, and let them come in. To wade is folly!
I use the Scientific Anglers fast sinking shooting heads and getting huge distance from the beach with them during the day too, using an oval nylon 'flatbeam' running line. It also doesn't matter what the wind is doing - you'll always get a straight retrieve!
The nearby Waihou River is only a short drive away in the South Waikato. Is a great system that fishes particularly well to European Nymphing tactics. Grab yourself a 10 foot 3 weight and give it a bash! It's a lot of fun, deadly on trout and a welcome change from standard winter nymphing.
If you've ever wanted to target a trophy Brown and Trophy rainbow in the same day then check out this link... https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1485581008132614&id=140991379258257
If looking to hire a guide for a day, it pays to invest in quality and experience. Follow recommendations from other successful anglers and don't forget that you'll learn more in one day with a quality professional guide on the water than you will in endless days on your own... Ask your potential guide this simple question during enquiry..."Are you a full-time professional?
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