The Wairoa River system has a mix of angling options from peaceful lakeside wet lining to backcountry sight fishing to rod breaking brown crocodiles in tiny spring creeks. In the waters that are of wild fish, catch and release is recommended for the future generations.
Find the current upper Wairoa river flows HERE
Winter / July
If it's a larger brown you're after, try fishing the Lake McLaren creek mouths after dark. Use a floating line or slow sink-tip and a lumo black marabou and a slow retrieve. The dominant fish feed best during vampire hours!
For best results, the egg patterns MUST be fished on the bottom with plenty of weight.
If needed, use lead split shot to get a single fly down deep and keep it deep, without the risk of an extra hook (heavy nymph) snagging the bottom.
The lower Tauranga rivers and the nearby South Waikato systems and are all in prime nick, and will fish well to above tactics until they close on June 30th. Then what...? see below
Lake McLaren and Ruahihi Canal are a great little all year fisheries. Being hydro the water is always moving through it so it doesn't get too warm or cold. The fish will feed on the edges all year as a result. Camo up for careful early morning stalking for increased success. Pick sunny days with no clouds for better visibility and use polaroid glasses. You'll see more fish, before they see you! Mayfly and dragonfly patterns work well here, as well as small child imitations.
Rather than blind casting, dead slow, shoreline stalking is available for browns all day long, every day of the year. Great for honing the summer stalking skills through winter
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.
I use a Loop Opti Peak 11 foot, three weight and find it near perfect for Euro nymphing
Find your local dealer here:http://www.loopflyfishing.co.n...
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