The fishery contains both Brown and Rainbow trout with the latter dominating. The best features is the complex diversity of accessible water options and low angling pressure. While most of the fish are hard fighting 2-4lb rainbow trout that will test all your skills, there are some larger fish throughout the system and the odd trophy fish gets encountered every year. Do not expect any cell phone reception once you enter deep into Waioeka system. Do your planning beforehand and take personal safety precautions. Find river flow info HERE
The river system above the Tauranga bridge is open 1st October-30th June while below the Tauranga bridge is open all year.
Note: Early 2017 the area was devastated by major flooding, please remember this is a wild fishery and to practice catch and release to prioritise the sustainability of the fishery.
Winter / July
When driving through the Waioeka Gorge, utilise the great food and coffee at 'Living Water Bush Cafe'.
With very little angler pressure and prime condition fish in the system -the Waioeka River fishes excellent deep into late season.
Egg patterns or Glow bugs are very effective late season and even into the off season in the open lower reaches below Tauranga Bridge
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.
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?
Miles RushmerEastern Region Eastern Region
Cory Scott Fly Fishing
Cory ScottEastern Region Eastern Region