Freshwater Hawkes Bay - November 2012

Excellent start to new season

Last updated 15:29 02/11/2012

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The trout fishing season got off to a flying start with good catches from all major rivers.

All rivers in the Bay are slightly above normal, but clear and fishing well, especially in the lower reaches where trout are chasing the smelt and whitebait. The Wairoa River has been fishing very well for whitebait, with some good catches being recorded.

Lake Waikaremoana has been a bit hit or miss, with some anglers taking some good-conditioned rainbows while others have gone home empty-handed. River mouths, especially the Hopuruahine, have been the prime areas at the change of light. A few browns have been spotted cruising the edges; these fish are challenging to catch, even for skilled anglers.

A few decent rainbows have been taken stalking on the eastern banks of Kaitawa Lake, and some very large fish have been spotted below the Lake Tuai power station; these are seemingly uncatchable.

Some good fish, mainly rainbows, have been taken in the upper reaches of the Ruakituri River. Top fly was a green-bodied Woolly Bugger, or try a rough Hare and Copper or a red-bodied Pheasant Tail nymph. Another area fishing well is the gorge above the Cemetery Block - if the river is wadable, as it is only accessible from the true right bank. Another area worth a visit is to the left of the Blue Gums, around a kilometre before Stoney Flats.

The Mohaka River is fishing reasonably well, especially in the upper reaches. One angler took a 2.86kg rainbow just below the Mangatainoka, while another landed two good conditioned browns fishing below the Te Puia hut; one hit the scales at 3.24kg. Glenfalls has been relatively quiet, but three anglers found the fishing around the Horseshoe fast and furious.

The Tukituki has been fishing very well right through its length. Try from above the wildlife reserve to Rochfort Road, above Patangata up to Shag Rock, or Walker Road at the confluence of the Waipawa and the Tukituki.

On this river my choice would be a lightly-weighted Hare and Copper or a Hares Ear; in the upper reaches a Pheasant Tail is good, as is a Black Gnat dry fly.


Freshwater Hawkes Bay by Norrie Day
Ph 06 898 3228

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