April 08, 2019 1 Comment


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The cooler weather is most welcome, making many more lowland river temperatures more suitable for fishing. The high waters we have had at the end of March should drop soon (hopefully!) and the back country rivers become fish-able again.

Good shoals of whitebait are being seen in the lower reaches of incoming lake tributaries, and there are also some good browns moving into the areas around the river mouths to feed before heading up to spawn.


I have not seen any browns “paired up:” yet, but it won’t be far away.


Expect some nice rainbows to also be feeding around the river mouths on whitebait. Target drop offs where possible, but make sure you keep safe when wading as the gravel can be loose and treacherous on the drop off.


There has been some excellent mayfly hatches with the cooler weather.


Flies to use:

Adult mayfly patterns such as Dads Favourite and Blue Dunn

Mayfly nymphs - small dark bead heads such as a black bead tungsten hare and copper - size 14, 16

Smelt patterns (whitebait) in the smaller sizes. The silicon ones work fine.


Below is a nice brown taken on a mayfly pattern this week.


Enjoy the Autumn fishing.


Craig Smith

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1 Response

Simon Carr
Simon Carr

May 02, 2019

Hi there,
Nice brown! I’m heading over there in August and was wondering about possible spots to fish on the lake, are the rivers open during winter? I fished there in 1997 saw trout, land flies near them but there were very spooky. Any info appreciated.
Thanks heaps

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