Last Casts on Lake Otamangakau

Over the weekend my brother and I joined a few friends to fish Lake Otamangakau before it closes. In addition to a few inches of rain over the two days we got stuck into a bunch of great rainbows.

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I could have sworn this fish was going to be a brown, caught out of a foot of water. We spotted this fish's bow waves in the shallows ambushed it with a small unweighted seal's fur bugger and to our surprise ended up dragging this big rainbow into the net.

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As always it's good to hang out with the bro. And it was great to be driven around for the weekend on his new boat.

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Palmy's Greig Cousins boated a stack of big fish as usual including a brown over 7lb's. Here he show's one of the many rainbows taken for the weekend on the line of choice a fast intermediate and either an orange or black beaded woolly bugger.

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With the rivers coming into their own now and the lakes closing this was our last chance to tuck into these big rainbows. This fish came out of deeper water by letting the fast intermediate sink a little deeper again with a black bead skinny bugger.

Now after all of that rain it's time to start hitting the Tongariro and other lake Taupo tributaries. Early signs are the fishery is coming back to it's former self with plenty of fish above 2kg to be found.