Rotorua Fly Fishing Report - 6th March 2012

By Rene Vaz 03/06/2012

Brown Trout Paradise, that’s what I am starting to call the mouth of the Ngongotaha Stream! Now that the mouth is divided into four, there are plenty of spots for browns trout to sit and wait for food to pass by. These fish were not sitting in the cooler water of the stream flow but in the still, warmer water to the side of the multiple flows. There were at least two browns per spot and all were in water less than 40 cm deep. Most anglers have waded straight past them on their way to their perceived top fishing spot. There are few rainbows hanging around the mouth as well, though most are coming in closer after dark. The weather bomb forecast for this weekend may well bring more fish into the local stream and it is almost certainly going to drop the temperature of the lakes. Lake Rotorua has dropped in temperature, during the day, by at one degree over the past two days and drops up to five degrees overnight.

The Waiteti mouth is also producing large numbers of brown trout, most being between five and 12 pounds plus. Fishing after dark has been more successful than daytime fishing as brown trout are less easily spooked and are generally on the move, looking for food. Brown or olive woolly buggers and virtually any killer pattern fly have been successful, as well as lumo flies such as the doll fly. Few rainbows have been caught at this mouth but a bit of rain should see some of the better conditioned rainbows move into the mouth.

The Awahou mouth has fished well for some, especially after dark as the lake water temperature continues to rise. At over 20 degrees C at the 20 metre mark, fish were starting to move into the mouth in larger numbers but unfortunately that hasn’t lasted for long.

Hamurana was starting to fish more consistently but seems to have dropped over the past couple of days. Brown trout have been hanging around the mouth and are in fairly good numbers in the bay to the left. Careful stalking is required during the day but on still nights browns can be spotted with a torch and then cast to as they are not afraid of the light. Rainbows, on the other hand bolt as soon as any artificial light, including infra-red, gets anywhere near them.

Lake Ngapouri continues to produce fish, though the water temp is getting up to being unbearable for them. The bay to the right of the boat ramp is probably your best bet at the moment as there is a cool inflow to the lake there.
With the cooler evenings the evening rise has been a bit patchy around Rotorua though that shouldn’t stop you dropping a cicada imitation on the water at any time of the day or evening. Having a reasonably gusty wind helps as that often adds real cicadas to the surface of the water and gets fish to key into the added food source. Caddis and mayfly imitations are also worth trying.

Jigging on Lake Rotoiti has been fairly good for most. Those drifting and jigging have often done better than those who are anchored and jigging. Bite times as seen in the solunar tables are pretty accurate and, if followed, will increase one’s catch rate. With the lake temperature of the larger lakes not getting as high as traditional summer temperatures, coupled with a mild winter last year, there should be some awesome fish coming into spawn from mid-March onwards judging by the condition of rainbows being caught this past month.