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Lake Boaties on the great lake are now having to work a bit harder for their fish now as the water starts to cool significantly this time of the year. The fish are still there but you need to hunt a lot harder by constantly changing depths and areas. The rewards are there though in the form of some excellent sized and well-conditioned fish. Consistent depths seem to hover around that 120 foot mark but this can vary on any one day. Best lures for winter are always going to be the Spotty Gold and Traffic Lights in the cobra range along with the liquorice Tassie Devil and of course the ever-faithful Black Toby.

Remember to chop and change at this time of the year.

Fly Fishing

We are now in June and despite a desperately low lake and the lack of serious rain we have had some outstanding fishing over the past couple of weeks. Most local rivers have had some serious runs through them now.

This year because of the low lake level any water we get is running back into the lake faster than normal so the river levels are dropping quite quickly. If you are “Jonny on the spot” while a fresh is happening it has been red hot with good quality bright bars of silver pulsing through fighting like Trojans!!

The smaller rivers south of Taupo are more reliant on some sort of extra flow to get the runs going but the mighty Tongariro has no barriers for the trout and they have been running as soon as the barometer starts to drop.

A good strong westerly will also help the smaller rivers especially if it coincides with a drop in temperature. During the higher flows the wetliners will always do well around the edges.


Many anglers are now enjoying the mini trout spey style of wetlining which can be a very efficient relaxing and enjoyable way of fly fishing. For the nymphers ,eggs and the new “slushies” tied exclusively for Fly & Gun are all the go at the moment.

During the very low and clear conditions we have been experiencing natural nymphs will score over the egg patterns especially later in the day. Small style pink beaded Czech-style flies, caddis and hare and copper nymphs on size #12 or #14 will do the damage. Remember to fine down the leader and adopt a much stealthier approach when fish these low and clear conditions.

Hopefully there is more rain on the horizon and when it arrives bring it on!!

Tight lines to you all from the team at Fly & Gun.

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