Chal­lenge to find rain­bows in full streams

Bay of Plenty Times - - Outdoors -

Even with the foul weather ear­lier in the week, lake tem­per­a­tures con­tinue to rise, and there will be rain­bows com­ing into the stream mouths en­ter­ing Lake Ro­torua.

Based on pre­vi­ous ex­pe­ri­ence, th­ese rain­bows are likely to be in small schools of two to four fish and will be mov­ing fast.

The chal­lenge will be to find them in the ex­panse of wa­ter around the stream mouths.

They are un­likely to be in the cold wa­ter plume as yet but rather in the area where the lake and stream wa­ters meet.

A vari­a­tion on that is when there is a strong wind from vir­tu­ally any di­rec­tion as the re­sult­ing waves will add oxy­gen to the wa­ter, there­fore al­low­ing the fish there to breathe eas­ier in the warmer wa­ter.

Should the plumes be moved around by a change in the wind di­rec­tion and speed, there will be the added com­pli­ca­tion of there not be­ing a de­fined area where the two lots of wa­ter meet, so the fish will be more com­fort­able over a larger area.

Thinly tied rab­bit flies dur­ing the day are likely to en­tice fish to take, while af­ter dark the stan­dard pat­terns of craigs night time, or any fly that is likely to em­u­late the myr­iad of galaxids that in­habit the area.

The ze­bra toby has been an out­stand­ing fish catcher around Ha­mu­rana, with the ben­e­fit of be­ing able to cast into the wind far eas­ier than when cast­ing a fly on a fly rod.

The tem­per­a­ture of the wa­ter en­ter­ing the Ohau Chan­nel is al­most at the point where rain­bows will start to suf­fer from a lack of oxy­gen though the wind di­rec­tion from the sou-west through to nor-west will oxy­genate the wa­ter as the waves break.

Un­for­tu­nately too much wind will stir up the bot­tom sed­i­ments, mak­ing the wa­ter heav­ily dis­coloured at times.

When this hap­pens the area is still fish­able but across and down fish­ing will not be as ef­fec­tive as a straight re­trieval up the cur­rent line.

There are still some very good con­di­tioned rain­bows be­ing caught from around the Okere Falls Gates.

The jetty has been a lit­tle slow at times but di­rectly be­low the gates there is al­ways a fish or two to be caught while the wa­ter tem­per­a­ture is still a lit­tle lower than that com­ing through the Ohau Chan­nel.

Thank­fully the amount of rain that we had just prior to De­cem­ber 1

There are still some very good con­di­tioned rain­bows be­ing caught from around the Okere Falls Gates.

wasn’t enough to put an­glers off.

The newly opened ar­eas of the streams had some colour early in the morn­ing and all three streams flooded, the Waitete stream ris­ing at least two me­tres dur­ing one rain event, but quickly re­cov­ered.

Good num­bers of browns and rain­bows are to be had in all three streams at this time of the year. Nym­ph­ing over the weed bed at Lake Rerewhakaaitu con­tin­ues to pro­duce good num­bers of fish.

The lake tem­per­a­ture is at the up­per end of com­fort­able but is about per­fect for aquatic in­sects to hatch. Water­boat­man, damsels and drag­on­flies are hatch­ing in larger num­bers, es­pe­cially around the reeds along the shore­line.

Okere Falls.

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