Big plans for an­glers

Rotorua Weekender - - News -

An­glers are mak­ing plans to catch some big wild trout as some of Ro­torua and Waikare­moana’s best known streams re-open for sum­mer.

The pop­u­lar Lake Ro­torua trib­u­taries open to­mor­row, later than other lo­cal wa­ter­ways, to pro­tect the late spawn­ing on th­ese streams.

They are the up­per sec­tions of the Ngongo­taha¯ Stream (above SH 5), the Waiteti (above Ha­mu­rana Rd) and the Utuhina (be­tween Devon Rd and Puke­hangi Rd).

Fish & Game Of­fi­cer Mark Sher­burn says th­ese streams are closed from the end of June to pro­tect the wild spawn­ing.

“The up­per sec­tions of th­ese streams have good gravel which is vi­tal for trout spawn­ing.

“Avid an­glers, typ­i­cally fly fish­ers, turn out to tar­get a mix of fish from post spawn­ing rain­bows to big brown trout on fresh runs up­stream.

“The streams are noted for good runs of browns into De­cem­ber and our mon­i­tor­ing trap on the Ngongo­taha¯ Stream has shown there are lots of browns from 2.5kg to 3kg, and some even big­ger.

“There are a few fresh run rain­bows in good con­di­tion too.”

Mark says brown trout from the Ngongo­taha¯ Stream are re­garded as some of New Zealand’s best.

The most ex­pe­ri­enced an­glers will be nymph­ing or us­ing globugs, but big tra­di­tional wet flies fished down­stream on sink­ing lines work well too.

He says an­glers who take ad­van­tage of the change of light and fish the streams in the early morn­ing or late evening usu­ally do the best.

While some ar­eas are fly fish­ing only, spin fish­ing is per­mit­ted on some streams.

Mark says an­glers are ad­vised to check their reg­u­la­tion book­lets for where they can spin fish, or phone Fish & Game on (07) 357 5501 to ask.

Fish & Game of­fi­cers will be out rang­ing at the open­ing of the streams, and in the weeks that fol­low, talking to as many an­glers as pos­si­ble, and check­ing their com­pli­ance with li­cence and other reg­u­la­tions.

“Please re­mem­ber to have your fish­ing li­cence with you,” Mark says.

At Waikare­moana, the Mo¯ kau and Hop­u­ru­ahine Streams open on De­cem­ber 1, pro­vid­ing an­glers with prospects for the sum­mer.

“Many of the fish will have left the Waikare­moana streams by De­cem­ber after spawn­ing over win­ter, but it’s likely there will still be a few present for keen an­glers to pur­sue.”

Photo / Sup­plied

Fish & Game of­fi­cer An­thony van Dorp checks a li­cence at Ngongo­taha¯ Stream.

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