Eastern Reel Life November 2017

For many, the beginning of December defines the start of summer, and for keen trout fishers its a time when early season trips are made.

After a long period of wet weather, rivers are finally running at more normal levels, and with clarity and temperatures rising, insect and fish activity is on the rise.

Summer action on an Eastern stream.

In case you were wondering, except for June, every month between February and September 2017 received higher than average monthly rainfall in the Eastern Fish & Game Region!

The opening of some exciting upper catchments signals the start of summer locally: the Utuhina stream above Devon Street bridge (but downstream on Pukehangi Rd bridge); the Waiteti Stream upstream of Hamurana Road; the Ngongotaha above SH5; and the Mokau and upper Hopuruahine streams at Waikaremoana.

They all open on December 1 and should provide great sport. In fact, recent survey trapping on the Ngongotaha has shown solid numbers of rainbow and brown trout running the stream, with the rainbows in good condition.

The Rotorua lakes surface temperatures recently hit 17 C with good temps for trout down to at least 10m.

When spring winds ease a raft of methods will be available to fishers keen to catch a healthy rainbow.

Shallow trolling methods like harling a fly early in the morning, or fly or spin fishing a shallow drop-off with smelt patterns, are great ways to begin searching for a hungry trout.

Eastern news tippets

  •  Sections of the Utuhina, Waiteti, Ngongotaha, Mokau and Hopuruahine streams open 1 December. See above for details or click here for regulations.
  • Our children’s fishing program is complete for the 2017 season. Huge gratitude to our sponsors and volunteers; Rainbow Springs, Kilwell, and the Rotorua Anglers Association.
  • Kids were out in force and helped as we re-stocked Lake McLaren and the Ruahihi Canal near Tauranga.

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