best time of day for trolling is generally the period between first
light and sun up. It is a good idea to start trolling the lake on the
side the sun will hit first. Then when the sun hits the water cross
over and fish the shaded side before it too is in full sunlight.
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Zealand truly is a trout anglers' paradise. We have 775 lakes that are
at least 500m in length; almost 300 rivers; and an enormous number of
small streams. Almost all contain trout which anglers are able to catch
provided they purchase a fishing license and abide by the regulations
regarding fishing season, permitted tackle and bag limits.
Trout fishing places around New Zealand.
Trout fishing means many different things to different people. For many
youngsters growing up in New Zealand trout fishing is in their blood.
They perhaps start out worm fishing; move on to spinning gear; and
later to a “proper” fly rod. You can troll for trout on a pristine
South Island mountain lake, harl a fly while rowing a kayak on one of
the Rotorua Lakes, spin fish from the shoreline or a dinghy, and cast
for giant searun brown trout at the mouth of a Canterbury braided
river. You can take trout on: brass spinners, soft plastics, natural
baits, and best of all, on a fly you tied yourself the night before!
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Zealand and we are increasing the number of pages every day!
Searun browns come into the tidal reaches chasing the huge abundance of
silveries which also arrive at this time of year. Trout caught often
disgorge silveries when lifted from the water - their stomachs packed
mitations employing the use of RTV silicon rubber sealant are possibly
the easiest of all fishing flies to create. The silicon rubber comes in
75gm tubes and is available from most leading hardware stores and
service stations. I've done a bit of messing around with this stuff and
have found the best method of making them is as follows.
Plucky was a popular casting lure sold in New Zealand from the early
1950s until the late 60s. Few examples of this great fishing catching
lure have survived down the years. Older readers as sure to remember it
well. It was however a lure that was reasonably expensive in it's day.
effectiveness of Cobra lures can be enhanced by replacing the hooks
supplied with the lure with a more attractive sprig fly. These dressed
hooks are also known as teasers. Tight Lines produce a range of dressed
single hooks under the name of Kiwi Teasers
have manufactured Cobras in Tasmania, Australia, since the 1950s.
Tillin's make three different types of trout lure" the Cobra (5cm), the
King Cobra (6cm), and the slightly larger Cobra (8cm). The later larger
lure is mostly fished as a trolling lure behind a boat.
Lake Brunner is situated on the main highway between Canterbury and
Greymouth via Arthur's Pass. It is a large lake being some 10 kms
across at its widest point. Brunner is also quiet deep (over 100 metres
in parts) and drops off rapidly around much of the shoreline. Set in
spectacular bush-covered mountains it is a scenic delight.