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Waikato fly fishing, tramping and DOC huts
Sep 29th, 2020 at 11:17am
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Hey everyone, first time poster here, so be gentle.... Grin
Not looking for anyones "special spot" but keen to get some ideas of where to head out to get some back country style fishing in the Waikato region. I moved to Auckland last year, not super familiar with the North Island - looking  to get out, have a river/stream to fish up, stay in a hut/tent for a night or 2 and fish back out.
Happy to drive and base out of Taupo/Rotorua, but keen for any ideas closer to "home" too.
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Reply #1 - Sep 29th, 2020 at 2:53pm
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Waikato region is one of the best fisheries mate, there is so much variety of water... but its all very accesible in the northern part.
If by close to Auckland you mean 1.5-2.5 hours, there is heaps of fishing but to tramp a long way you can run out of water real quick.  There are places to camp, but nothing like central NI.
Ohinemuri catchment has some great streams that go into the bush, and you can walk and fish, but you would run out of water quite soon, but still a great wilderness feel. Coromandel streams are also beautiful, and great way to spend a day.
Mt Pirongia and Pureora also offer the same, but its small water and gets low quickly the higher into bush you get.  But the northern streams are superb and hold good numbers of fish, and are a real buzz to fish.

If you want longer bush trips then the big rivers and forest parks in central are the go. 4-5 hours drive needed, but worth it.

Let us know how you get on mate.
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Reply #2 - Sep 30th, 2020 at 12:13pm
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This might be useful:
https://fishandgame.org.nz/auckland/freshwater-fishing-in-new-zealand/fishing-lo
cations-and-access/aucklandwaikato-fishing-travel-guide/
  

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Reply #3 - Oct 5th, 2020 at 4:38pm
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Thanks Nomads! Thinking I might start off with the Waitawheta up to the Hut there and see how that goes. I've fished a bit of the Ohinemuri and Waitawheta a couple of times with mixed results. But the walk up to the hut sounds like its a good one, and if I can throw a few casts in at the same time, why not!
When you say "But the northern streams are superb and hold good numbers of fish, and are a real buzz to fish" any ones in particular? Reckon I will do a few warm ups a bit closer to home then head further south. Cheers again.
  
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Reply #4 - Oct 6th, 2020 at 8:39pm
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Waitawheta can be great, but again once you hit bush, you run out of fishing water fairly soon when flows are low. you'll get a few good hours though and the bush keeps the water temp down which is a plus.
As for the rest, think link above is pretty bang on.  You've got the catchments of both Waipa and Waihou on each side of the region.  I'd look to the southern Waihou tributaries, as heaps of them are spring fed and not reliant on recent rainfall for flow.

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Reply #5 - Oct 10th, 2020 at 1:57pm
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Your a top man Nomad-always willing to share your experience. It's been fairly quiet on the boards, in fact the place seems to be uncontaminated with fishing yarns and highly unlikely angling stories.
What's going on?  Huh
  

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Mate, its weird. and sad.

I login here like a teenager, just hoping someone might be here  Grin Grin

Recent activity has truly been at at all time low for me in reality.

Howd you get on this opening Baz??

and where the hell is trout boy when you need him??

  

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Reply #7 - Oct 11th, 2020 at 9:07pm
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I spent a couple of hours on the 2/10 fishing the lower reaches of the Waioeka River, using a soft bait. Landed 2 smallish rainbows and had a couple drop off.
River was high but clearing after a bit of rain.
Knocking off work at the end of this month and plan to do a fishing trip from Gizzy to Invercargill until April or May.
All boards seem a bit quiet these days. I hope you are doing ok.
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forums definetly at an all time low, will it come back?
  
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G'day bufferzone.
Not sure. Been very quiet for a while now.
Must all be out there doing it.
  

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Reply #10 - Oct 12th, 2020 at 7:20pm
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Hi Baz. I am based in Invercargill. When you get down this way give me a call and I might be able to take you out for a trip or two. Dave
  
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Hi DaveH.
That sounds good. Should be travelling down your way in late Jan, early Feb.
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Reply #12 - Oct 13th, 2020 at 12:36pm
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Nomads wrote on Oct 11th, 2020 at 7:58pm:
Mate, its weird. and sad.

I login here like a teenager, just hoping someone might be here  Grin Grin

Recent activity has truly been at at all time low for me in reality.

Howd you get on this opening Baz??

and where the hell is trout boy when you need him??



Maybe you need to shine a big trout silhouette in the sky to summon him  Cheesy
I agree it is sad, the lack of story telling, it's vital to a tribe. But the campfire has been near outlawed too, and you shouldn't have one without the other.

In case I ever get inspired, do you know if there is there a simple-ish way to post pics here anymore? From memory that old pic-hosting site is no longer free and I forgot the login.

  
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Hi ETW.
Have a look in the resources section-and look at Alans photobucket work around.
Dunno if it works or not? Give it a shot. Smiley
  

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el_trout_whisperer wrote on Oct 13th, 2020 at 12:36pm:
Nomads wrote on Oct 11th, 2020 at 7:58pm:
Mate, its weird. and sad.

I login here like a teenager, just hoping someone might be here  Grin Grin

Recent activity has truly been at at all time low for me in reality.

Howd you get on this opening Baz??

and where the hell is trout boy when you need him??



Yeah it has gotten a little more fiddly to get images uploaded.  Some files not recognized and need re-sizing.
esp if you have hi res images.

I've a got a couple of rangitikei trip photos from just after first lock down, but the files are too big and wont upload.
Probly just as well, as they'd be in the wrong forum topic.
I stupidly took a rifle, and when the fish did not show up, I went up the hill and dropped a couple of deer.
Almost ruined my mates landing net by carrying out the back steaks in it....
Loads of fun tho.
Sorry.  Grin


Maybe you need to shine a big trout silhouette in the sky to summon him  Cheesy
I agree it is sad, the lack of story telling, it's vital to a tribe. But the campfire has been near outlawed too, and you shouldn't have one without the other.

In case I ever get inspired, do you know if there is there a simple-ish way to post pics here anymore? From memory that old pic-hosting site is no longer free and I forgot the login.


  

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