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Thanks guys for the discouragements      Bad news fish wise but saves me a lot of petrol. With the price these days it is better to wait and carry on snapper and gurnard bashing at home.   
 
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Back down there this weekend will let you know if things have improved at all!
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No pressure on you or anything eh Rich!   Will be watching your report with interest.
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I have found jigging I both rotoiti and okataina pretty hard. Only been okataina once for nothing. Rotoiti a few times and a few fish. Quite a few soft hits and no hook up. Switch to trolling and catch fish straight away but it's not really my thing. Tarawera has been far better with fish in most of the usual spots
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Anyone got out lately? I only managed one short trip earlier in the month for 1 small fish. 

Might try and get down to Rotoiti this coming weekend with the family, water temp should be improving a bit by now hopefully.

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I was there last Thursday morning Rich. Was slow going, only got two but seems the afternoon bite was much better.
Water temp as shown was surface at about 11am so a bit of day heat. I confirmed temp with a stand alone thermometer.
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Was down at Rotoiti over the weekend, managed a couple of short jigging sessions. 

Saturday avo had a quick jig down past West Bank in the gap, managed a nice 5lber. 

Sunday morning got 3 fish 3-5lb off Moose Lodge. 

Interestingly 3 of the 4 fish all took an olive wooly bugger and ignored the smelt patterns.

Surface temp was up to 20.5 in the heat of the day. 
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Just finished three days at Rotoiti.      Sat got one and lost one.   Sunday I found the fish and landed 28 as well as lost heaps more.    Monday landed 17 and would have lost at least as many through break offs and hook straighten.    Must retool with stronger gear for next trip.     Met locals at what must be a known hot spot.    All had their Mincotta on spot lock while I maintained my position over the fish in the wind with just a few paddle strokes.    I could not help noticing how pissed off some of them became when my rod arced down again and again right beside their 100k cruisers.    Luckily the fish don't care what boat is above them.    All fish took the smelt flies with no noticeable difference between white, grey or olive wings.    Some fish were over 3kg but also got quite a few smaller models.     At times the smelt were so thick that my sounder beam could not get through them to indicate the depth or the trout.    I had just hooked a string puller when it launched itself into the air like a missile and jumped clean over my head and landed broadside next to my kayak.   It was a bit stunned as it was just laying there without any movement.    I reeled in the slack line believing it was still hooked only to find the hook had come out during the  aerial display.    Next thing the fish woke up and powered down.   
 
Sorry guys but had to promise one very nice local not to post the location.     I had been tossing up whether or not to go before Christmas but now I am obviously glad I did get some smokers for the holidays.    
 
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Nice Rainbow- you did better than us.
I went down yesterday and had pleasure of fishing with Pat Swift in his boat. He had been averaging 30 fish a day prior to my trip but the overcast rainy conditions of yesterday were not good in his opinon of trout jigging conditions.
We went up to the Narrows and Pat hooked a doube pretty soon after arriving - the top one snapped off the trace but landed the middle one. We landed about 4-5 here - I lost one that lept all over the lake before throwing the hook.

At the little island in the middle got two out of a big smelt school.
At Hauparu has been working well for the bigger fish for Pat - and he landed a 6lber here but it was very slow fishing for us - I dropped another very heavy fish that didn't want to come off the bottom.

Vercoes and The hole and west bank were a bit too quiet.

All up 11 landed which is a very slow day for Pat - fished from 9am till 230pm - wrong bite times too.

No secrets here - grey ghost, ginger mick, jack spratt , lumo ghost all caught fish. Fish were in 20m at Narrows and 35m at Hauparu. Get out there and get amongst them - there are plenty of fish there for everyone to enjoy- that's what the fishery was intended for anyway. Spoke to Fish & Game too out on lake which was interesting.

We only kept 4 as that's all I wanted.
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Great reports, guys.
Fantastic fishing, Herb - you slaying them on your own smelt ties? Amazing how fickle it can be, one day to the next.

RF, at least you know if Pat wasn't catching, chances are nobody really was that day. One of these days you'll hit the mother lode, given the effort you put in. You deserve it after all those 'you should have been here yesterday' trips. Still, a day on the water and some smoked trout beats my day hobbling around the office with a post-op ankle!
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I use the flies I tie with the Synthetic Living Fibre wing and use a chartreuse glow bug yarn that shines through under the pearl Mylar.    Instead of ribbing I glue the bottom of the wing down with UV glue when I do the head and the stick on eyes.    Anything to make it quicker and easier.   Given up  on the feathers as it takes too long preparing them, tying them down and keeping them in shape after a few fish.    The fibre wing last and lasts.  
 
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Nice flies Rainbow
Interesting how your fishing can be so variable from one day to next.
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Will try out drop shotting for trout when the new kit arrives.    In the mean time needed to get some snapper for Christmas to feed the wider whanau.    Also just heard the tuna have arrived so torn three ways.    
Merry Christmas to all of you.
 
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