and rainbow trout averaging just under half a kilogram with
a large population of small fish.
||The Oraka Stream rises in the
hills south of Putaruru and flows north past Tirau to join the
Waihou river just south of SH 29.
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Waikato Spring Creeks Trout Fishing access pamphlet
Stream is a small clear water that flows through well-defined
banks over a shingle and mud bottom. As it is spring fed,
it seldom discolours after rain. Areas of the upper reaches
can be hard to fish as the banks can be quite overgrown. The
section between Putaruru and Tirau however provides several
kilometres of excellent accessible water.
The river is wadable though surprisingly
deep in many places. There is ample bank side vegetation and
consequently there is plenty of food to support a good population
of small to medium sized fish.
headwaters there is public access that extends approximately
10 km upstream from Putaruru. From Domain road, of SH 1, there
is access for approximately 5 km upstream.
There is limited access around Tirau and
so it is necessary to ask permission from the landowner's
before crossing their land.
||The Oraka Stream is ideal water
to fish with a dry fly or a nymph (and using a dry fly and nymph
in tandem can be very effective). The fish also respond very
well to small wee-wets and soft hackled flies fished down and
||Rods of around 9 foot capable
of casting a weight five floating line with leaders of 10 to
12 feet in length (with very light tippets) are recommended.
patterns work well throughout the summer with beetle
patterns working very well in early summer and cicada
patterns from late summer to autumn.
lightly weighted nymphs in sizes 14 to 18 in patterns such
as Hare and
Tail work well throughout the season. During the height
of summer, unweighted midge patterns work well in early evening.
Simpson or a small soft hackled fly such as a March
Brown Spider or Gosling.
small bladed spinners such as Veltic
or Mepps work
well especially in red and gold
||Artificial fly, spinner
|Size limit (cm)