trout and a few American brook char. Brown trout numbers are very low making the chance of catching the rare (in New Zealand) brook char the main draw for fishing this lake. Fish and Game have not stocked this water for at least 10 years and so it is possible that all the brown trout have now gone.
||Lake Emily is a remote lake
that is surrounded by swampy tussock land.
map with topography
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A very remote high country
lake that has high tussock banks along one shoreline and swampy
relatively flat land on the other. The lake is shallow and
most of the shoreline is accessible to the angler. The water
is gerally ruffled by wind and so sight fishing is at best
very difficult. Due to its altitude and exposure the wind
can be very cold and makes fishing very difficult at times.
||Access to Lake Emily requires
a steep 3km walk from the Hakatere - Lake Heron Road.
||This lake is fly fishing only.
No boats are allowed
||A good powerful rod and line
capable of punching through the strong winds that invariably
flies: Not a particularly good dry fly water but big
patterns or Coch-y-bondhu
styles can work when the wind is not too strong.
Bully patterns such as Kilwells,
South Island regulations
||First Saturday in November
to 30 April
||Fly fishing only
Fishing from boats is prohibited on the lake
|Size limit (cm)