Lake Whakamarino (also known as Lake Tuai) is
an exceptional trophy lake where fish average 2.5 kg but frequently
producing fish over 4.5 kg with some going well over 12 kg to both
boat and shoreline anglers.
Lake Whakamarino (which means
tranquility in Maori) is a small hydro lake and like its name,
provides anglers with a great water to experience some wonderful
fishing in a very peaceful setting. Surrounded by the Te Urewera
National Park ,it is very deep and cold and has the abilty to
regularly produce large fish, some of which can go over 12kgs
or 25lbs. There is good shoreline fishing opportunities and
those with a boat can access a wide area of water (though motor
boats are not permitted).
There is good access around
the power station where many of the very large fish are caught)
and to a number of points around the lake shoreline.
This is flyfishing only. During
the day try deeply sunk nymphs and in the evenings and at night
fish a deeply sunk lure and retrieve it slowly in a jerky movement.
A 9 foot rod with a weight 6
- 7 line is ideal. Have plenty of backing as these are big fish
and they can run when hooked.
Waimarino is not noted as a dry fly lake although during the
height of summer Cicada,
can be effective, particularly in the evening when these insects
are blown onto the lake. Also think about trying a cranefly
in the height of summer.