Fly Fishing Close To Home

A quick fish on the Hawea river just out of town produced 2 nice fat wee rainbow trout for Louie. Hes really enjoying his fly tying and had just finished tying a couple of woolly bugger jig heads to get deep and cover some fish he had seen from a high bank over the school holidays a week earlier. Purple and black and rusty brown were the colours he’d chosen to tie them in and the both produced fish !

The river was dammed in 1958 and is under the control of Contact energy .Lake Hāwea is New Zealand’s ninth largest lake. The only flat land around the lake is at its southern end, surrounding its outflow into the Hawea river , a short tributary of the Clutha river , which it enters near the small township of Albertown . The lake offers excellent water sports and fly fishing (brown trout, rainbow trout and salmon) and the surrounding countryside has game such as Red Deer, Wild Goats, Chamois, Thar ,Quail, ducks, and Geese. The area has a fairly dry climate and can be extremely hot in the summer months.

Over the winter months the lake level fluctuates dependent on the demand for power which at times can see the Hawea river level drastically rise and fall making it tough to fish for long periods of time as access to suitable water becomes an issue.

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A stunning rainbow taken on the swing from a deep fast piece of water in the mid section of the Hawea river. So good to be out on a sunny mid-winter Afternoon fly fishing !