Reel Life March 2024 - Auckland/Waikato

  • Auckland/Waikato
  • 21/03/2024

Reel Life March 2024 - Auckland/Waikato

There is plenty of time left to enjoy some fishing

As we move into the fall there is plenty of time left to enjoy some late-season fishing.

We have had good reports from the Mangatutu and Waikato Spring creaks.

Please remember to be prepared to measure any tagged fish you land as our tagging team has been hard at work this summer.

Ideally, we would like the tag number, length and weight of any tagged fish caught.

Don’t forget your rod on your roar trip this year.

If you are hunting deer on the North Island you are never far from a trout stream and fishing is a perfect way to occupy the middle of the day when deer are not active.

If you duck shoot in the Noth Island and want to entertain some young ones or just add another activity to your Maimai routine many of the wetlands and lakes in the Auckland/Waikato region have rudd that can easily be caught by float fishing with some corn.

Above: Awakino River, at Gribbons Road.

Ollie Bassett teaching a clinic on the Whanganui River.  

Fly fishing clinics are now available

It is very difficult to find a fly fishing instructor or class in New Zealand making it difficult to pick up the sport unless you are lucky enough to have a parent or partner willing to show you the basics.

The internet has made the process far easier with hundreds of tutorial videos now available online but not everyone enjoys online learning.  

The current New Zealand fly fishing champion Ollie Bassett is now running Euro nymphing clinics in the Auckland/Waikato Region and is offering a couple more clinics this season.  

The next clinics will be the 18th and 19th of May . For more information on the fishing clinics please visit Ollie Bassett Fly Fishing on Facebook or

Tight Lines

Adam Daniel, Auckland Waikato Fish & Game


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