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Hydro Explorer Tour

Fishing the Waikato Hydro Lakes

The Hydro Lakes hold a lot of trout, with all of them giving you the chance of a trophy trout. A shared love of fishing was the motivation for the Hydro Explorer tour—a trout fishing exploration of the Hydro Lakes

Who are the Trout Ticklers?

Most of the Trout Ticklers grew up a stone's throw from the Waikato River or Lake Karapiro—but between Lake Karapiro and Lake Taupo are 6 other Lakes that we knew very little about, even though major roads cross or run parallel to many of them.

Lake Ohakuri Trout Fishing

As the last of the typical Waikato Hydro Lakes on our list before Taupo, Lake Ohakuri was time for another overnighter. Upstream from our last excursion to Atiamuri. In typical Trout Tickler fashion Read more

Lake Atiamuri Trout Fishing

Nearly a year after our trip to Whakamaru, we were on our way to the next Lake. After some very early breakfast from Tokoroa McDonalds, we pulled into the carpark at the boat ramp for our AtiamuriRead more

Lake Whakamaru Trout Fishing

This was our second overnight mission and the next Lake after Maraetai. We arrived at the boat ramp at dusk and it started absolutely pelting down with rain. One of the boats has a really nice rainRead more

Lake Maraetai Trout Fishing

After a successful trip to Waipapa, we decided to stay the night on the boat, for the first of our overnight missions. This time we had just the one fibreglass boat and slept 4 lads in it. We didn'tRead more

Lake Waipapa Trout Fishing

The boat ramp on Waipapa is just up from the Waipapa Dam at the bottom of the Lake, with Lake Arapuni below that. The fact that there's no carpark at the boat ramp suggests it doesn't get muchRead more

Lake Arapuni Trout Fishing

After our success at Lake Karapiro, we again focussed on the faster moving water at the top of the Lake but this time we ditched the tinny's and went with a larger fibreglass boat that we could all fRead more

Lake Karapiro Trout Fishing

As Cambridge locals, we had been on Lake Karapiro many times before – house boating, wakeboarding and a few failed attempts at shoreline fishing. With a range of experience in the crew fromRead more

Need a Waikato trout fishing guide?

If you're wanting a Waikato fly fishing guide, we recommend Rob Vaz, a mad keen angler based in the Central North Island with over 20 years of guiding experience. Rob has represented New Zealand in competitive fly fishing for over 15 years and was the national champion in 2003.


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