Brown trout

Trout fishing
Fish magnificent East Cape waters for Brown and Rainbow Trout with our qualified guide David Dods.
Catch Browns and Rainbows in remote Lake Waikaremoana, Rainbows in the rugged Ruakituri river and wild browns in the wilderness Motu river.

 Rainbow Trout Lake Waikaremoana

Rainbow trout from Lake Waikaremoana

 Guide david Dods with client

Guide David with a client at Lake Waikaremoana
                                                              Captain Bert Lee E-mail: bert@charterfishing.co.nz

 Lake Waikaremoana , Sea of Rippling Waters

The Lake Waikaremoana Region offers some of the most scenic views in New Zealand. Considered one of New Zealand's best-kept secrets, the lake and its surrounds, offer many different activities - from hunting and fishing through to tramping.

Nestled in the south-eastern corner of the densely forested Te Urewera National Park the lake is the most beautiful in the North Island, but because of its remoteness, has seldom been touched by human interference. Waikaremoana is one of the most scenic and untouched places in New Zealand, from it's dense beech forests to the deep blue of the Lakes, there is something here for everyone.

The lake is open year round to fly and lure fishing, the rivers running into the lake are fly fishing only and are closed from 1st July to the 1 December.


Lake Waikaremoana

Ruakituri River
This river, which merges with the Haungoa to form the Wairoa River at the scenic Te Reinga Falls, is famous for a strain of muscular, spectacular swimmers known as the Ruakituri Rainbows. Their genes have been used in many experimental stockings in other New Zealand fishing waters. The Ruakituri River is a trout-rich environment and is one of the top fly fishing rivers in New Zealand.

Fly fishing only, open 1 Oct to 30 June.


Motu River

The Motu is the only New Zealand river protected as a wilderness area by act of parliament. The upper reaches run through lush farmland before entering dense virgin native forest to complete the 100km jorney to the Pacific Ocean. The wild Motu Brown Trout test the skill of any angler entering their domain.

Fly fishing only, open 1 Oct to 30 June.

David Dods Trout fishing guide
David is a member of the New Zealand Professional Fishing Guides Association and has been guiding trout anglers for over 15 years, He welcomes any excuse to take others into the wilderness areas he loves. Catching trophy trout for his clients is his passion.


The central North Island lakes and rivers are all within easy driving distance from our base in Gisborne.

Accommodation from budget to luxuary lodge can be aranged to suite visiting anglers.

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