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Fishing tips - How to 'read' water and find fish

The biggest step an angler can make in the transition from casting proficiently to regularly catching fish is understanding where the trout are likely to be - it's referred to as 'reading' water. 

Too many novice anglers fish the 'wrong' places and quickly become disillusioned... The prime focus should be locating trout rather than fishing barren water. The greatest success will be achieved in places where there is an abundant food supply, cover or deep water for shelter, and well-oxygenated water.

Find a place where all of these requirements are met will result in the angler finding trout, and hopefully catching more too.

Click on the image below to download a copy of our 'Reading the water, finding the fish' resource. If you'd like a hard copy of this brochure, please contact your local Fish & Game office.

 

If you want more info about this topic, click here for an article by Hamish Carnachan on reading water published in Issue 84 of Fish & Game NZ magazine.

There are also some excellent books on reading water - we suggest Stalking and Catching Trout by Les Hill and Graeme Marshall. 

We hope this helps you catch more fish and get greater enjoyment from your angling. Tight Lines!