The creeper is a deadly early-spring
live bait, popular for fishing in many areas including the King
Country and the Taranaki ringplain streams early in the season and
during and after freshes.
In October, anglers may be found fossicking under
rocks along the banks of mountain-fed streams, collecting creepers,
which are then often stored in the fridge. When the anglers are
ready to fish, they gently slide a small hook under the thorax behind
the creeper's head, cast it into pockets of water along bouldery
runs and riffles – and wait for the trout to take.