and rainbow trout present in reasonable numbers averaging around
||Lake Emma is situated some distance
from the road though can be easily accessed by foot or by four-wheel-drive.
map with topography
topographic maps: 1:50,000 (260
Lake Emma is situated in
a small valley with a large hill providing some shelter from
the northwesterly wind. Areas of the shoreline have water
vegetation such as bulrushes growing in the shallows and these
areas provide good nymph fishing. In the deeper sections,
a spinner or a streamer fly fished well below the surface
can be effective. As there is generally some wind blowing,
fish can be difficult to spot. When the weather is calm and
sunny however, great care needs to be taken when casting to
fish as the clear light in this are means that fly lines are
very visible to the fish.
This is a delightful little lake to fish where the angler
is unlikely to be crowded out with anyone else in the vicinity.
||A track approximately 1 1/2
kilometres long and suitable for four-wheel-drive vehicles leads
to the lake from a well signposted gate leading off the Lake
Clearwater Road. Much of the lake can be accessed by foot
||Both flyfishing and spinning
||When flyfishing it is recommended
that lines of weight six or above are used to overcome the wind
that normally blows. As this lake often requires casting into
a relatively strong wind, even heavier lines can be useful.
Spinner rods capable of casting seven to 10 g lures are best.
flies: On windy days large well hackled flies such
as Humpy, Coch-y
Bondhu and Blow
Fly with lighter smaller flies such as Dad's Favourite
in still conditions.
and Copper and Pheasant
Tails tied in darker colours
Streamer flies such as a Yellow
Killer, Green or yellow Woolly
Bugger and Mrs
||Where the small tributary enters
the lake can provide good fishing.
South Island regulations
||First Saturday in November
to 30 April
||Artificial fly, spinner.
Fishing from an unmoored boat is prohibited in the lake.
|Size limit (cm)
|| No limit