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Oraka Stream


The Oraka Stream is a popular small spring fed water that holds a medium to high population of small to medium sized fish.
Fish type Brown and rainbow trout averaging just under half a kilogram with a large population of small fish.
Situation The Oraka Stream rises in the hills south of Putaruru and flows north past Tirau to join the Waihou river just south of SH 29.

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The Oraka Stream is a small clear water that flows through well-defined banks over a shingle and mud bottom. As it is spring fed, it seldom discolours after rain. Areas of the upper reaches can be hard to fish as the banks can be quite overgrown. The section between Putaruru and Tirau however provides several kilometers of excellent accessible water.

The river is wadable though surprisingly deep in many places. There is ample bank side vegetation and consequently there is plenty of food to support a good population
of small to medium sized fish.


In the headwaters there is public access that extends approximately 10 km upstream from Putaruru. From Domain road, of SH 1, there is access for approximately 5 km upstream.

There is limited access around Tirau and so it is necessary to ask permission from the landowner's before crossing their land. See the Oraka Stream access map.

Methods The Oraka Stream is ideal water to fish with a dry fly or a nymph (and using a dry fly and nymph in tandem can be very effective). The fish also respond very well to small wee-wets and soft hackled flies fished down and across.
Recommended tackle Rods of around 9 foot capable of casting a weight five floating line with leaders of 10 to 12 feet in length (with very light tippets) are recommended.
Recommended lures

Dry flies: Sedge/ caddis patterns work well throughout the summer with beetle patterns working very well in early summer and cicada and cricket patterns from late summer to autumn.

Nymphs: Small lightly weighted nymphs in sizes 14 to 18 in patterns such as Hare and Copper, Halfback, and Pheasant Tail work well throughout the season. During the height of summer, unweighted midge patterns work well in early evening.

Wet flies: Killer, Mrs Simpson or a small soft hackled fly such as a March Brown Spider

Spinners: Very small bladed spinners such as Veltic or Mepps work well especially in red and gold

Applicable to Oraka Stream
Region Auckland/Waikato regulations
Season Oct 1-Jun
Methods Artificial fly, spinner
Bag limit 5
Size limit (cm) 30cm

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