Lake Manuwai was designed to provide irrigation water for farmers in the area and so can become quite low in late summer as water is taken during the warm dry months. Consequently it often fishes best when it is at or near capacity in the cooler winter months.
The winter months, while cooler, can also provide wonderful still days that make for great fishing conditions. Non motorised boats are legal on the lake which allows anglers access to all sections of this small water.
Nymphs: Hare and Copper, Pheasant Tail, Halfback, Caddis patterns such as the Horned Caddis, Black and Peacock, or a small San Juan Worm.
Dry flies: Flies that represent wind-blown terrestrials such as dragon flies. Daddy Long Legs and Coch-y-Bondu, Cicada patterns and Green Beetle in summer. Sam's Fancy and Damsel Fly.
Wet flies: Koura (freshwater crayfish) and bully imitation flies.
Night time: Black Phantom, Craig'sNight Time, Fuzzy Wuzzy, ScotchPoacher, Black Marabou, Hairy Dog or any black fly.
Day time: Hamill's' Killer, Mrs Simpson, Red Setter, Parson's Glory, Invicta, March Brown, Rabbit patterns, Muddler Minnow, Woolly Bugger.
Spinners: Black Toby, Veltic and mepps in green, black and red