Top trout fishing flies for Hawkes Bay

Trout fishing flies for Hawkes Bay waters

Grumpy McMurdo General

The essential trout flies listed here are our favourite flies and should provide an excellent base for trout fishing Hawkes Bay rivers, streams and lakes.

Dry Flies

Dry flies imitate flying aquatic or terrestrial insects that float on the water’s surface.

Royal Wulff trout fly

Royal Wulff
Passes for a host of insects and catches many trout throughout the summer and autumn period

Parachute Adams trout fly

Parachute Adams
A very versatile dry fly passing well as a mayfly representation – good on dusk when insects are flighting

Parachute Adams trout fly

A beetle trout fly represents either the Green Manuka Beetle or the Brown Grass Grub Beetle.

Cicada trout fly

A great fly for summer- bring out your Cicada imitation when the cicada’s are deafening!


Nymph flies imitate aquatic insects in their immature stage prior to emerging to flight.

Hare and Copper trout fly

Hare and Copper
A very popular and effective fly, designed to represent mayfly or caddis nymphs.

Pheasant Tail trout fly

Pheasant Tail
A good representation of a mayfly, these are very important in a trout’s diet.

Prince Nymph trout fly

Prince Nymphs
Often beaded for weight – fished at the bottom of the river bed.

Caddis Nymph trout fly

Caddis Nymph
Caddis make up a large share of the trout’s diet. There are many life stage representations.

Wet Flies

Wet flies are designed to imitate fish and other aquatic insects such as mayfly nymphs.

Woolly Bu trout flygger

Woolly Bugger
Excellent on large or slow moving sections of river. Best fished deep and slow.

Rabbit trout fly

Rabbit Flies (Green/Red/Yellow)
An excellent representation of small fish such as whitebait.

March Brown trout fly

March Brown
Represents a mayfly. As with the Parachute Adams works well on dusk.

Red Setter trout fly

Red Setter
Good late season or early in spawning season.

The general principles for fly selection are universal – consider:

  • What food exists in the river? (aquatic insects)
  • What time of the year is it? (are cicadas singing/hatched)
  • What part of the river are you fishing? (runs, pools)

Once you’ve got the basic flies sorted there is then the choice of variation on the colour, size and pattern permutations. Hook sizes from 10-14 are used frequently with success.

Dry Flies don’t vary much as with wet flies which generally only vary in colour and weight.

Nymphs however, come in multiple colour variations, weights and styles, with flashbacks being a popular addition.

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