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Aparima River Trout Fishing

The Aparima River is an medium-sized easy flowing river which fishes best in a south or west breeze. It holds a good stock of brown trout, and is suited to all methods but especially fly fishing.

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Fish type A good number of brown trout of 1-2kg in size, with the occasional fish up to 4.5 kg.
Situation The Aparima River rises in the Takitimu Mountains. Initially it flows east but changes to a southerly flow over farmland south of Mossburn, after it is joined by Hamilton Burn and Braxton Burn.
Maps

Upper reaches

Access map

Access map with topography

Middle and lower reaches

Access map

Access map with topography

LINZ topographic maps: 1:50,000 (260 series)

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F&G pamphlet Northern Southland Anglers Access
Description

This medium-sized faster stream flowis over big cobbles, especially in the headwaters.

Fish feed in the edge of fast water and at the base of ripples. The middle of the day is best for fly fishing while the mornings are best for spinning.

Access

Headwaters

Access to the headwaters is by four-wheel drive from a farm track beyond the old Dunrobin Station.

Upper reaches:

Above Jacobs Bridge there is access from the Dunrobin Valley road across private farmland.

Middle reaches:

Access to the middle reaches is from the roads which follow the banks and at the four bridges which cross the river at various points.

Lower reaches

From Gummies Bush and Thornbury bridges

Estuary

From Riverton

Recommended lures

Flies: Mayfly patterns

Spinners: Veltic, insect, and toby.

Tributaries Hamilton Burn
Regulations
Applicable to Aparima River and tributaries upstream of Hamilton Burn
Region Southland regulations
Season Trout: 1 Oct-30 Apr
Salmon: 1 Oct-31 Mar
Methods Artificial fly, spinner
Bag limit Total: 2
Salmon: 1
Size limit (cm) No limit
Regulations
Applicable to Aparima River and tributaries downstream of Hamilton Burn
Region Southland regulations
Season Trout: 1 Oct-30 Apr
Salmon: 1 Oct-31 Mar
Methods Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Bag limit Total: 2
Salmon: 1
Size limit (cm) No limit

 

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