Hutt River is a highly regarded water that offers a range of trout
fishing options within easy access of the capital city of New Zealand.
Fish numbers vary year to year though there are generally good numbers
of fish throughout the system.
is a brown trout fishery with fish averaging around 1 kg, although
some fish up to 3 kg are caught. A few rainbow trout migrate
from the sea into the lower reaches at times but these are very
The Hutt is the largest of the
Wellington rivers. It drains the southern Tararua ranges and
flows south through the Hutt Valley to enter Wellington harbour
near Lower Hutt.
Despite flowing through reasonably
densely populated areas for much of its length, the Hutt River
has a good population of mostly brown trout. It has a mixture
of pools, rapids and runs and offers good fishing throughout
its length, even in those areas that flow through densely
populated suburbs. Willows and other trees line much of the
banks, providing good cover for the fish during the brighter
parts of the day. The river is easily wadeable though the
stones can become very slippery during late summer.
All fishing methods work well
throughout the season. Both dry fly and nymph fishing are popular,
especially during the morning or evening. Spinning works well
throughout the day and bait fishing can also be very rewarding.
and gold Toby's in the wider lower reaches and small bladed
spinners such as Mepps
or Veltic in
the rapids and pools in the middle and upper reaches.
Most tributaries of the Hutt
River are small but provide excellent fishing for those who
enjoy using light tackle. These include the Pakuratahi River, the Mangaroa
River, the Akatarawa
River, the Whakatikei River and the Wainui River.