A small tributary of the Hutt river that flows
over open farmland and fishes well early in the season when fish
often remain in the stream after spawning. It holds a reasonable
population of resident fish throughout the year and is known as
a good dry-fly water.
The Mangaroa is a small river
and a tributary of the Hutt
River. It is also a major spawning stream for the Hutt
river system and so will usually be at its best early in the
season when water flows are still good and a number of larger
fish have yet to return to the main river.
In the upper reaches the water is quite small and flows over
a rock and stone bed with plenty of bankside vegetation. The
fish population in this area is low however though there is
usually a fish or two in the deeper pools particualrly where
there is also overhanging vegetation and some faster water
flowing in at the head of the pool.
The lower reaches are very peat stained from the water that
enters the river from the Te Pango wetlands. Despite the rather
tannin stained water, this section holds the highest fish
population but due to the poor water clarity are usually difficult
to spot. Most fishing is therefore done blind. The river does
have a reputation for excellent evening rises however and
carries a reasonable population of fish throughout the season.
It is a fishery where catch and release should be always practiced
as it is small and near a major population centre.
All methods work on the Mangaroa
though many regard this as a great small stream for the dry
fly especially during warm evenings when fish will often rise
freely. It is also a good stream for using small wet flies fished
just below the surface when fish can be seen feeding as they
will usually be attracted to the more visible flies that are
fished in or just below the surface film. Nymphing is also productive
during the day.
Rods of between 4 - 5 weight
are ideal. As there can often be some wind in this are a fast
action rod such as the CD XLS series is ideal to cut through
the wind. Leaders in the more prolific lower section of the
river can be quite short (9 feet) as the stained water means
that they are less easily spooked.
(throughout the season) and caddis
patterns (from early summer). And of course the ubiquitous
Copper is always a good standby, particularly when tied
in a dark and rough pattern.
Popular patterns include Royal
(particularly parachute adams), Blue
(during the early summer) and cicada
patterns later in the summer. As the water in the lower section
can be heavily stained from the swamp it flows through, slightly
larger patterns can be more effective in the evenings.