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Wellington region report from Fish and Game 31 March 2017

This is our last Weekly Fishing Report for the season (though it doesn't close until April 30) and there are some great conditions lined up for the weekend!

Rivers are running a touch higher than normal but, with one or two exceptions, are largely at fishable flows and the weather is looking pretty good across most of the region this weekend. With only a little over four weeks of the main season left, it's time to grab every opportunity you can to get out and fish and this weekend looks great.

We hope you've enjoyed our reports and found them useful. Catch you again in October!

Here's the outlook:

Hutt River and tributaries

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The Hutt River is carrying a bit of colour and extra flow but should fall from today as there's no major rain in the forecast. Time to look to the smaller tribs in this catchment too - you might be well rewarded!

Kapiti Coast

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All the Kapiti Coast rivers are looking great at time of writing. With good weather conditions and plenty of fat pre-spawning trout around, this weekend it the one to get into it.  

Wairarapa

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The Ruamahanga mainstem is still coming up from a little rain in the ranges last night but should drop from this afternoon onwards. Check the flow before hitting it this weekend, otherwise the smaller tribs in both the east and west of the catchment should be seeing trout starting to move up for spawning.      

Manawatu

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Still a little high in the lower Manawatu for fishing today but that pulse of rain is clearing out at time of writing. As with the Wairarapa, the smaller tribs are clearing and should be good to go over the weekend based on the forecast at time of writing, with spawners starting to migrate upstream from the mainstem river. Find the updated flow for the Pohangina and Oroua and Mangatainoka by clicking these highlighted links.

Rangitikei

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There must have been a lot of rain in the Rangitikei headwaters because it is high and still heading up at tiem of writing. The good news is that although the Hautapu is a little high and has some colour it is fishable and will be dropping with no further rain in the forecast 'til Monday. So, it's a case of hitting tribs which should be fishing well anyway with trout starting to push up for spawning.  

Wellington region report from Fish and Game 20 March 2017

The general consensus among anglers confirms Wellington Fish & Game's observations for the season: fewer, but much larger trout around. Although the frequent freshes have kept the rivers healthy and the trout fit and happy, the weather certainly hasn't been kind to anglers.

And unfortunately we've got more rain coming in this weekend. The only upshot is that there might not be enough to blow all angling opportunities. Because the scattered rain is due to arrive tomorrow, our assessments of the angling conditions are tentative - please check the flows and weather updates before you head out.

Hutt River and tributaries

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The Hutt River looks great today. There's only scattered rain forecast so the rivers and streams in this part of the region should remain okay - tentative green tick. The light winds will aid the angler.               

Kapiti Coast

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The Otaki and Ohau rivers copped a bit of rain overnight and rose sharply before falling at time of writing. There's more scattered rain forecast, which could keep flows a little higher than normal but hopefull not at unfishable levels. Again, a tentative green light but with the caveat that you must check the flows before heading out.     

Wairarapa

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The Ruamahanga mainstem is up after last night's rain but certainly still fishable. Unlike the Hutt and Kapiti catchments, the Wairarapa is expected to get more rain so we're hesitantly giving this part of the region an orange (50:50) for the weekend in case that rain settles in cause the rivers to spike again.               

Manawatu

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The Manawatu mainstem is sitting marginally above the fishable flow level at time of writing. Only scattered rain for this part of the region so we're optimistically predicting it'll be fishable. If not, check out the major tribs - the Pohangina and Oroua and Mangatainoka.               

Rangitikei

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The Rangitikei and Hautapu are looking okay at time of writing. Scattered rain is forecast for the region, with some heavier falls in the Kaimanawa Range so it could go either way for anglers this weekend. 

Wellington region report from Fish and Game 8 March 2017

The rivers round Welliongton are fishing very well at present though some rain this weekend could spoil this.

Hutt River and tributaries

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The Hutt River is low and clear at present but watch for that heavy rain band coming through on Saturday morning. If it's short and sharp, the fresh will blow through quickly.          

Kapiti Coast

 

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Good conditions for fishing the Waikanae, Otaki and Ohau rivers today but, as above, that rain band early Saturday morning could dirty things up. An outside chance of some angling though if the weather changes - check live updates.   

Wairarapa

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Good flows in the Ruamahanga mainstem and major tributaries at present but I dare say that'll change with the heavy rain Saturday morning. Check the flows before heading out and maybe even consider the smaller waterways this side of the Tararuas which will clear faster.                 

Manawatu

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The Manawatu and its major tribs - the Pohangina and Oroua and Mangatainoka - are also looking great at the moment; they've been fishing well too! The rain is going to throw a spanner in the works on Saturday. Look to the smaller tribs if the rain doesn't come to much.             

Rangitikei

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The Rangitikei and Hautapu are fishing superbly - big chunky rainbows and browns aplenty! Shame about the rain this weekend though - it looks to be worse in this part of the region than further south so play it safe and check the flows carefully before making any plans.          

Wellington region report from Fish and Game 9 Feb 2017

Conditions are looking superb for Saturday with the weather, falling rivers and fish all set up for some excellent angling. Many of the rivers across the region are dropping back to normal flows after yet another fresh early this week, meaning the fish will be feeding hard. It's a double bonus for anglers because as well as being hungry after not feeding through the floods, a hint of colour in the water will help disguise fishing flies and leader.

The other positive is that cicadas are starting to be heard around the region too. If you hear any when on the river then slap one on the end of your line.

In other news our drift dive programme is finally underways... the continual high flows having delayed progress. Initial observations show fewer fish overall - there's been a decline in small and medium-sized trout - but more larger specimens. This bodes well for the rest of the season as these large fish pile on more weight! Get amongst them.

Hutt River and tributaries

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The Hutt River is going to be on fire tomorrow and Saturday - still a hint of a tea colour to the river today but that should flow through and make for some awesome angling. Watch the wind on Sunday - seek somewhere sheltered or get in tomorrow and the next day.   

Kapiti Coast

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Falling rivers and hungry fish is going to be the order of affairs forWaikanae, Otaki and Ohau rivers. There still a bit of water to push out of the larger Otaki catchment but all should be good to go here over the weekend, at least 'til the wind and drizzle kicks in Sunday. Otherwise awesome!    

Wairarapa

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Some really nice fish starting to show up in the Ruamahanga bigger rainbows which is a refreshing change form the plagues of smaller trout that were previously the norm. The key is to hit the river at the right flow. The mainstem is still carrying a heap of extra water but should be good to go Saturday. The other tribs are fishing well right now!      

Manawatu

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The Manawatu, Pohangina and Oroua are still clearing yesterday's rain but should be back to good fishable flows by the timethe weekend rolls around. The Mangatainoka is good to go and should be fishing very well from tomorrow onwards.         

Rangitikei

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Clearly there was some rain in the northern part of our region last night because the Rangitikei and Hautapu are both still heading up. At time of writing we've got fishable flows but whether that remains the case depends on how much more water neds to flush through the catchment. A tentative orange light for the weekend but check the flows regularly, if there's only been a little rain it should flush through fast.       

 

Wellington region report from Fish and Game 26 Jan 2017

At last we've got a decent weather window - the longest string of sunny weather we've had all 'summer', if you can call it that. Most parts of the Wellington region have blessed relief from the horizontal rain with sunny skies through to Tuesday!

Most of the main rivers are still running high after the latest front on Wednesday, but they are all falling quickly. This will trigger vigorous feeding activity amongst trout so everything - weather, flows, fish - is perfectly aligned for some great action on our rivers this weekend. Hopefully this change in weather signals the start of the summer that hasn't yet arrived.

For all the wind and rain though, the rivers are in excellent condition as far as flows go at this time of year, and this will certainly benefit trout health. Many anglers have got some catch-up to do so make the most of this fine weekend.       

Hutt River and tributaries

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The Hutt River is high but dropping flow and colour quickly. Another 12-24 hours and this fishery should be running hot. It's been the pick of the lower part of our region so far this season - turning on some excellent fishing for those in the know! 

Kapiti Coast

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The Waikanae is returning quickly to 'normal' flows and should be good to go tomorrow for those anglers lucky enough not to be working on Friday. Otherwise, both the Otaki and Ohau are taking a little longer to clear yesterday's fresh - should be well set up for excellent angling from Saturday onwards.    

Wairarapa

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The Ruamhanga River and all the tribs are rapidly clearing the rain that fell on the ranges and foothills last night. The mainstem may take a little longer to clear though - so if you're looking to fish tomorrow target the tribs, including the eastern feeder streams. The weekend should have seen most of the colour drop out of the catchment. (Please read the important note about Ruamahanga access in the previous posts).     

Manawatu

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The Manawatu River still has plenty of flow to drop before it's fishable in the main section (may be an outside chance to Saturday), but the upper catchment along with the Pohangina should be good to go from later Saturday. The Oroua and Mangatainoka will be fishable tomorrow.       

Rangitikei

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The Rangitikei River and Hautapu are dropping fast and will be fishing by tomorrow, if not already going by the live flows gauges.           

 

Wellington region report from Fish and Game 16 Dec 2016

The rain in the hills is likely to blow the fishing for today and Friday but we're going to optimistically predict there will be some clear and clearing water over the weekend. A good dose of rain is forecast for the Tararuas and northern ranges this afternoon, but thereafter the weather is looking fine, albeit a tad breezy.

It will take some time to flush this rain through, but based on previous experience if the forecast volume is accurate then the rivers should be clearing by Saturday morning. If they've got the right amount of colour early in the weekend, the fishing should be great. So, watch the flows carefully before heading out, pick your spot, and you'll get into some good trout! 

Hutt River and tributaries

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The Hutt River will certainly come up this afternoon and likely be out tomorrow given the forecast rain. However, it could be an outside chance on Saturday - if it is running tea-coloured it'll be awesome fishing. Otherwise, the tribs might well be fishable.                             

Kapiti Coast

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The Waikanae, Otaki and Ohau are all clear at time of writing but like the Hutt they're going to be hit be a burst of heavy rain in the headwaters this afternoon. The Otaki, being the larger of the three is most likely to be affected over the weekend - we'll pick the Ohau and Waikanae to be okay but pelase check the flows before leaving home.    

Wairarapa

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The Ruamhanga River is likely to be out until at least late Saturday or Sunday depending on how long this afternoon's rain takes to flush through. The Western tribs - WaiohineWaingawa and Tauherenikau - are going to be up and dirty until at least late tomorrow, possibly clearing Saturday. Check the flows, and don't discount the eastern Ruamahanga tribs for a good fish early season if they've cleared.

Ruamhanga access at Gliding Club (Greytown) - please note that work is being done by the council on the Pah Road access point. Anglers are being directed to the Tilsen Road access. This is across the farmland currently under lease so please respect his wishes that anglers:
 - Leave the gates across the access road closed (they won't be locked).
 - Contact him first before access (his number is on a sign on the gates) to let him know 

Manawatu

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The Manawatu River is looking good at present but Horizons is forecasting it to come up to unfishable flows from this afternoon. Given this is a large river with an extensive catchment, it will take some time to clear. The upper reaches might be worth a shot on Sunday, otherwise look to the Pohangina and Oroua over the weekend as they'll clear their excess water faster. The Mangatainoka is on the way up following heavy rain already and more is expected this afternoon - an outside chance for Saturday, if not Sunday.    

Rangitikei

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The Rangitikei River is just above fishable flows at the moment and we're afraid that's about as good as it'll get for a few days with the forecast for more rain. Friday through Sunday are looking fine and sunny but there's going to be a fair bit of water to clear - look to the 'secret' smaller tribs over the weekend.          

Wellington region report from Fish and Game 8 Dec 2016

The weather would suggest spring has crept into summer but don't despair - there are some windows of angling opportunity and, with the first drift dives under our belt, we can report some very large fish are around. There's a bit of everything on the cards this weekend as far as the conditions go: wind, rain and clear sunny skies. This is going to make predictions a bit tough but, given most of the precipitation is expected to be just "scattered rain", we're optimistic the rivers will be clear enough. 

As noted, our drift dives are under way for the season, the first being conducted on the Kapiti Coast. Initially it looks like the big flood events in spring may have impacted fish numbers, with fewer smaller fish. However, some very large browns have been observed - more bigger fish than we'd normally observe.

This would make sense in that the larger specimens can withstand the higher flows better, and it also backs our earlier predictions about more large trout likely to be around because of the big runs of baitfish in the lower catchments.Keep an eye on the weather this weekend, pick your spot, and go find some of these behemouths!            

Early summer lowland angling in the Wellington Fish & Game region (Credit: Andrew Harding).

Hutt River and tributaries

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The Hutt River is carrying spring flow but is clear and fishable. There will still be fish in the tribs too so these could be worth a look over the weekend ahead of flows dropping in summer and trout drifting back into the mainstem. A little rain - some heavy - is predicted to fall in the Tararuas tonight and agaoin on Saturday evening but it doesn't look sustained. Just keep an eye on things before deciding on where to go.                             

Kapiti Coast

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The Waikanae, Otaki and Ohau have extra flow but are clear and looking great at time of writing. As with the Hutt catchment, keep a close eye on what the rain does to flows but we're picking that any likely impact will just be a brief spike, if at all. Check before you go though.   

Wairarapa

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The Ruamhanga River and all the tribs are just looking stunning at time of writing. There's going to be a bit of wind around but if you pick your spot strategically you'll get into some exceptional angling in Wairarapa.

Ruamahanga access:

Ruamhanga access at Gliding Club (Greytown) - please note that work is being done by the council on the Pah Road access point. Anglers are being directed to the Tilsen Road access. This is across the farmland currently under lease so please respect his wishes that anglers:
 - Leave the gates across the access road closed (they won't be locked).
 - Contact him first before access (his number is on a sign on the gates) to let him know 

Manawatu

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The Manawatu River, Pohangina and Oroua are all at very good fishable flows, as is the Mangatainoka. Keep an eye on what the intermittent rain does, but at this stage we're pick good fishing through this part oif the region.    

Rangitikei

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The Rangitikei River and Hautapu are back at good fishable flows after copping quite a lot of rain over spring. The rivers in the north of the Wellington Fish & Game region are greeen light for go at time of writing. The only caveat is, like the rest of the region, it's hard to predict what the forecast scattered rain will do to flows. Check before you head out on the water. 

Wellington region report from Fish and Game 24 Nov 2016

Fisheries are remarkably resilient in the face of adverse weather events - indeed, the lower North Island trout seem to have escaped from the recent significant floods largley unscathed. Good numbers of trout have been seen this week in the Hutt and Wairarapa catchments. We havn't had a chance to investigate the Kapiti side but reports suggest rivers coped relatively well.

The great news is that there are plenty of trout about actively feeding after a period of inactivity (survival) because of the the high water, and the rivers look superb after a good flush and increase to the base flows. 

There's a little more rain forecast for tomorrow but then just showers to contend with over the weekend. Because of the extra flows already in some of the larger rivers the rain tomorrow might stir things up again, but the smaller tribs should be okay. Just check the rainfall and riverflows carefully before heading out - there will be some fishable water though.

Hutt River and tributaries

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The Hutt River is returning to normal fishable flows after the big flood last week. The good news is observations suggest the trout survived relatively well; not so great is that more rain in the hills could bring the river up again tomorrow (but nowhere to the extent seen last week). Get into the mainstem Hutt today if you can, otherwise check the flows carefully because some of the tribs might be fishable over the weekend - we'll give them a tentative green light.                       

Kapiti Coast

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The Waikanae is looking good with just a touch extra flow and clearing, however the Otaki and Ohau are still carrying plenty of extra water and have some way to go before returning to normal fishable flows. With more rain forecast in the headwaters tomorrow this could spike the flows again so watch the weather carefully and strategise accordingly.

Wairarapa

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All the Wairarapa Rivers are looking stunning at present - carrying a bit of excess spring flow but clear and cold and the trout are loving the conditions and feeding very actively, even on the surface! Brown Beetle hatches have been prolific on the warm still evenings lately and the first Green Beetles are also starting to appear. Some rain in the Tararuas tomorrow could mix things up in terms of river flows so please check carefully before heading out but at this stage it's green light for all go.

Manawatu

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The Manawatu River in town looked good yesterday, with a hint of colour and ideal for spinning. It will have dropped further today and should be on fire if you can sneak out between now and the forecast rain later tomorrow. The Pohangina and Oroua are also dropping and looking good. We'll give the rivers a tentative green but check the flows before you go in case that rain tomorrow brings them up too much.  

Rangitikei

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The flow gauges are playing up this morning but at last look the Rangitikei River and tribs were dropping to near normal fishable levels and should be good to go later today or tomorrow. Again, be aware that rain is forecast for later tomorrow. It might not take too much to bring the rivers up again so check the live flows and weather before making a lengthy trip up to this part of the region.  

Wellington region report from Fish and Game 17 Nov 2016

The weather is looking okay for the weekend but obviously its the amount of rain that has fallen early in the week that's the issue - accordingly, anglers will have to pick their spots carefully to find fishable water. The massive deluge at the start of the week caused severe flooding in numerous catchments, including the Hutt and the rivers flowing from the western Tararuas.

On observation though, the eastern and western Wairarapa rivers have recovered pretty quickly. Even the Hutt tribs weren't as badly affected as one might have expected having seen the volume of water flowing down the mainstem. At time of writing all rivers are still well high, but those in the southern half of the region are dropping. The Manawatu is flooded and on the rise, as is the Rangitikei.

So, the good news is there's an outside chance of some angling, and those who do there homework - check the flows and rainfall - could find some hungry fish about in the southern part of the region. 

Hutt River and tributaries

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The Hutt River is still running high but the tribs are clearing excess flow quickly. With little rain forecast at time of writing, anglers could find some fish sheltering in the smaller waterways.                      

Kapiti Coast

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The Waikanae, Otaki and Ohau are still all very high but dropping flow quickly. Some of the smaller rivers and streams might be fishable in the weekend - check the flows carefully. Certainly it'll be a case of targeting the small water for those keen to get out.

Wairarapa

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It seems like the Wairarapa rivers didn't cop as much rain as the others did early in the week. However, flows are still high for western Wairarapa waterways. There's a chance the smaller tribs could be at fishable flows but at this stage the eastern rivers - Taueru and Kopuaranga - look like the go.

Ruamahanga access: Ruamhanga access at Gliding Club (Greytown) - please note that work is being done by the council on the Pah Road access point. Anglers are being directed to the Tilsen Road access. This is across the farmland currently under lease so please respect his wishes that anglers:
 - Leave the gates across the access road closed (they won't be locked).
 - Contact him first before access (his number is on a sign on the gates) to let him know 

Manawatu

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The Manawatu River is up and rising. The Pohangina and Oroua appear to have peaked but still have plenty of water to clear before they become fishable. Scout around for some smaller tribs or try spnning as a high water option.

Rangitikei

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The Rangitikei River is on the up after recent rain. Tribs look high and rising too so it might be a weekend for tying flies for those who don't want to travel south for fishable rivers. 

Wellington region report from Fish and Game 10 Nov 2016
There was no report this week due to weather and the earthquakes
Wellington region report from Fish and Game 3 Nov 2016

Most rivers throughout the region are looking pretty good and the weather is going to play its part at least until Sunday. There might be a bit of wind around but otherwise Friday and Saturday should provide great opportunities for getting out on the water.

Despite the spring conditions, which have been typically unsettled with a bit of wind and rain around, the temperatures are on the rise and this has got the insects moving and, subsequently, the trout feeding. 

The Hutt has been fishing very well with a slight tea colour after rain in the hills helping anglers beat the wily browns. Similarly good reports are coming in from Wairarapa and further north where the Rangitikei has been fishing well when the flows have been right.

So, leave the lawns for another week and get into the action. 

Hutt River and tributaries

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The Hutt River and tributaries have been carrying a bit of tea colour but they fish very well when in this state. The mainstem is returning to normal spring flow but best get in ahed of the rain on Sunday.                     

Kapiti Coast

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The Waikanae, Otaki and Ohau have had a bit of rain through but are all dropping quickly at time of writing and should be firing from this evening ownards, through to Sunday when more rain arrives.

Wairarapa

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All Wairarapa rivers flowing from the Tararuas are up but fishable at time of writing. Tomorrow and Saturday are looking good with falling flows and fine weather.

(Note: Ruamhanga access at Gliding Club (Greytown) - please note that work is being done by the council on the Pah Road access point. Anglers are being directed to the Tilsen Road access. This is across the farmland currently under lease so please respect his wishes that anglers:
 - Leave the gates across the access road closed (they won't be locked).
 - Contact him first before access (his number is on a sign on the gates) to let him know.

Manawatu

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The Manawatu River is up but currently fishable and falling. Provided there isn;t any more rain it should be a great bet for tomorrow and Saturday. Some of the tribs are also starting to turn the action on when flows have been conducive. 

Rangitikei

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The Rangitikei River is up a bit but still okay; the only concern is that it appears to be still marginally on the rise. Watch the flow closely before heading out but the tribs should be good and have certainly fished exceptionally well lately.

Wellington region report from Fish and Game 13 Oct 2016

Spring is playing its usual game with another mixed bag of weather heading our way - The good news is the weekend should largely be fine, and there are some great fish around. Rain is forecast for tomorrow before turning to showers Saturday and then fining up, but the volume forecast doesn't appear to be as much as that which brought rivers up and dirty last weekend.

So we are going to  be optimistic with our predictions this week, but will hedge that by saying make sure you check the latest info before heading out - that's why we go to lengths to provide all the relevant links you should need. On the upside, there are some really good, big fish around and those who have fished smart, by picking the smallers streams that drop flow faster, are getting some great action. And a standout has been how many browns, certainly in the lower half of the Wellington Fish & Game region, are prepared to rise to dries at this time of year! This is oustanding action for October and bodes really well for the warmer months ahead.

Hutt River and tributaries

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The Hutt River and tributaries are looking really good at time of writing with extra spring flow but still running clear. A little rain is forecast for the hills tomorrow, then turns to showers. At this stage we're going to pick it will push through and make fishing a goer for the weekend. Fingers crossed, and check the conditions first before embarking.                  

Kapiti Coast

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All rivers on the Kapiti side - Waikanae, Otaki and Ohau- are carrying extra flow from rain in the hills but are fast returning to normal. With the rain tomorrow this could bring them up again but by how much is anyone's guess. Check the flows carefully before heading out on Saturday. Otherwise, the weather conditions should be great. Also some good reports of big rainbows in the Otaki below the state highway bridge - these will take a swung streamer even if the river is a little discoloured. 

Wairarapa

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The Ruamahanga and major western tributaries - WaiohineTauherenika and Waingawa - look great today. They should be good to go over the weekend but if you find that rain has discoloured the bigger rivers it's still well worth poking your nose up some of the smaller streams. (Please read the important note about Ruamahanga access in the 'Noticeboard' below).     

Manawatu

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The Manawatu River mainstem is up a tad but for the first time in a long time looks to be dropping back to a fishable flow. Rain is going to hit the upper catchment so check the conditions before hitting the water and, as above, don't discount the smaller streams if you find the bigger water too high. (A reminder from the farmer on Bells Road, at Access Point 4 for the Mangatainoka River - check in with the sharemilker in the house on Bells Road before fishing). 

Rangitikei

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The Rangitikei River is up after heavy rain in the headwaters last weekend, but it is dropping fast. With the rain coming through again tomorrow, though, it's likely to be a marginal prospect for the weekend but feeder streams with smaller catchments will be a good bet and likely to still be holding good numbers of fish.     

Tip of the week

DRY FLY FISHING IN SPRING?

Most anglers associate dry fly fishing with balmy summer evenings and trout snouts breaking the mirror calm surface to suck in insects caught in the film. But believe it or not, you will find plenty of good browns happy to rise to mayflies, blowflies and even large terrestrials at this time of year.


Spider imitations are great any time of year but particularly in spring when high flows dislodge the naturals (Credit: Hamish Carnachan)

Just have a look at what's happening around you when you're on the water.

Plenty of good mayfly hatches take flight throughout the day. They might not be as prolific as the summer months, but the observant angler will notice them lifting off early season and be able to take full advantage because the fish switch very quickly into feeding mode when the mayflies emerge.

Ditto with caddis - when conditions are right you'll get an evening hatch.

As the weather warms through spring, the ubiquitous blowflys (often called blue bottles in the backcountry) emerge frm hibernation. If you're camping in the hills, you'll notice them buzz around your campsite. Any imitation remotely similar in size and shape will take trout in spring, provided there are naturals on the wing.

And then there are the large terrestrials washed out by rain and high flows at this time of year - most notably, in our part of the world, water spiders. Always have some of these patterns in your arsenal. Trout will move many metres for them, even moreso than cicadas.       

Although not stricly 'dry fly' fishing, creepers (a.k.a. toe biters) are also dislodged by high flows and although trout look like they're rising when feeding on them, the creepers are actualy suspended just under the surface. Trout will dial in on these large protein packs too as, like terrestrials, they help the fish put on conditon quickly which is their primary focus at this time of year after the arduous spawing period.  

So there you go - Wellington Fish & Game region anglers are probably blessed with the earliest 'dry fly' action in the country. Make sure you capitalise on it when it happens.   

By Wellington Fish & Game officer Hamish Carnachan.

Wellington region report from Fish and Game 31 March 2016

A month to go before the main season ends! Although the weather isn't too flash it shouldn't be enough to stop keen anglers getting amongst some great fish that are currently around. Quite a lot of rain is expected west of the main divide but forecasts at this point suggest little spill-over into the eastern catchment.

The nature of the approaching weather system makes things rather tricky to predict but we're an optimistic bunch at Wellington Fish & Game so, at time of writing, we're picking a select few rivers could still be fishable over the weekend. However, as with any forecasting, we suggest you always look at the latest info before heading out (Please don't grizzle to us later if you haven't checked the latest updates like we always advise!)   

This will be our last Weekly Report for the season. We hope you've had a great one and found the information and tips provided useful. Catch you next time.    There's no doubt Wellington Fish & Game presides over some outstanding fishing - this video reasserts that fact.

Hutt River and tributaries

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The Hutt River and Akatarawa River are low and clear at time of writing but the main weather system is set to arrive Friday evening with rain continuing through most of Saturday. Less than ideal. However, check out the shorter catchments which might not recieve so much rain, or consider heading over the hill to Wairarapa where the rivers should fare better. Check the latest weather and flow updates.                                           

Kapiti Coast

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The WaikanaeOtaki and Ohau are all looking perfect - for now. Expect that change significantly as the rain from the west washes through Friday evening and Saturday. An outside chance for fishing the Waikanane otherwise a wash out for the Coast we're afraid.  

Wairarapa

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The forecast look like worst of the rain will fall in the west, possibly leaving the eastern Taraua Rivers okay over the weekend. The RuamahangaWaiohine and Waingawa rivers are looking low and clear at time of writing - please make sure you use the links we've provided for live updates before making an great journey to this part of the region though. And remember that these rivers can rise quickly even when there is no evident rain around.              

Manawatu

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The Manawatu, Pohangina and Oroua have all dropped significantly after last weekend's rain. However, that is likely to be short lived with the approching system likely to dump a solid amount of rain ealy in the weekend. A chance to fish the rivers and smaller stream well east, otherwise use the wet weekend to tie some flies.        

Rangitikei

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A similar scenario in the northern part of the region too we're afraid with rivers dropping only to head up again when the rain arrives Friday night. Unless you know a secret spring creek that won't be affected by the forecast moderate rain, it could be a tough weekend for the fly angler. A long shot chance for the spin angler in coloured water perhaps.    

Wellington region report from Fish and Game 24 March 2016

A largely fine Easter weekend is on the cards for most of the region but the rain today and this afternoon could make picking a fishing spot tricky. Plenty of rain has already fallen in the lower part of the region and that is expected to hit further north later today. The rainfall we've recieved is certainly enough to make the rivers colour up and rise - How quickly they will clear and become fishable is the proverbial $64 million question.

If the weather forecast remains true (and please remember we aren't to blame when forecasts invariably change), then we'd expect some good fishing in clean or clearing rivers from Sunday, possibly sooner in the smaller catchments which clear faster. So, as always, check the flows before you go. No matter how clearly we try to spell this out, some anglers still miss the point and then chastise us for getting it wrong. But if you use the links and tips we provide, then there's no excuse to get caught short.

Happy Easter angling. You'll do well if you pick you spot carefully.   

Hutt River and tributaries

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The Hutt River and Akatarawa River are up slightly however they are hardly registering the rain that has fallen in the ranges yet. This makes it tough to pick how heavily affected the river conditions are going to be. Some heavy rain has fallen in the Tararuas but nothing near warning levels so we'd suggest that, at time of writing, the rivers in the Hutt catchment could optimistically be fishable from tomorrow. Be sure to check the live flow links we've provided before heading out though.                                            

Kapiti Coast

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A lot of rain has fallen on the Kapiti Coast and well back in the hills too. The OtakiOhau and Waikanae are all heading up quickly and there's likely plenty more water to clear. Keep checking the flow links - you might be lucky and get some fishing late Saturday if the front pushes though and clears as quickly as expected.

Wairarapa

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The RuamahangaWaiohine and Waingawa rivers hardly registering the rainfall we've had this morning but that isn't unusual - it can take four hours for it to get to the plains from the hills. And a lot of rain has fallen in the ranges, in excess of 40mm. This will certainly get the flows up. More rain/showers forecast for tomorrow might delay how quickly the waterways clear so hit the links to check the flows yourself before heading out for a fish.              

Manawatu

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The ManawatuPohangina and Oroua have barely had a chance to clear last weekends rain and they're heading up again. The worst of the rain has gone through though so it should give the rivers - certainly the smaller Manawatu tribs - plenty of time to clear and be fishable for the start of the weekend proper.      

Rangitikei

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A lot of rain has fallen in the high country and subsequently the Rangitikei and tribs are rising rapidly at time of writing. Because of the size of the catchment the mainstem is likely to be out for some days. However, although some of the smaller feeder streams rose rapidly after a similar weather system at the end of last week, they cleared within 12 hours of the rain passing through. The same should apply this long weekend.   

Wellington region report from Fish and Game 17 March 2016

The drought has broken. While not the best timing for anglers the rivers and fish will certainly appreciate the revitalising flow after months of dry in some parts of our region. And the good news is, the fresh we received last night looks set to flow through in time for some great fishing in the weekend. With the break in the weather and the shortening of the days, trout in all our river systems will be looking to put on weight and condition as fast as possible ahead of spawning. This makes it an excellent time to get out on the water and get into some fish that will be less cautious as the spawning drive takes hold. 

There's only about six weeks left in the main season so get into while you can!  

Angler

An angler linning up on a willow grubbing trout (Credit: Hamish Carnachan). 

Hutt River and tributaries

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The Hutt River and Akatarawa River are up and carrying quite some flow - about 6cumecs for the Hutt - but appear to have peaked and, at time of writing, are starting to drop. Might still have a bit of colour this weekend but if flows are okay the weather's looking good so it could be a great time to get into those large Hutt browns. Check the flows first to be on the safe side.                                         

Kapiti Coast

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The WaikanaeOtaki and Ohau are each carrying twice the flow of recent weeks. This isn't a bad thing as the rivers needed a recharge. At time of writing the fresh appears to have peaked, but with a little more rain heading for the backcountry catchment they could spike again. However, forecasts indicate that the worst has passed so the fishing should be okay over a fine weekend if the river clear in time.

Wairarapa

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The RuamahangaWaiohine and Waingawa rivers are up and still climbing at time of writing. Some of the smaller streams and rivers in the region are still not registering much of a fresh though, indicating that it was either very localised rain last night or the drought ravaged rivers and soils are soaking up the welcome rainfall. Either way, there'll be fishing available this weekend for the astute angler - take a look around.               

Manawatu

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The Manawatu  Pohangina and Oroua are up and still heading north in terms of flow too. The smaller rivers and feeders of the mainstem are, however, likely to clear more quickly when the last of the front heads through tomorrow and should be fishable by the weekend; the Manawatu will take longer to clear. If no further rain falls in the Tararua's the Mangatainoka River could be worth a look when it clears, it's holding very good numbers of fish lower down.      

Rangitikei

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The Rangitikei and tribs are spiked briefly yesterday and a dropping quickly. More unsettled weather is heading to the north of the Wellington Fish & Game region though so keep a watchful eye on the flows before heading out. Otherwise Saturday/Sunday look like a goer.

Wellington region report from Fish and Game 10 March 2016

Some wild weather is heading our way today and tomorrow but conditions and river flows should have settled by Saturday, making for some great fishing over the weekend. A pulse of rain is expected early Friday morning, with up to 15mm falling in the ranges; this should add some flow and colour to the main rivers. However, based on the current forecast, we're expecting the fresh to move through quickly and provide ideal fishing on Saturday and Sunday as the waterways receive a very welcome recharge.

Remember, we're now in autmun so the settled weather is likely to be behind us, with more variable patterns becoming the norm - Always check the weather and river flows carefully before heading out. That said, with the strong winds dying from Friday afternoon, it looks lie a cracker weekend to get out on the water. Make the most of it! 

Hutt River and tributaries

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The Hutt River and Akatarawa River  are low at the moment but watch for a pulse of water to come through after rain Thrusday evening and Friday morning. Should be all go for the weekend though, so make the most out of what some anglers are saying is the best season on the Hutt in years.                                      

Kapiti Coast

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The  WaikanaeOtaki and Ohau all spiked after a dose of rain in the western Tararua Range yesterday but they're falling back to normal flows again quickly. Watch for a repeat following the overnight rain but we're picking they should all be in a fishable state come the weekend.                                        

Wairarapa

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You can almost hear the RuamahangaWaiohine and Waingawa rivers sigh with releif after some brief overnigt rain topped up flows last night. This will clear out quickly but will likely spike again at some stage tomorrow with more rain forecast early Friday morning in the headwaters. Should be good to go by the time Saturday rolls around but please check the updated flows before heading out.                     

Manawatu

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Reports this morning that the Manawatu  is running big and brown, and the Pohangina and Oroua clear but carrying extra flow. This suggests most of the water is coming from the Tararua part of the catchment i.e the Mangatainoka River. Itsn't a bad thing at all, the entire system desperately needed water. And the good news is the weekend is looking good for fishable flows and fine weather. Please note that there's a special event celebrating moves to clean up the Manawatu - Fish & Game is encouraging anglers to get invovled and Go Fish!      

Rangitikei

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The Rangitikei and tribs are low and clear but anglers can expect a small fresh to head through tomorrow follwoing overnight rain on the Central Plateau. That should be it for the rain and winds are forecast to ease from friday afternoon which should make for excellent fishing conditions over the weekend. 

Tip of the week


A spotter and angler team working together on a sighted fish (Credit: Hamish Carnachan).

This tip applies for any time during the angler calendar but fishing in pairs is particularly useful on overcast or glary days when spotting is made that much more difficult. I believe that your angling success increases significantly (perhaps as much as 100% or higher) when fishing with another person.

When you're teamed up with another angler, one can act as a spotter - often from a high point or bank, making observation better - while the other casts to the sighted fish. Often the angler casting can't see the trout so it's the spotter's role to give good accurate directions about where the fly should be placed. By fishing in tandem like this, you'll significantly reduce the number of fish you spook through inaccurate blind casts; and as mentioned aleady, your hook-up rate will soar too. 

The other great benefit of fishing in pairs is that you can each take a side of the river, greatly improving the amount of water you cover. So next time you're in the backcountry or on your favourite river and come across another angler, instead of fighting over who was there first or trying to divy up 'beats', try fishing together. You're bound to do better and could discover another fishing buddy.   

By Wellington Fish & Game officer Hamish Carnachan.

Wellington region report from Fish and Game 3 March 2016

Another perfect weekend for hitting the rivers is on the cards with largely clear skies, high sun and hungry fish. Many of the regions rivers are still very low, so it may take some different technique to tempt the fish, but there is plenty of terrestrial insect activity to lure trout into feeding. The fish are certainly putting on condition with all the food around at the moment, so it's looking promising for some very big trout towards the end of the season.

Recent drift dives confirm solid number of fish in key rivers too, particularly the Hutt where several trophies were spotted last weekend.

Hutt River and tributaries

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The Hutt River and Akatarawa River are low and clear. The mainstem Hutt is holding great numbers of fish throughout and some very big, trophy-size fish were spotted during last weekend's drift dive by staff and volunteers. Plenty of cicadas are around too - try one of these imitations with a nymph hanging off the shank to cover both bases.                                     

Kapiti Coast

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Great conditions coming up opver the weekend for hitting the WaikanaeOtaki and Ohau. Clear and low conditions mean light leaders and smaller flies might be required for success though.                                      

Wairarapa

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The RuamahangaWaiohine and Waingawa are desperately needing some rain. Unfortunately there's none in the immediate forecast so a big green light for fishing Wairarapa over the weekend. Just a note to be careful when handling fish if you plan oin releasing them - we noticed several with damaged heads, eyes and gill plates when drift diving last week. It may not have been anglers but it's worthy of a reminder at a time when conditions mean the trout are already stressed.                    

Manawatu

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The ManawatuPohangina and Oroua are reportedly all carrying a bit of extra flow and colour today, suggesting some rain fall back in the headwaters. This will flow through by tonight setting up perfect conditions for Manawatu anglers tomorrow and through the weekend.     

Rangitikei

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The Rangitikei and tribs are coming down off a spike in flow earlier in the week too, meaning fishing conditions should be spot on with - hopefully- cooler water and rejuvenated trout. The mainstem has been very warm lately and some have had trouble finding active fish. However, anglers report success fishing deep (very deep) so despite the prolific insects on top, it might pay to dredge some of the deeper pools and runs with heavy nymphs "Tongariro style".      

Tip of the week

Many anglers choose to practice catch and release these days but it's important to know how to handle fish so they actually survive or aren't damaged when returned to the water. Fish & Game staff often see fish that are carrying scars, damaged gills or are blind in one eye. There's no proof that anglers caused this damage but at this time of year - when rivers are low and warm and the fish more stressed - careful handling is crucial for the trout to survive and unharmed.

Here are some tips if you're practicing catch and release:

  • Use a knotless landing net - dragging fish across hot rocks or letting them flap around on the shore will surely damage their sensitive membrane coating the scales and protecting the skin from infection.
  • Use forceps to remove the hook so you don't have to touch the fish with your hands - your hands are hot and can actually burn the trout.
  • Always wet your hands if, for some reason, you have to touch the fish.
  • If taking a photo, crouch down and keep the fish in the water until the picture is ready to be taken, lift just above the water supporting it under the pectoral fins with a grip around the 'wrist' of the tail. Return to the water immediately after the shot. 
  • Hold the fish gently into the current so water is flowing over its gills, and allow it to recover and swim off at its own pace.          

By Wellington Fish & Game officer Hamish Carnachan.

Wellington region report from Fish and Game 25 Feb 2016

A little bit of rain is heading our way for the weekend but the rivers at this stage are forecast to largely remain fishable. The front, coming in from the northwest, looks set to drop what ever rain it carries over a short period around Saturday evening. Areas in the north of the Wellington Fish & Game region look like they will get most of the wet stuff. Given the region is very dry, it's highly likely that the ground will soak up any moisture that arrives.

However, while we're tentatively picking the rivers will be fine, as always, please check the live flow links we provide in this report before heading out. 

Hutt River and tributaries

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The Hutt River and Akatarawa River are all go at time of writing. A little rain is forecast for the catchment over Saturday, but forecast amounts shouldn't affect the flows. Check before you go to be on the safe side.                                   

Kapiti Coast

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The WaikanaeOtaki and Ohau  likewise all in great condition for fishing following the recent rainfall. A little more over the weekend might freshen things up a bit - just keep an eye on the mountain forecast to see how much is expected.                                  

Wairarapa

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The RuamahangaWaiohine and Waingawa are in line for a little rain but they are all so low they could easily use it. AS with any of the rivers sourced in the Tararua catchment, check the mountain forecast and regional council rainfall gauges regularly to see if the forecast changes and precipitation levels are high than expected. At this stage though, it's green for go.                  

Manawatu

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Another green light for the Manawatu Rivers also. The ManawatuPohangina and Oroua are low and clear. A little more rain for this part of the region as we head north though so check the flows before heading out.      

Rangitikei

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The Rangitikei and tribs have refreshed a little but still need more rain to bring levels up and water temperatures down. Like elsewhere in the region, rain and windy conditions are likely to hit over the weekend. While we're picking that the rivers will be fishable, please check before travelling up that way or heading out on the water.     

Tip of the week


Casting into a tea-coloured river carrying extra flow after rain (Credit: Hamish Carnachan).

Too many anglers let a little rain put them off. But talk to those in the know - including guides who spend a lot of time on the water - and they'll tell you that tossing it in too early is your loss. Often a little rain will reset a river system and stimulate the fish into active mode, particularly in the middle of a long hot summer. There's a reason we call a flush of rain a 'fresh' - it freshens everything up.

Slime and algae is washed away, aquatic insects are dislodged and the water temperature drops resulting in more 'comfortable' conditions for trout which, naturally, are adapted or cold water. It's like someone has hit a reset button. In high summer often a decent dose of rain won't colour the rivers up to a point whereby they're unfishable either, because the parched ground absorbs most of it like a sponge.

So, next time you see rain in the forecast for your preferred fishing day, don't be despondent - chances are the fishing could be great. However, always be very careful around rising rivers. Fishing the falling fresh is always safest.

By Wellington Fish & Game officer Hamish Carnachan.

Wellington region report from Fish and Game 18 Feb 2016

Wellington Fish & Game officer Hamish Carnachan.

Not often anglers say this but at last some rain has arrived! The rivers desperately needed it, with many very low and water temperatures hovering around the limit for trout.  What this flush of rain last night and tomorrow will do is reset the rivers and the fish - the cooler water and extra flow sparking them back into active feeding mode

There's still a rather complex weather system surrounding us, so watch for any changes in the forecast and the effect of those on the rivers. However, at this point in time we're picking the fishing should be on fire if you can find somewhere to escape the blustery winds. The fish will be hungry after a prolonged period of heat-induced inactivity, so it's a great time to get amongst them. 

Hutt River and tributaries

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The Hutt River and Akatarawa River are up and still rising at time of writing. With more rain forecast for tomorrow morning Friday is likely to be out, but we'll go out on a limb predict that there should be some fishing available in this cacthment over the weekend. With strongish winds forecast and likely higher flows, the smaller tribs could be the best bet.                                 

Kapiti Coast

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The Otaki is still on the way up after last night's rain but the smaller rivers - Ohau and Waikanae - are dropping at time of writing. There's still some rain forecast for Friday morning but, again, we're picking that the smaller rivers will be fishable come Saturday.                                

Wairarapa

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A lot of rain fell in the Tararuas and the plains last night. As a result the rivers - RuamahangaWaiohine and Waingawa - and other major tribs are all carrying extra flow. They desperately needed it! Despite the rainfall, and more forecast for tomorrow, the Wairarapa should still be fishable on Saturday and over the weekend. Just check the flows and remember that some of the smaller waterways will clear out faster if the bigger ones are too high.                 

Manawatu

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The ManawatuPohangina and Oroua are up a little after last night's rain but appear to be dropping at time of writing. However, watch for another spike as the rain from the Tararua's washes down the Mangatainoka and hits the mainstem Manawatu. This should have flushed through by the weekend, making the rivers fishable, but best be on the safe side and check the flows before heading out. A tentative green light for the weekend.      

Rangitikei

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The Rangitikei  will have received some much-needed rain, cooling the system down a little - in the preceeding weeks the water temp has been dangerously high for trout throughout the mainstem. All rivers are, at time of writing, fallling back to normal flows and should be well fishable over the weekend. Hopefully this will reset the fish which have been very lethargic in the warm water.     

Tip of the week


A selection of willow grub flies... it's important to have different sizes.

March generally signals the arrival of willow grubs but they're here early this season, adding to the smorgasbord of large terrestrial's hitting the water at the moment. So, if you're noticing trout rising consistently just below the surface - as opposed to the audible chomps when they're hitting cicadas - they will most likely be sucking in willow grubs just under the water surface.

Be on the lookout for willow leaves all bulbous and blistered, you may even notice willow grubs popping out and dropping from the trees. Often when they are on grubs, the trout won't look at anything else, even the larger insects. So, be sure to have some imitations in your fly box, and it's important to have a range of different sizes as they will only take something that exactly resembles the real thing.

Wellington region report from Fish and Game 18 Feb 2016

Wellington Fish & Game officer Hamish Carnachan.

Low rivers and high sun make for ideal spotting conditions over the weekend for trout stalkers as the big dry continues. The lack of flow in many rivers is making fishing a slightly different proposition to earlier in the season though - see our 'Tip of the Week' for dealing with low flows and higher water temperatures.

All in all, there should be nothing stopping Wellington region anglers from getting into some superb fishing over the weekend. The cicadas are out in full force, as are the grasshoppers and passion hoppers, and the trout are hitting anything on the surface hard - this is the most exciting time of the year for fly fishing, so don't miss the action!  

Hutt River and tributaries

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The Hutt River and Akatarawa River are both very low but the fish are there for the taking. Cicadas haven't been as prevalent in the catchment as elsewhere in the region but they are coming on now. Look to throw big terrestrial patterns into the riffly water. If the legendary Hutt browns are proving hard to tempt try earlier in the day or a spot of night fishing when they may be more active with the cooler temps.                               

Kapiti Coast

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The WaikanaeOtaki and Ohau are all low and clear. As with the Hutt, it might take a bit of latteral thinking to tempt the brownies now the water temperature is higher and the flows are falling. Check out our 'Tip of the Week' below. Consider also that shade helps keep the water cooler so into the bushline, away from the braided sections of river, the fish may be more active during the day.                              

Wairarapa

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No need to check the live flow updates for the RuamahangaWaiohine and Waingawa - they're all low and clear. In fact very low flows (unsustainable irrigation take) and algae is becoming a significant problem for the Ruamahanga, despite the  self-serving media comments from the local dairy farming mouthpiece claiming that the river is in great health. The evening rise on the river is, however, coming into its own - a sign that the fish are shut down during the heat of the day to negate some of the environmental stress, and actively feeding during the cooler times.                

Manawatu

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The ManawatuPohangina and Oroua are also all low and clear. Some local knowledge will point anglers to the cooler waterways. Also target the deeper pools where fish find thermoclines (cooler layers of water) offering relief from the higher surface water temperatures. Good numbers of fish in the Pohangina were observed during recent drift dives, but they are bunched up in deeper sections of the river.      

Rangitikei

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The Rangitikei and Hautapu are looking perfect for fishing. Only problem is, the Rangitikei is incredibly warm - recorded at 24degC last week when we drift dived the mid-upper reaches. There are good numbers of fish (as is to be expected) but they are very lethargic, even the rainbows. Look around for cooler water or confluence areas where colder flow is entering the mainstem. Good cicada hatches up at Springvale.      

Tip of the week


A nicely shaded stretch of river - a good plce to find active trout in summer (Credit: Hamish Carnachan)

We've got very warm water conditions, even in some of our high country headwater fisheries where temperatures are pushing 25degC at the surface - this is well above tolerance for both browns and rainbows and, as a result, they are not actively feeding during the day even though the cicadas are out in force. 

There will be active fish though, the key is to think about where you can find colder water - locate this and you'll locate fish and some awesome angling to boot!

Think about springs - where these flow on the surface or enter freestone rivers. Spring water is significantly colder because it bubbles up from well below the ground where it hasn't been heated by solar radiation.

Even the confluences of two streams or rivers will attract fish because the mixing action of the water adds more disolved oxygen - remember that the warmer the water the lower the disolved oxygen content.

Anglers will also likely to find fish far more active at dawn and early morning than during the height of the day. Water temp is cooler earlier because it has had a period over night to cool while the sun is down.

Another tip is to target the shaded parts of the catchment. Shade helps keep the water cooler, so into the bushline, away from the exposed braids, the fish may be more lively and happier to feed.

Finally, deeper pools have thermoclines (cooler layers of water) affording fish refuge from the higher surface water temperatures. Even though it goes against angling instinct when the terrestrial insects are going nuts, dredge the deeper pools with bombs and spinners to entice a take.

 

Wellington region report from Fish and Game 29 Jan 2016

A little spot of rain for some parts of the region on Wednesday shouldn't affect what's shaping up to be a great weekend for fishing. Clear skies, light winds and refreshed flows for some rivers equates to perfect conditions. Note that more rain fell on the eastern side of the Tararuas than the west so it might pay to check the Wairarapa river flows, however, we're picking they should be okay for Saturday and Sunday. 

All that's left to be said is get out and enjoy the great angling.

 

A great video showing fishing in the area by Andrew Harding

Hutt River and tributaries

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The Hutt River and tribs have just taken a little flush from localised rain and showers over the past 24 hours. At time of writing they are rising slightly but with no further rain reported (or forecast) we're picking the waterways should be in top shape for the weekend. This combined with light winds and sunny skies makes for a prefect trifecta!                               

Kapiti Coast

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As with the Hutt River, some very localised and heavy rain has pushed a little extra water through the WaikanaeOtaki and Ohau rivers but they are all near normal flows now (or return to such). Fine weather and light winds should make for some great angling over the coming days.  

Wairarapa

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 The Ruamahanga River and all its tributaries are coming up at time of writing after some heavy overnight rain fell. Our advice is to give the Wairarapa side a skip for at least the next 24 hours and then check the flows again by clicking the link here.      

Manawatu

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The Manawatu has taken some rain from somewhere and is presently coming up, albeit from low flow anway. Likewise the Pohangina, which was very low earlier in the week. Despite the fresh they should be okay by the weekend, which will coincide nicely with some favourable fishing weather forecast.      

Rangitikei

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A short, sharp spike of rain for the Rangitikei River has it up slightly but falling fast. Light winds for the mid-upper catchment should make for some awesome angling over Saturday and Sunday - enjoy it while it's on! 

Wellington region report from Fish and Game 15 Jan 2016

There's been some superb fishing over the Christmas/New Year period, helped by the odd bit of rain keeping the rivers in great shape for this time of year. The moisture in the air and soil has also helped the insect life proliferate. Hatches of brown beetles, and particularly caddis and mayfly, have been as thick as dense clouds in some parts of the region.

The fish have responded accordingly, feeding ferociously when the bugs emerge in such numbers. Another short burst of rain is forecast for Sunday but up until then, the skies should remain clear and the water fishable. Also encouraging is the odd Cicada starting to emerge and make its presence known, though they're yet to hit full pitch yet. Hopefully that won't be too far off!

Hutt River and tributaries

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The Hutt River and tribs are are low and clear at present and should reamin that way throughout the weekend until the rain arrives later on Sunday. The only troublesome aspect will be the brisk northerly/nor-wester building over the next few days. Find a sheltered spot (there are plenty) and you should be into some prime angling. Keep an ear out for cicadas too - word is, the fish are starting to look up for these big proteing packs!                            

Kapiti Coast

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Perfect conditions for fishing on all of the WaikanaeOtaki and Ohau rivers this morning. The wind is expected to build over the next few days so pick your spot wisely. The lower reaches are reportedly still fishing well with good numbers of well-conditioned fish, however the wind is likely to be less of an issue further upstream. Watch for a change in the weather later on Sunday - otherwise good to go all weekend.

Wairarapa

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The RuamahangaWaiohine and Waingawa are making a few anglers scratch their heads. They all in good nick at the moment in terms of flow and clarity but where are the fish? Long walks between 'schools' of fish on the Ruamahanga should be expected. And the few trout within easy reach on the other Ruamahanga tribs have been flogged hard by holiday anglers and bolting for cover before the fly or spinner even hits the water (even the backcountry is reportedly fishing hard after heavy pressure). The best bet is to do a bit of leg-work and find some fish on the mainstem - once located they're not fussy.              

Manawatu

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There was some rain in the upper catchment of the Manawatu last night but the flow gauge is registering a low and falling river at present. If this remains the case then the fishing should be great over the weekend, as it has been during the summer break period. Just check the flow in case that flush is coming through late. And watch for a building wind over the coming days - some of the smaller, more sheltered tribs might be a better option for fly anglers.      

Rangitikei

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The Rangitikei River has been fishing superbly right throughout its mid and upper reaches! It copped a small fresh early in the week but has fallen fast and is back near normal flow - this should mean some excellent angling on offer again over the next few days.   

See 2015 and earlier reports
 

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