Wellington's top trout fishing rivers
Wellington is one of the largest fishing regions
in the country and as a consequence offers anglers a huge variety
of fishing experiences. Many waters are very easy to reach as roads
run alongside them for most of their length while others are some
of the most remote in the country. The major rivers are the Manawatu,
the Rangitikei and the Ruamahanga all of which provide varied fishing
throughout their length and all have great tributaries that also
provide good fishing.
Many of the large rivers are not particularly
pleasant to fish as they near the coast as they become large, sluggish
and silt laden. In their upper and middle reaches however they can
provide superb fishing. Rivers such as the Rangitikei have a well
deserved reputation for being trophy fisheries and require anglers
who wish to venture into their headwaters to get a backcountry licence (which is free to licence holders). Do not think
these remote rivers will have fish that are easily fooled however.
Fish that reach the magical 10lb+ mark do not get that big by being
stupid. Add to that the crystal clear water and you will find that to capture these fish requires considerable skill.
Around Wellington city there are a number of great
waters ranging from the large Hutt River that flows through the
city itself to the many small rivers that rise in the ranges and
provide anglers with a near wilderness experience only an hour or
less from the city centre. The small Wainuiomata River near Wellington
has a reputation for superb dry fly and nymph fishing during the
summer months though being close to the city is very popular and
access can be a problem on some areas.
Both rainbow and brown trout can be found throughout
the region though rainbow trout predominate in both numbers and
in the bags caught by anglers. Like everywhere, brown trout remain
the more elusive prey.
The top trout fishing rivers in the Wellington
region include the: