The middle reaches are approximately
55kms from Greymouth and 60kms from Reefton.
and its many tributaries rise in the Lake Sumner State Forest
park and enters the Grey River at the small settlement of Ahaura
approximately 30kms upstream from Greymouth. It drains a huge
area of land and in its lower reaches below the Haupiri confluence
can have a tea-colour stain for much of the year. The reaches
above the junction with the Haupiri tend to have very clear
water however for much of the year.
The lower reaches of the Ahaura
can be difficult to fish as they flow through some hard to access
gorges. In the middle and upper reaches the river opens out
and flows over a stone and shingle bed and provides many kilometres
of fishing. The best fishing is generally regarded as being
between the Nancy River confluence and where the Haupiri enters
the river. The river in this section holds good stocks of fish
and generally runs clear over a gravel bed.
Fish numbers and size
are good and fish can be every large. They are mostly in the
2-4lb range however.
Ease of fishing
The lower reaches are difficult
to fish but the section between the Nancy confluence and below
the Haupiri confluence are much easier as the river flows over
open land with good casting positions. The upper reaches require
The middle reaches are accessed
via the Ahaura - Kopara (Watterson) road which turns off the
Reefton to Greymouth highway while the upper reaches can be
reached via the Kopara - Haupiri Rd and via Nelson Creek. See
the Ahaura River access
Small unweighted nymphs such as Pheasant
Tail variants and Hares
and Copper though some weight may be required (use a bead
head pattern) in the deeper pools or faster water. Also try
emerger patterns when fish can be lying in shallow water.
Dry flies:Cicada patterns
are very effective from late summer and beetle
patterns work well in early summer. Otherwise use small flies
of the Greenwell's
Wulff or March
Brown patterns. In the faster water use large visible
especially in the hotter months when the river is lower and
can be very clear.
bladed spinners (Mepps
or Veltic) fished
upstream into the faster water or through the deeper pools
are best for this river.
has many tributaries worth exploring by anglers. The Haupiri
is an important fishery in its own right. Others include the
Nancy, the Waikiti, the Tutaekuri, the Waiheke, and the Trent
though any stream with sufficient volume flowing into the river
is worth exploring especially early in the season.