brown trout averaging around 1 kg though with many larger fish
present, particularly late in the season.
||The Ohinemuri River rises in the ranges
north of Waihi and flows inland west from Waihi through the
spectacular Karangahake Gorge to join the Waihou River near
the township of Paeroa.
map with topography
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Ranges Trout Fishing access pamphlet
For those fishing this area we recommend the following accommodation options.
For budget accommodation River Road Lodge and Park.
For mid range self contained accommodation Karangahake Cottage or Gold 'n' Views Bed and Breakfast.
The Ohinemuri is a
small, very attractive river to fish. It holds good stocks
of both brown and rainbow trout with some of the brown trout
that are caught late in the season reaching very good sizes.
Despite its relatively short length, it offers a great variety
of fishing and is suitable for all fishing methods. As roads
run along most of the river, access to all the sections is
generally not a problem. It has some excellent small tributaries
which also provide top-quality fishing for those who like
the challenge of fishing small streams.
||Above the Karangahake Gorge the Ohinemuri
is a small river ideally suited to dry fly and nymph fishing.
Through this section the water flows over a shingle and stone
bed with good bankside vegetation allowing good cover for the
fish. Fish numbers are reasonably high, with the average size of the fish
being just under 1 kg. The water is generally very clear especially
during the summer when the water levels can also get quite low.
This section of the river is easily wadeable.
||The section through the Karangahake Gorge
is the most popular and productive section of the river. The
water is a mixture of long deep pools and boisterous rapids
as the river surges between large boulders and steep banks.
The section is difficult to wade in places but it does hold
good fish numbers. It offers a mixture of good dry fly, nymph,
wet fly and spinning water. Some of the pools in the section
are very deep and can hold good numbers of fish, particularly
in the warm summer months.
||Below the Karangahake Gorge the river widens
as it flows over open farmland. The banks are often willow lined
making this section best suited to spinning or using a downstream
wet fly. A large number of fish, usually of larger sizes, enter
this section late in the season. Many sections are easily wadeable.
Access to much of the Ohinemuri is relatively
easy as SH 2 follows the river for much of its length. Within
the Karangahake gorge there are a number of good access points
and parking spaces. See the Ohinemuri River access
||The Ohinemuri River is suitable for all
methods of fishing although the upper reaches are best fished
to the fly while the lower reaches are best fished with a spinner
or a downstream wet fly.
||For the upper reaches, very light rods of
around 4 to 5 weight and around 8 foot 6 in length. For the
middle and lower reaches slightly longer rods of between 5 to
7 weight are suitable. Spinning rods capable of casting lures
around 5 to 7g are best.
Small weighted nymphs in sizes 14 to 18 in patterns such as
Tail and Stonefly
fish well throughout the season. During the summer, unweighted
work well in early evening.
During the summer the Ohinemuri offers superb dry fly fishing.
patterns work well throughout the summer, with beetle
patterns working very well in early summer and cicada
patterns from late summer to autumn.
Wet flies/ Streamers:
In the lower reaches try Hamill's
Simpson or a small winged wet fly such as a Dad's
Brown or Greenwell's
bladed spinners such as Veltic
or Mepps work
well or try a black
and gold Toby.
||The major tributary is the Waitawheta
River, which is an excellent backcountry fishery. The Waitekauri,
Waimata, Ruahorehore, Walmsley and Mataura Streams all hold
good stocks of fish despite their relatively small sizes.
||Ohinemuri below Victoria St Bridge
||Artificial fly, spinner, bait.
||5 until 30 Sept 2008
2 from 1 Oct 2008
|Size limit (cm)
||Ohinemuri above Victoria St Bridge
||Oct 1-Jun 30
||Artificial fly, spinner
|Size limit (cm)