River flows through the Tararua ranges in its headwaters where
it flows over a stone and shingle bed. Fish numbers in this
area are low but the size and condition of the fish compensates
for this. This is challenging wilderness fishing and as the
water is invariably clear allowing anglers to cast to sighted
After leaving the Tararua ranges, the river
flows over a large stone and shingle bed between high banks.
This section provides excellent back country fishing, though
fish stocks are low. Use the height provided by some of the
banks to spot the fish in the clear water below. Once at the
river level it is possible to walk long distances along the
river though the large unstable stones can make walking difficult
in places. Fish can be spotted in the clear water and many
reach very impressive sizes.
Note: A dam in the upper reaches
can open its gates (usually in March) to desilt the headwaters.
When this happens the river becomes unfishable for some time
afterwards. Check locally as to when this last happened.
Fish numbers and size
Brown and rainbow trout in the
low to medium numbers with an average size of around 1 1/2 to
Access from Pahiatua is off
the Pahiatua Track road which leads of SH 2.
This water is ideal dry fly
and nymph water and those who are prepared to walk and find
fish and then spend getting that first cast just right will
find this river with its beautiful scenery an ideal place to
spend a day or three.
Very light tackle such as a
9 foot rod capable of casting a weight 5 -6 line. Long leaders
of 12 feet or longer may be required to avoid spooking the fish.