The Wainuiomata River is a productive brown trout
fishery that is surprisingly close to Wellington. It holds a good
population of fish and offers a very different fishing experience
to other rivers in the area.
The Wainuiomata rises in the
southern Rimutaka Ranges and flows south through the Wainuiomata
township then over open farmland before entering Cook Straight
near Baring Head.
The Wainuiomata River is
a productive if challenging river that flows across a mainly
silt bed between high banks that provide little cover for
anglers. It is generally open and exposed and so subject to
the strong winds that can blow in the area.
In the upper reaches above Wainuiomata town the river is
small though the water quality is good. Few fish are held
in this section however and the best fishing is to be found
in the middle section between the town and the beginning of
the tidal section. This provides about 20 kms of good open
fishing water. There can be good fishing in the tidal area
between Oct and Dec as fish are often chasing whitebait in
The river is unlike others in the area as it is generally
quite slow flowing and has less definite structure with the
result that trout will often be found cruising pools rather
than taking up station. It also makes it more diffficult to
approach them as the banks can be high with little background
vegetation to mask your approach. And as the fish are generally
cruising a beat thay are not always facing upstream. Consequently
a very stealthy approach is vital for success. That said with
a little caution and stealth it is possible to spot and target
the good population or resident fish that generally seem to
feed near the surface.
Fish numbers and size
Brown trout in reasonable to
good numbers averaging around 1kg
The river runs alongside a road
for most of its length allowing access to most of the fishable
water. It is however necessary to seek landowner's permission
before crossing theirland to fishthe river.
This is ideal water for dry
fly and nymph. Fish tend to feed near the surface and so are
generally easy to spot (though they can also easily spot any
unwary angler that appears on the skyline).
Rods of between 4 - 5 weight
are ideal. As there can often be some wind in this are a fast
action rod such as the CD XLS series is ideal to cut through
the wind. Leaders need to be reasonable