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Tairua River


The Tairua river is an attractive water providing  fly fishing for a good population of rainbow trout in an attractive scenic setting. It fishes best late in the season.
Fish type Rainbow trout in good numbers averaging just under 1 kg. Some larger fish can be found at times in the lower reaches.
Situation The Tairua River rises in the Coromandel ranges and flows through beautiful scenery to enter the sea on the east coast of the Coromandel Peninsular at Tairua Harbour.

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Description The Tairua river flows over  a rocky and stone bed through some beautiful scenery. The water is generally very clean and clear and river is bordered by a mixture of native and indigenous forest and some extensive areas of manuka scrub. It is easily waded though during the summer months the rocks can get very slippery from algae. It provides excellent dry fly and nymph fishing throughout its length.

As the upper reaches can only be accessed on foot, they receive much less angling pressure providing the more energetic angler with fishing in a pristine almost wilderness environment. Fish numbers are good and due to the good vegetation cover along both banks along most of the river, it provides excellent dry fly fishing to freely rising fish. This is especially true during late spring when the green beetle lands on the water and from mid summer through to mid autumn when there are plentiful numbers of cicadas and crickets, both of which the trout love. This river responds well to a number of methods however and is a delight to fish.

Access The middle reaches can be easily accessed from the Hikuia Valley Road which runs alongside the river for approximately 10 km. The upper reaches can only be accessed by foot from the track that begins near the bridge on State Highway 25A.
Methods All methods are legal on the Tairua though it is a particularly good dry fly and nymphing water, especially from mid spring onwards.
Recommended tackle This is an ideal dry fly river and so floating fly lines are recommended, preferably in weights four to six. Light spinning gear is also a good option.
Recommended lures

Dry flies: Early in the season try Parachute Adams or other representations of a hatching may fly and from November, Green beetles and from mid summer, cicada patterns. Like most rivers however, observation is important to see what is landing on, or emerging from the water and then trying to represent it with a similar fly pattern.

Nymphs: Small lightly weighted or unweighted Pheasant Tail, Pheasant Tail emerger, Prince Nymphs, Halfbacks and Hare and Coppers in sizes 14 to 18.

Wet flies: Small soft hackled wet flies fished just subsurface especially during the evening rise can be very effective on warm evenings. In the lower reaches patterns such as a Grey ghost, Parsons Glory or other representations of smelt or whitebait can be effective from mid-October through to December when larger trout are chasing the whitebait.

Spinners: Small bladed spinners preferably in red and gold patterns such as a Veltic fished through the pools or upstream into the faster water can be effective during the day when other methods fail.

Tributaries There are no tributaries of note
Applicable to Tairua River
Region Auckland/Waikato regulations
Season Oct 1-Jun 30
Methods Artificial fly, spinner
Bag limit 5
Size limit (cm) 30cm minimum

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