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Apirama River

 

The Aparima River is an medium-sized easy flowing river which fishes best in a south or west breeze. It holds a good stock of brown trout, and is suited to all methods but especially fly fishing.

Fish type A good number of brown trout of 1-2kg in size, with the occasional fish up to 4.5 kg.
Situation The Aparima River rises in the Takitimu Mountains. Initially it flows east but changes to a southerly flow over farmland south of Mossburn, after it is joined by Hamilton Burn and Braxton Burn.
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Description

 The nature of this river changes quite markedly throughout its length. The lower tidal reaches are tidal and best fished from half tide to low water when the fish are more confined to channels. Spinners are the best option for these fish that tend to feed on whitebait and other small fish.

The middle reaches tend to be very exposed to the strong winds that can blow here. This section is mostly braided and the fish feed in the edge of fast water and at the base of ripples. The middle of the day is best for fly fishing while the mornings are best for spinning. Look for areas near willow trees or here some deeper water flows past overhanging vegetation.

Above Jacobs Bridge is where the best fishing can be found. The river is  faster flowing and  is over big cobbles and rocks, especially in the headwaters. There is good structure to the river and has a more stable bed providing better habitat and food.

Access

Headwaters

Access to the headwaters is by four-wheel drive from a farm track beyond the old Dunrobin Station.

Upper reaches:

Above Jacobs Bridge there is access from the Dunrobin Valley road across private farmland.

Middle reaches:

Access to the middle reaches is from the roads which follow the banks and at the four bridges which cross the river at various points.

Lower reaches

From Gummies Bush and Thornbury bridges

Estuary

From Riverton

Recommended lures

Flies:
Mayfly patterns

Spinners: Veltic, and toby.

Tributaries Hamilton Burn
Regulations (1)
Applicable to Aparima River and tributaries upstream of Hamilton Burn
Region Southland regulations
Season Trout: 1 Oct-30 Apr
Salmon: 1 Oct-31 Mar
Methods Artificial fly, spinner
Bag limit Total: 2
Salmon: 1
Size limit (cm) No limit
Regulations (2)
Applicable to Aparima River and tributaries downstream of Hamilton Burn
Region Southland regulations
Season Trout: 1 Oct-30 Apr
Salmon: 1 Oct-31 Mar
Methods Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Bag limit Total: 2
Salmon: 1
Size limit (cm) No limit

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