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Little Grey River

The Little Grey (or Mawheraiti) River is an excellent small tea-coloured river holding a reasonable number of moderate sized brown trout.

Fish type Brown trout
Situation 10kms from Reefton and approx 45kms from Greymouth
Setting The Liitle Grey rises in the hills near Reefton and flows south west to join the Grey River near Ikamatua.

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Description The Little Grey is a tea-coloured stream that flows over a stone and rock bed. This small river provides many kilometres of accessible fly and spin fishing. The river can get low in the late summer if it has been very dry and wind coming down the valley can make fishing difficult at times. This is an excellent dry fly and nymphing waters and spin fishing can be productive early in the season and in the reaches before the river joins the Grey. It is easily wadeable.
Fish numbers and size Good numbers of fish  in the 2 - 3lb range
Ease of fishing An easy river to fish.
Access Access to the lower half of the river is via State Highway 7 running between Reefton and Greymouth and the upper reaches are accessed via Miamai Rd.
Recommended lures

Nymphs: Small dark patterns of nymphs such as Hare and Copper, Pheasant Tails and Caddis imitations all work well in sizes 14 or smaller.

Dry flies: Small flies such as Royal Wulff and March Brown all work well at all times of the day.

Wet flies: Small wets like  March Brown and sedge emerger patterns work well when fished sub-surface. These flies are particularly effective when fishing the evening rise.

Spinners: Small bladed spinners (Mepps or Veltic).

Applicable to Little Grey
Region West Coast
Season Trout: 1 Oct-30 Apr
Salmon: 1 Oct-30 Apr
Methods Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Bag limit Total sports fish: 2
Size limit (cm) No limit

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