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Poutu Stream Trout Fishing

Though seldom fished, the Poutu Stream holds surprising numbers of large fish. It is a major tributary of the Tongariro River and has great runs of fish during the winter season spawning runs. A river where isolation from other anglers is almost assured.

 

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Fish type Rainbow and brown trout
Situation The Pouto stream joins the Tongariro River in its middle reaches, at the top of the Poutu Pool.
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Description

During the winter, many trout head up the Poutu to spawn and those few anglers that fish it can be very successful. There is an anglers right-of-way from the Tongariro River to the SH1 bridge, but most prefer to wade and fish as they go. The stream bed is very rocky and slippery so care is required.

The banks tend to be lined with scrub and bracken making access to much of the water very difficult. The dense vegetation and narrowness of the river can also make for difficulty in casting though it is a river where only short casts are generally required.

This is a good river to fish when the Tongariro is either crowded with a number of fishermen or the Tongariro water is dirty due to rainfall, as the Poutu seldom floods.

Fish numbers and size Although seldom fished, the Poutu Stream holds surprising numbers of large fish, especially during the migratory runs in the winter and auumn months.
Access

Travelling south on SH1 and about 300 metres before the Poutu Stream bridge, follow the signpost to the Dreadnought Pool. Soon after you join the Poutu Loop Track, a footbridge crosses the Poutu Stream.

Alternatively, you can wade up the stream from the Poutu Pool on the Tongariro as far as the SH1 bridge.

Above the bridge is private property and access is prohibited.

See the Poutu River access map.

Methods

The Poutu Stream is best suited to nymphing though there can be some dry fly fishing in the warmer months. Some pools can be worth expolring with a wet fly.

Recommended tackle Light weight 5 or 6 weight rods and lines. Long casts are seldom necessary (or possible)
Recommended lures

Nymphs: During the spawning season, use Glo-bugs or small (12 - 14) weighted nymphs in the Halfback, Hare and Copper, and Pheasant Tail patterns.

Dry flies: During the summer use beetle patterns or Cicada or Cricket patterns as there are always a few good resident trout present who relish these large terrestrials.

Wet flies: Woolly Buggers and Red Setters

Regulations (1)
Applicable to Poutu Stream
Region Taupo fishery area regulations
Season All year
Methods

Fly fishing only.
Boat fishing from an anchored boat only.

Bag limit 3
Size limit (cm) 40cm minimum
Regulations (2)
Applicable to Poutu Stream tributaries
Region Taupo fishery area regulations
Season Closed
Methods

Not applicable

Bag limit Not applicable
Size limit (cm) Not applicable
Regulations (3)
Applicable to Poutu Aqueduct (Lake Rotoaira)
Region Taupo fishery area regulations
Season Closed
Methods

Not applicable

Bag limit Not applicable
Size limit (cm) Not applicable

 

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