are good numbers of brown trout, mostly in the 2 -4lb range
, though there are also some very large sea-run fish in the
lower reaches and esturine area and the upper reaches hold some
large trout in the pools.
Little Wanganui River drains the Scarlett and Allen Ranges
and flows west to enter the Tasman Sea just north of Westport.
The river flows through beautiful virgin bush and the water
is generally clear enough to be able to spot fish.
It takes about 50 minutes to reach the
Little Wanganui from Westport and around 15 minutes from Karamea.
The lower reaches flow over
shingle and can get dirty at times. This section is best for
spinning for the large sea-run trout that move into these reaches,
especially when the whittebait are running. The middle and upper
reaches are much more suited to fly fishing however being mostly
clear water flowing over a stone and gravel bed and through
pristine native bush.
reaches are easy to fish but the upper reaches require considerable
walking and wading.
Access to the river is via State Highway
67. A small side road leads off from the highway and follows
the river to the beginning of the Wangapeka Track for most
of its length.
bladed spinners (Mepps
or Veltic) fished
upstream into the faster water or through the deep pools.
Also try spinners such as Cobra
in the lower reaches when the whitebait enter the river.