rainbow trout in the upper reaches and a mixture of rainbow
and brown trout in the lower reaches.
||The Pokaiwhenua rises in the
hills near Tokoroa and flows north west to enter the eastern
shoreline of the man made Lake Karapiro.
map with topography
topographic maps: 1:50,000 (260
the MetService weather forecast for Tokoroa.
The Pokaiwhenua is essentially
two seperate fisheries divided by a large waterfall that can
be seen from the Arapuni - Putaruru road.
In the lower section downstream from the waterfall there
are approximately 12 kms of fishable water. This section is
an important spawing stream for fish from Lake Karapiro which
it feeds into. Late in the season some big brown trout move
into the river in preparation for spawning. This section is
quite difficult to access in many partts as it flows through
steeply sided gorges. The mouth of the river near the Horahora
road is a popular and productive sectioon to fish especially
late in the season when fish will congregate in prperation
of moving upstream to spawn.
Above the waterfall the river is quite different and flows
over mostly open farmland. It flows over a gravel and pumic
bed and tends to flow clear and clean. In this section fish
are smaller and are resident fish (i.e. they do not run to
the lake but stay in the river throughout the year).
Three roads cross the pokaiwhenua.
The Horahora rd near the mouth, the Arapuni- Putaruru road
which crosses near the waterfall and the Old Taupo Road that
crosses a few kilometres above the waterfall. Access can be
gained where these roads cross.
For most of the river it is necesssary to ask permission
from the landowners over whose properties the river flows.
||The lower reaches respond well
to all methods while the upper reaches (above the waterfall)
is great dryfly / nymph water.
If targeting the larger fish
in the lower section a rod capable of handling big fish is
recommended. Some fish are very large and do not like being
hooked. Good strong tippet is highly recommended with rods
capable of casting a 7 weight ideal.
The upper reaches are different and lighter tackle and rods
are more likely to reward anglers as the water is clearer
and there is not as much cover. Rods between 4 - 6 weight
with lighter tippets work well.
flies: During the early summer
beetle patterns and cicada
patterns in late summer work well during the day. Otherwise
try smaller patterns such as a Adams
or Blue Dun
or a Twilight
Beauty during the change of light in the evening.
nymphs such as Hare
Pheasants Tail and Halfback
patterns are all effective. A small Theo's
Bomber can also excite the rainbows in the upper section.
Small wee-wets such as a Greenwells
Glory or March
Brown fished across and down through the faster water
can induce some very hard takes from these feisty fish. In
the lower section a Wolly
Bugger can also be effective and around the mouth of the
stream at the lake, use bully patterns such as a Hamills
Simpson or Kilwell
small bladed spinners such as veltics or Mepps
in the upper reaches with Toby
patterns and rapalas
in the bigger lower section and around the mouth.
||There are no tributaries to
the Pokaiwhenua that are of interest to the angler.
|| Oct 1-Jun
||Artificial fly, spinner
|Size limit (cm)