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The Pearse Trout Fishing

An attractive small river that is best fished in the lower reaches as it enters the Motueka.

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Fish type Brown trout
Situation The Pearse joins the Motueka west bank downstream from the small settlement of Woodstock.
Setting An attractive small river that is best fished in the lower reaches as it enters the Motueka.

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Description A small tributary for the Motueka, the Pearse provides reasonable fishing early in the season.  The river runs over a shingle bed and has a large amount of shorlein vegetation making fishing challenging throuhgh much of its length.
Fish numbers and size Low numbers of fish though numbers are higher early in the season.
Ease of fishing A difficult river to fish due to its size and vegetation cover along the banks.

A small side road gives access to the very lower reaches. Otherwise anglers must walk to reach fishable waters.

See the access map

Recommended lures

Nymphs: Very small (16 to 18) lightly weighted nymphs such as Pheasants Tails and Hares Ear.

Dry flies: Terrestrial fly imitation such as Dad's Favourite and Greenwells Glory. Beetle patterns such as Coch-y-Bondhu work well from early summer.

Wet flies: Small wets such as March Brown or Greenwell's Glory work well fished sub-surface during the evening rise.

Spinners: Small bladed Mepps or Veltic work best.

Applicable to Pearse River
Region Nelson Marlborough>>>
Season 1 October to 30 April
Methods Artificial fly and spinner
Bag limit 2 (with only one fish exceeding 500mm in length)
Size limit (cm) No minimum size




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