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Waikoropupu River Trout Fishing

The surface water of the Waikoropupu River is part of the largest spring system in New Zealand  (the Pupu Springs) and an important spawning habitat for brown trout.

Following the discovery of the invasive algae didymo in Takaka River in December 2007, people are asked to keep out of Te Waikoropupu Springs (read more...).

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Fish type, number and size The Waikoropupu River has been known to produce some large brown trout.
Situation The Waikoropupu is a small tributary of the Takaka River in Golden Bay and is fed by the cold clear water from the Pupu Springs.

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The water from the main spring that feeds the Waikoropupu is a constant cold of 11.7 degrees Celsius. Flows can vary between 7-21 cumecs.

Heavy willow growth can make fishing difficult in some stretches.


There is limited public access from Pupu Valley Road which is off SH60 north of Takaka. See the Takaka River access map and list of Waikoropupu access points.

Recommended lures

Nymphs: Heavily weighted large nymphs are required to get down to the fish. Try sizes 10 to 14 in Pheasant Tail or Hare and Copper patterns.

Dry flies: large bushy flies such as Deers Hair Sedge patterns work well in the faster water but try smaller patterns such as Twilight Beauty or a Black Gnat in the more sedate section near the confluence with the Takaka.

Wet flies: Small wets such as Greenwell's Glory or Dad's Favourite are useful especially in the evenings.

Spinners: Bladed spinners such as Veltic or Mepps work best when fished upstream and brought downstream just above the river bed.

Biosecurity requirements
Biosecurity Because of the presence of the invasive alga didymo in the nearby Takaka River, anglers must clean their fishing gear including waders and boots, especially when moving between rivers. See Didymo Biosecurity Alert for details.
Applicable to Waikoropupu River
Region Nelson/Marlborough >>>
Season 1 October - 30 April
Methods Artificial fly, spinner
Bag limit 2
Size limit (cm) Only 1 fish may exceed 500mm.




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New Zealand Trout Adventures




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