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Waipahi River Trout Fishing

This small stream boasts excellent brown trout stocks in over 35 km of fishable water. The tannin-stained water means this is blind fishing water except when trout are rising.


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Fish type Excellent stock of brown trout averaging around 1kg.
Situation The Waipahi rises in swampy country west of Clinton and flows north to join the Pomahaka River south of Conical Hill.

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The Waipahi is best fished early in the season to avoid the week growth that comes with summer's low water.  Although small, there are some deep holes and rocky runs.

Recommended lures

Nymphs: Small mayfly nymphs and emergers

Dry flies: Mayfly dry flies, caddis patterns

Wet flies: Black and Peacock (snails)

Applicable to Waipahi River
Region Otago regulations
Season 1 Oct-30 Apr
Methods Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Bag limit 4
Size limit (cm) None


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