trout averaging around 1.5 kg but with many bigger fish also
present. There are also a few rainbow trout below the Patea
River rises on the eastern slopes of Mount Taranaki and flows
first in an easterly direction through the town of Stratford
before turning south to enter the Tasman Sea that the small
township of Patea.
The river has been dammed halfway along
its course with the resultant formation of Lake Rotorangi
which neatly divides the river into two separate fisheries.
map with togography map
topographic maps: 1:50,000 (260
|| Taranaki Ringplain access pamphlet
and river level
View graphs of recent river
flow and river level at the Taranaki Regional Council
View graphs of
recent rainfall at the Taranaki Regional Council website.
View the MetService
weather forecast for Taranaki.
In its upper reaches the
Patea River provides excellent fishing for large brown trout
some of which can reach trophy size. In the upper reaches
the water is generally very clear flowing over a stony and
gravel bed. It provides excellent trout habitat and fish can
be sighted in the water.
Below the dam there are many kilomtres of excellent water
though the best and most productive is to be found in the
section just below the dam itself. As the river moves closer
to the sea it tends to pick up a lot of sediment and so discolours
making it less enjoyable to fish.
||See the Patea River access
||All methods are legal. During
the summer in the upper section above the Lake Rotorangi there
is good dry fly and nymph water. Below the Patea dam that forms
the Lake, spinning and bait fishing are also popular.
||In the upper reaches use small
light tackle (weight 4 - 6 rods) while heavier gear is best
for the section below the dam.
flies: Bushy flies such as Humpy
or Royal Wulff,
can work well in the warmer months.
fly nymphs, creepers
(Dobsonfly larva) and roughly tied Hare
Small wet flies such as Bibio,
Glory or Invicta
can be effective especially in the evenings.
Black and gold
effective in both normal and low river flows.
in the season, a fly, creeper,
or worm suspended under a bubble float is recommended - adjust
the length of the leader to the depth of the water.
||Although not a tribuatary, Lake
Rotorangi is actually part of the Patea River and seprates it
into two distinct fisheries, is also worth exploring.
||Patea River upstream from Mangamingi
||1 Oct-30 Apr
||Artificial fly, spinner, bait
|Size limit (cm)
||Patea River downstream from
||1 Oct-30 Sept
||Artificial fly, spinner, baitArtificial
fly, spinner, bait
|Size limit (cm)