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Pohangina River

The Pohangina contains extensive gravel banks often lined with willows and other natives which provide pools and stretches of water with excellent cover for trout. Good trout numbers occur along the length of the river.

This is a particularly beautiful river running through a wide attractive and scenic valley.

 

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Fish type Brown and rainbow trout
Situation The Pohangina River rises in the western flank of the Ruahine Ranges and flows southward to join the Manawatu River at Ashhurst.
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Description

The Pohangina river is a major tributary of the Manawatur river and provides many kilometres of fishable water. In the upper reaches it is small and less accessible though there are good tracks along much of its length. The area can get quite windy at times making fishing challenging. Genrally fish can be spotted in the clear water.

The river flows over a gravel or hard rock bed between open farmland in the lower sections and through native bush in the upper reaches. Many sections have willow trees lining the banks which are favourite places for the fish especially during the summer months.

The river is a series of deep pools, long runs and riffles. It is relatively stable though can also rise very quickly in heavy rain. It clears quickly however, particularly in the upper reaches where the river mostly flows through native bush.

The middle and lower reaches are more braided and the ebst fishing is where the river flows through the deeper stable pools.

Fish numbers and size Fish numbers are good with some large fish present, particularly in the more remote upper reaches above the bridge on the Pohangina Valley road.
Access A road runs close to the river for much of its length though it is important to note that some of the river is in private ownership and farmers permission is required to cross their land. Several access points are mark along the road.
Methods Fly fishing is the preserred method though there is plenty of scope for the spin fiherman as well in the lower sections.
Recommended tackle Ideal rod sizes are weight 4 - 6 and light spinning gear.
Recommended lures

Nymphs: In the upper reaches weighted stoneflies and mayfly patterns such as Pheasant Tail and caddis patterns, and Hare and Copper in the lower reaches. In late summmer it is worth having a small willow frub pattern when fishing along the lines of willows in the middle and lower reaches.

Dry flies: Popular patterns include Royal Wulff, Adams, Blue Dun, Coch-y-Bondhu, beetle patterns (during the early summer) and cicada and cricket patterns late in the summer.

Wet flies / Streamers: In the lower reaches use smaller wet flies such as an Invicta, March Brown, Red Governor and Hardies Favourit especially in the evening and early morning such as Craig's Night-time and Scotch Poacher as it gets dark.

Spinners: Black and gold Toby's in the wider lower reaches and small bladed spinners such as Mepps or Veltic in the rapids and pools in the middle and upper reaches.

Tributaries There are a number of small tributaries such as Caot Creek which hold a numebr of fish early in the season.

Regulations

Applicable to Pohangina River upstream of the Piripiri Road Bridge
Region Wellington region regulations
Season 1 Oct-30 Apr
Methods Artificial fly, spinner
Bag limit 1
Size limit (cm) 450mm maximum
   
Applicable to Pohangina River upstream of the Totara Reserve Bridge to the Piripiri Bridge
Region Wellington region regulations
Season All year
Methods Artificial fly, spinner
Bag limit 1
Size limit (cm) 450mm maximum
   
Applicable to Pohangina River downstream of the Totara Reserve Bridge
Region Wellington region regulations
Season All year
Methods Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Bag limit 2
Size limit (cm) None
   
Applicable to Pohangina River tributaries
Region Wellington region regulations
Season All year
Methods Artificial fly, spinner
Bag limit 2
Size limit (cm) None

 

 

 

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