Arnold is a medium-sized holding a large population of medium sized
brown trout and some rainbows with a number of access points. An
alternative to shore fishing is to drift downstream in a boat. It is also open all year.
high concentration of brown trout mostly in the 2 -4lb range
and some rainbow trout.
Approximately 15 minutes drive
from Greymouth (15kms)
drains from Lake Brunner and flows northwards to join the Grey
river 15kms upstream from Greymouth. Approximately 13kms from
Lake Brumner is a small hydro electric power station. Above
this dam there are very high numbers of fish though fish numbers
are high throughout its length. A popular fishery.
has a tea-stained water and runs strongly over a gravel and
stone bed. For most of its 25km length the banks have a covering
of native bush or willows though there are also good open
stretches. The river is a mixture of deep and powerful glides,
deep pools and enticing riffles.
A lot of fishing on the Arnold needs to
be done from the bank because of the depth of water, its power
and the very slippery stones over which it runs. There are
many areas where anglers can wade however though the dense
bankside vegetation can be restrictive in places when moving
form one spot to the next. The river is usually fishable and
seldom colours up. Its population of trout make it a good
river for all skill levels. It is also both a very good spin
and fly water.
Access is via Arnold Valley
Rd which folllws the river for most of its course. See the Arnold
Small nymphs such as Hare
and Copper, Pheasant
Tails and Caddis
imitations all work well in sizes 12 - 14 work well. As the
water tends to be coloured, use darker coloured flies and
use enough weight to get them down near the bottom of the
Small wets such as Greenwell's
Beauty and March
Brown work well when fished sub-surface. These flies are
lethal when fishing the evening rise and seem particularly
attractive to the rainbow population.
bladed spinners (Mepps
or Veltic) or
Toby or similar patterns fished through the deep pools and
drawn as close to the bankside vegetation works well in this
river. Use darker colours such as green and black (though
as there are Rainbow trout present they will at times be tempted
by a flashier colour during the day).