||The Crow River is designated a backcountry fishery requiring all anglers to obtain a backcountry licence.
||This river is located in the
heart of the Kahurangi National Park.
||The Crow River
rises in the Arthur ranges and flows west to join the Karamea
River. It flows through virgin bush country throughout its length
and is a beautiful scenic river to fish.
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|Fish numbers and size
are high though the avearge size is smaller than in the reat
of the Karamea system. Still fish in the 2-4lb mark can be expected
with some larger ones also being caught at times.
||The Crow flows through bush
over a shingle and stone bed. The waters are clear and trout
can easily be spotted in the long glides' riffles and pools.
A highly recommended river for the fishing purist willing to
put some effort into getting there.
|Ease of fishing
||The Crow is easy to wade and
to fish. Vegetation often comes down on both banks to the waters
edege but by wading most water can be covered.
way to access this river is by walking or is by walking or
helicopter. Several well marked and maintained tracks
lead into the area. Those wishing to tramp in can expect a
1 - 2 day walk.
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Small nymphs such as Hare
and Copper, Pheasant
Tails and Caddis
imitations all work well in sizes 14 or smaller.
Small flies such as Royal
Favourite and March
Brown all work well at all times of the day. Fish bushier
flies such as Coch-y-bondhu
and Humpy over
the faster water.
Small wets like Greenwell's
Brown and sedge
emerger patterns work well when fished sub-surface. These
flies are particularly effective when fishing the evening
bladed spinners (Mepps
or Veltic) fished
upstream into the faster water or through the deep pools are
best for this small river.
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||Trout: 1 Oct-30
Salmon: 1 Oct-30 Apr
||Artifical fly, spinner, bait
||Total sports fish: 2
|Size limit (cm)