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Hapuka River Trout Fishing

The Hapuka River is a slow flowing river that is best fished from a boat using fly or spinning gear.


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Fish type Brown trout with large sea run fish in the lagoon area
Situation Approximately 12 kms south of Haast township
Setting The Hapuka drains a swamy area and enters the Tasman Sea near the small coastal setting of Okuru.

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Description A slow moving river with tea coloured water that drains a lowland swamp area.
Fish numbers and size Reasonable numbers of fish can be expected especially in the estuary area.
Ease of fishing This river is difficult to fish for the shoreline angler due to the swampy conditions and the shoreline vegetation. It is easily fished from a small boat however.
Access Access to the lower reaches is from the Haast - Jackson Bay road. Most of the fishable section of the river can be accessed by a small row boat. See the Hapuka River access map.
Recommended lures

Nymphs: This is not ideal nymph water

Dry flies: Small winged patterns such as Greenwell's Glory, March Brown or Adams  or Royal Wulff can be effective on a warm summer evening,

Wet flies: Any smelt pattern such as a Grey Ghost, Yellow or White Dorothy, Yellow Rabbit or Doll Fly can be effective when the whitebait are running

Spinners: Spinners such as Gold or Silver Toby patterns are best.

Applicable to Hapuka River
Region West Coast >>>

Trout: All year

Salmon: 1 Oct-30 Apr

Methods Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Bag limit Total sportsfish: 2
Size limit (cm) No limit




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