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Waikanae River Trout Fishing

Despite its short course, the Waikane offers a diverse range of fishing opportunities. It is a beautiful river that is easy to fish.


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Fish type, number and size Brown trout including a few big sea run trout. Floods can affect fish stocks causing trout numbers to vary from year to year.
Situation A short river that runs west from the bush clad hills of the Tararua Ranges to the coast near Waikanae on the Kapiti Coast.

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River flow and water temperature

View graphs at the Greater Wellington Regional Council website of recent Waikanae River flow and water temperature at:
- Waikanae (middle reaches)



View graphs at the Greater Wellington Regional Council website of recent rainfall at:
- Waikanae

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The upper river is beautiful with stable pools but holds relatively few trout.  The river wanders through patches of native rewarewa and tawa. The middle and lower reaches are very pleasant and hold moderate numbers of good fish with a few big sea run specimens.

Early in the season the best fishing is above the railway bridge and below Reikorangi. In summer when the water level falls, the most productive water is between Otaihanga and the water treament weir.


Upper reaches: From the Upper Hutt to Waikanae road through the Akatarawa Gorge.

Middle reaches: From Otaihanga

Lower reaches: Reikorangi Road from Waikanae

See the Waikanae River access map and the list of access points.

Recommended lures

Nymphs: Weighted stoneflies , mayfly   (throughout the season) and caddis patterns (from early summer). And of course the ubiquitous Hare and Copper is always a good standby, particularly when tied in a dark and rough pattern.

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: Use small wee-wets such as March Brown, Red Governor and Hardies Favourite.

Spinners: Small bladed spinners such as Mepps or Veltic  fished deep in the rapids and pools.

Applicable to Waikanae River
Region Wellington region regulations
Season 1 Oct-30 Apr
Methods Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Bag limit 1 trout
Size limit (cm) Maximum 450cm
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