Great access and options are the richness of the Ohinemuri system. Draining the hills surrounding the town with a 'heart of gold', following SH2 through the rich mining history of the Karangahake gorge to Paeroa where not far away it meets the Waihou river. Reasonable populations of both rainbow and brown trout and a few interesting tributaries will keep an angler busy exploring away from the main system. Find current river flow info HERE
Be sure to get some ideas and view some of the attractive water to explore in the clips below.
Autumn / May
This is a great system to fish with many options and is easily accessible. Be prepared to see many campers, trampers, mountain bikers and the odd other angler. Give respect and space to all other members of the public and water users.
During these warmer months, if the algae growth is forever catching your nymphs, shorten the leader or just fish a dry fly only.
There are some seriously deep dark pools, be prepared to fish blind with a heavy bomb nymph.
The upper reaches and tributaries flow over a lot of private land and working farms. Do the right thing, ask permission for access to some great water
The DOC camp at Dickies Flat is a great base. Central to most waters. Take a headlamp if walking downstream through the tunnel and check out the glow worms!
This is an awesome river to fish while other non-fishing members of your party explore the old gold mine tunnels, swing bridges, biking trails and some excellent places to eat and dine.
After a days fishing, catch a feed and cold drink at the Waikino Tavern, be prepared to travel back in time with local history and enjoy some great hospitality. https://www.waikinohotel.nz/
A mountain bike ridden through the Karangahake Gorge can open up access to a lot more water a lot faster than walking. There is a great track running all the way up to the town of Waihi
If short of time or wanting best fishing results. These best sections can be tricky to find and fish well without experienced local knowledge. Book a Pro Guide. New Zealand guides have fished these waters for years and will up your chances into success while offering a great Kiwi experience.
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