Famous for sight fishing for large trout in exceptionally clear water, deep pools and a reputation for trophy fish. The Stony's reputation has eased slightly due to erosion in the headwaters but it still popular with locals and visitors. Containing both brown and rainbows of respectable size and when the water is clear the odd excellent fish gets landed. Best suited for the fit angler as there is a lot of scrambling over large boulders and some distance between runs. After a day climbing over rocks and in the water, the iconic Stony River Hotel looks very attractive.
Best fished after a dry spell, find river flow info here
Autumn / March
The Stony River is best suited for the physically fit and able angler. Large rocks over a vast landscape and deceivingly swift water.
Using barbless hooks increases the ease of releasing healthy fish fast without having any significant increase of lost fish. Also, a wading stick is not a silly idea. The rocks get extremely slippery!
Find the best vantage point for spotting fish. Preferably in the shade
For the most successful results within a short period of time, spend a day or two with an experienced guide. You will learn more about the local area and fishery and increase the chances of finding fish!
If you have not tried Cicada dry fishing techniques yet. Stop and listen for them. If you hear Cicadas, tie a pattern on. Note: remember to pause a second before setting the hook when you get a take!
Fly Fish Taranaki and Taupo