Stony river

Stony river

NZ's first protected river of significance. In past years has held an exceptional fishery and in the right conditions it offers classic technical sight fishing in water flowing cleaner, deeper, swifter than other waters flowing from Egmount National Park.

Local Knowledge

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

Fishing tips by Adam Priest

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!

Pro Guides

Fly Fish Taranaki and Taupo

Adam Priest

Guided Fly Fishing Taranaki provides expert professional guided fly fishing services in the Taranaki region and beyond to the famous waters of Taupo and Turangi. Your Guide Adam Priest is Taranaki's only accredited New Zealand Professional Fishing Guide Association (NZPFGA) member. Adam has over 27 years fly fishing experience and over 10 years guiding experience. Guided Fly Fishing Taranaki caters for all levels of anglers, from beginners to expert, and adheres to an audited health and safety plan. Adam grew up fly fishing Taranaki's rivers, streams and lakes and has spent much of his adult life fishing throughout new Zealand. He has also been a heli guide for the famous cedar lodge (Makarora, New Zealand) guiding many high profile clients. Experience the superb, unpressured trout fishery of the beautiful Taranaki region!

Lodges

Tackle Shops

Hunting and Fishing Taranaki

The Hunting & Fishing Taranaki team are as passionate about the outdoors as you are - See one of the best fly fishing retail sections in NZ, amongst everything else you need to be 'out there doing it'. Come down and visit the expert team the best gear and advice about our local waters.

https://www.facebook.com/nakihuntfish/

Ruben's Dainty Flies

Finding a local fly tier used to be tricky to find. Ruben Woodley-Rideout is now offering his dedicated fly tying services to the public. These wee flies will get you fishing with absolute confidence in the catching ability of all trout. Designed for one thing and one thing only to be eaten by trout in New Zealand! whether its a customized order, a few small testers to see whether you like them (I'm sure you will!) or some localized favorites for your home waters! These flies are tied with care on quality hooks and aredevastatingly effective... Contact Ruben today for inquires.

https://www.facebook.com/pg/Rubens-Dainty-Flies-111278053828839/photos/?ref=page_internal

Gorringe County Trout Flies

Quality locally tied trout flies made to order. Unconventional or old classics. Size, colour and weight. Anything and everything is an option.

https://www.facebook.com/Gorringe-County-Trout-Flies-428284257376278/

Experiences

New Zealand Surfing Adventures

New Zealand quite possibly may be the best place in the world to surf and fish in the same day! Compliment your fishing trip with some surfing in some uncrowded perfect waves. Travel to remote locations and secret surf spots with New Zealand's leading surf tour company FULL TIME KIWI SURF GUIDES EXPERIENCED LOCAL KNOWLEDGE 100% MOBILE WAVES GUARANTEED ISOLATED SURF SPOTS

http://nzsurfingadventures.com/

Stony River Hotel

A unique trout fishing region that holds many secrets and gets low angler pressure. On the river banks of the infamous Stony river and within a short drive to literally dozens of other systems to explore. Welcome to Taranaki's iconic 'Stony River Boutique Hotel' we offer authentic European hospitality, every Wednesday with live entertainment and international food with a modern Kiwi twist.

http://www.stonyriverhotel.co.nz/

Manganui Ski Area

If there is local opportunity to fish, ski or visit the amzing mount Taranaki on the same day, here it is! Manganui attracts trampers, boarders and skiers from throughout the North Island. It would easily have the highest ratio of boarders to skiers of any field in NZ, drawing from one of NZ's surfing dominated provinces. Naturally, its strongest followers are "The Naki" locals, who, with the solitary mountain towering above them, feel constantly drawn to its slopes. With some breathtaking views and tramps available it's a great option to break up any trip.
Upper Pembroke Road RD21

http://skitaranaki.co.nz/SMC/

Matt Quérée Photographer / Motion

Matt Quérée shoots for a range of clients and strives to deliver meticulous detail to each and every one of them. He currently splits his time between Auckland, New Zealand and Vancouver, Canada. Matt loves shooting on the water, fly-fishing backcountry streams and rivers and regularly shoots for fishing apparel and fly rod companies. He also enjoys off-piste skiing in the winter months and most of all spending quality time with his beautiful wife Ashlee. If you are after a professional photographer for your journey in New Zealand, contact Matt today.
matt@mattqueree.com

https://mattqueree.com/

Nau Mai New Plymouth Tours

Discover the best of what Taranaki has to offer with one of our incredible tour packages, or mix and match to create your own customised tour. Cruise the Coastal Walkway, Get ready for Surf Highway 45, Glorious Gardens of Taranaki, Hill Country Horse Trek, The Highlights Day Tour or Have It your Way – Custom Day Tours Nau Mai New Plymouth Tours will organise everything for you, with an itemised itinerary of what to expect.

https://www.newplymouthtours.co.nz/

Pukeiti Gardens

Trout angler or not, an excellent place to vist for young and old. Established in 1951 by Douglas Cook and recently recieving a 5 million dollar upgrade. The garden is located adjacent to the National Park-on the slopes of Taranaki. Wonder at the beauty of a world-class rhododendron collection within a rainforest and sense the history and learn the stories of the land. To view a recent news article https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/homed/garden/97044728/a-walkthrough-taranakis-pukeiti-garden-upgrade And the NPDC link: https://www.trc.govt.nz/gardens/pukeiti/
2290 Carrington Rd, New Plymouth

https://www.gardens.org.nz/taranaki-gardens/pukeiti/

Eat

Lahar Cafe

Pop in and check with the owner Laurent, an absolute frothing trout fishing angler who loves sharing his passion and local knowledge with his kids and friends. Cafe Lahar is a relatively obvious new contemporary addition to Surf Highway 45 in Okato. Outside you'll likely encounter local families catching up, surf-wagons of all shapes and sizes, and other coastal explorers, but it's inside the real magic happens, with a well-crafted hearty menu and wicked pizzas on Sunday nights

https://www.facebook.com/CafeLahar/

Stony River Hotel

A unique trout fishing region that holds many secrets and gets low angler pressure. On the river banks of the infamous Stony river and within a short drive to literally dozens of other systems to explore. Welcome to Taranaki's iconic 'Stony River Boutique Hotel' we offer authentic European hospitality, every Wednesday with live entertainment and international food with a modern Kiwi twist.

http://www.stonyriverhotel.co.nz/

Okato Four Square

We are a family operated one-stop grocery shop, located along the famous Surf Highway 45. Looking after our customers is our passion. On the shelf are delicious hot burgers, sandwiches and pies ready to go!

https://www.facebook.com/okatofoursquare/

Sleep

Stony River Hotel

A unique trout fishing region that holds many secrets and gets low angler pressure. On the river banks of the infamous Stony river and within a short drive to literally dozens of other systems to explore. Welcome to Taranaki's iconic 'Stony River Boutique Hotel' we offer authentic European hospitality, every Wednesday with live entertainment and international food with a modern Kiwi twist.

http://www.stonyriverhotel.co.nz/

Studio44

A 5-10min walk away from two unique fishing systems including the Stony river. Relax in this clean one bedroom studio located in the small village of Okato. A short 20 min drive South of New Plymouth. Located on Surf Highway this is a popular stay for anglers, surfers, travellers and those needing a simple place to rest their head.

https://www.airbnb.co.nz/rooms/16569004?location=okato&s=r1ZREJxw