Weekly Fishing Report - 15th November 2018

  • Wellington
  • 15/11/2018
  • Wellington

Weekly Fishing Report -  15th November 2018

Staff are out and about in the field today, ranging and carrying out other compliance operations, so we’ve got an abridged report for you this weekend.

There is no commentary on conditions but the links provided will take you to the live updated flows and weather for the river and region you plan to fish.

If you haven't yet bought a licence, buy one online here and hook into the fantastic fishing that's been on offer so far this season. It really has been a sensational start this season.

The full Weekly Fishing Report service resumes next week.

Pictured above right: Andrew Harding into a good lowland Wairarapa brown last weekend (Credit: Andrew Harding)

Here's the outlook:

Hutt River and tributaries

Click here for live weather updates.

Click the highlighted links for live river flow information for the Hutt and Akatarawa rivers.   


Kapiti Coast

Click here for live weather updates.

Click the highlighted links for live river flow information for the Waikanae, the Otaki and the Ohau rivers.    



Click here for live weather updates.

Click the highlighted links for live river flow information for the Ruamahanga, the Waipoua, the Waiohine and Kopuaranga rivers.



Click here for live weather updates.     

Click the highlighted links for live river flow information for the Manawatu, the Pohangina, the Orua and the Mangatainoka rivers.



Click here for live weather updates.

Click the highlighted links for live river flow information for the Rangitikei and Hautapu rivers.             

 Video of the week

Click the screen-shot below and be inspired some beautiful Wellington backcountry fishing action.   


Tip of the Week - Brown Beetles

The Labrador pup has been having a ball on dusk the last few nights chasing hatching brown beetles around the front lawn. 

20181104 165852 edited CopyA dead brown beetle - Trout will be vacuuming these little insects at present (Credit: Hamish Carnachan)

You can be sure the trout are doing exactly the same. 

I know we run this 'tip' every year but we're just trying to give you a hint as to what the fish will likely be feeding on at this time of year. 

There are numerous beetle imitations that work - humpies and even Royal Wulff flies will do the trick. And trout dialed in on these insects generally aren't too fussy as long as the size and form is roughly the same as the natural. 

Remember, too, that the fish will feast on the dead beetles, and these are often found in large numbers in back eddies the morning after a warm still evening when a big hatch has lifted off.

If you're having trouble getting a take from a fish that is likely to be on brown beetles, try fishing one sunk just below the surface.         

By Wellington Fish & Game officer Hamish Carnachan.


We Need Your Eyes On The Water

P1090632 editedWorked recently carried out by Greater Wellington Regional Council in Wairarapa turning a meandering braided river into a lifeless channel.  

If you see any bad activity when you're out and about fishing the region's rivers, please take a photo and let us know what you've happened across. 

Recently an angler took some shocking images of stock in water (dead and alive) and the ghastly impact it was having on the water quality. A simple photo taken on the cell phone and details of where it was taking place has meant the matter can be followed with the local authorities. 

We're also interested in photos of atrocious river bulldozing like that illustrated above. There's no reason for rivers to be destroyed in this manner, in this day and age, particularly by the regional council which professes to be looking after the environment.

If you encounter any such activity please email the pics and details to us. 


 Click the screen shot below to go to Horizon's website showing the list of available river webcams.

Webcams edited

Notice board

  • Important changes to the regulations for the Rangitikei backcountry fishery come into force at the start of this season - click here for more. 
  • River bulldozing - Don't let this destructive activity by Greater Wellington Regional Council ruin your fishing. A schedule of river bulldozing in the region's rivers can be found here. Email Debbie.Kelly@gw.govt.nz to register your complaints with this practice. 

  • Ruamahanga access at Gliding Club (Greytown). Anglers are being directed to the Tilsen Road access.

  • We've just been advised of the flushing flows from the Moawhango Dam which will cause the rivers downstream (including the Rangitikei) to rise: 

    Water Released from the Dam Tuesday at 9pm:

    Wednesday 12 December 2018 – 9 hours

    Wednesday 30 January 2019 – 5 hours

    Wednesday 20 February 2019 – 5 hours

    Wednesday 20 March 2019 – 5 hours

    Wednesday 1 May 2019 – 5 hours


 Email Wellington Communications and Field Officer Hamish Carnachan if you'd like any fishing or freshwater-related items posted to this noticeboard.

​*This report was accurate at time of writing - please ensure you check the latest weather and river flow information before you head out on the water.

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