Just a few minutes north of our ranch, the headwaters of the Mohaka River drains the Kaimanawa and Kaweka forests flowing south-east before merging the Pacific Ocean in the Northern Hawke’s Bay region. A diverse range of trout angling opportunities are available on the Mohaka. The river holds a good population of quality healthy rainbow and brown trout with many of trophy size. Trout vary in size with an average of 1.5 kg (3 ½ lbs). On the other hand, larger fish tip the scales at over 4 kg (9lbs)!
The Mohaka River drains a considerable area of land. The upper reaches and its many tributaries flow through around 20 km of remote native bush. This provides top-quality wilderness fishing for a good population of large, mostly brown trout. The Mohaka River is suitable for all types of fishing. The most popular and productive method is using a nymph. Although, there’s plenty of opportunity for the wet fly fisherman and those wishing to pursue trout with a dry fly.
There is also excellent spinner fishing opportunities throughout the length of this river. For serious anglers wishing to venture further afield, there are other celebrated rivers for fishing within the region. These include the Tutaekuri, Ngaruroro, Waipawa, and the Tukituki.