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Big Trout in the Wangapeka

Listed under Fishing in South Island, New Zealand.

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The crystal clear water and remote wilderness of the Nelson region make the Wangapeka river ideal for nymph and fly fishing. Adventurous anglers can head into the wilderness for areas where the largest trout like to hide, and beginners can spend the day in wadeable fishing areas, which are easily accessible. The average catch weighs about 4 lb, but the Wangapeka is known to have some of the largest brown trout in New Zealand. For nymph fishing, the local fishermen suggest using pheasant tail and stone fly nymph pattern lures. As for flies, a variety of wet and dry flies will attract a bite, but if you’re aiming for the big fish, experts say to use flies with a cicada pattern from mid summer.

Written by  Tara Fuller.

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