Clubs help with­hook­ing re­gion’s trout


You do not have to go to Taupo to catch qual­ity trout.

That’s the word from Hutt Val­ley Angling Club pres­i­dent Ross Good­man.

The re­gion’s best trout rivers in­clude Hutt, Wainuiomata, Otaki, Ruama­hanga and Ran­gi­tikei.

Good­man said there were many ad­van­tages to join­ing a club, es­pe­cially learn­ing how to fish a river like the Hutt River.

‘‘Fly fish­ing has a com­pletely dif­fer­ent lan­guage, a dif­fer­ent way of fish­ing. The hard­est thing for us is keep­ing new mem­bers be­yond a year be­cause a lot will not catch a fish for two or three years. They are used to go­ing to a wharf and catch­ing fish.’’

It takes skill to learn how to cast and know­ing what fly works in a par­tic­u­lar river and that is where a club can help.

New mem­bers are teamed up with a buddy and reg­u­lar clin­ics pro­vide train­ing on the al­limpor­tant art of cast­ing.

Un­less you know how to cast cor­rectly, the chances of catch­ing fish were slim, he said.

Cost is also a ma­jor is­sue for as­pir­ing fish­er­men. A ba­sic set of gear – a good rod, waders, strong boots, a net – can set you back $2000.

That is a lot of money and if you de­cide chas­ing trout is not for you, it is wasted.

The club helps new mem­bers with gear and has a good re­la­tion­ship with lo­cal fish­ing re­tail­ers.

Over­all, how­ever, what the club did best was of­fer years of ex­pe­ri­ence, he said.

A lot of the mem­bers are over 65 and know what fly works on a river, where to look for fish and how to land it, once hooked.

Lo­cally, the Hutt River of­fers the best fish­ing but he warned it was not easy.

‘‘It is dif­fi­cult to fish be­cause it is mostly browns and they are


The Hutt Val­ley Angling Club meets at 12 King St, Up­per Hutt, on the sec­ond Mon­day of ev­ery month. Con­tact John Olds - 04 934 4150

The club will pro­vide newmem­bers with the gear needed to make a start.

Mem­bers reg­u­larly or­gan­ise trips to pop­u­lar fish­ing des­ti­na­tions in­clud­ing Taupo.

There is also a Welling­ton based club, the Welling­ton Fly fish­ers Club. Which meets on the first Mon­day of ev­ery month, in the Tararua Tramp­ing Club, Mon­crieff St, Mt Vic­to­ria. hard to catch. Once you have learned to fish there, you can fish any­where.’’

An av­er­age trout there weighs 1.5 kg and he said there were more fish in the river than peo­ple re­alised.


A fly fish­er­man on the Hutt River, near Melling.

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