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.