Re: Prospecting a new River, Discovering the Awatere


With heavy rain due today, I decided to head out last night for a evening spin fish on the mighty Awatere.  Arrived around 7pm and quickly selected a couple of larger lures. The river had cleared up quite nicely, maybe even clearer then before the flood.

Had one trout follow my lure in the first, just a dark glimpse but looked around 2lb.  Things got interesting further upstream, at the bottom of quite a fast rapid had a strike and landed a small trout. My biggest one from the Awatere so far.

Nearly ever second cast into the rapid either got a follow or strike. Had another small trout on which spat the hook on its second jump. In that rapid was at least two trout over 1kg. All up I managed to get interest from 7 different fish. There might have been more, but the lure kept on snagging slime which felt a bit like a strike.

Further upstream I got the occasional follow, strike and one more landing but the fish were typically small.  I fished the same section earlier with the fly rod and only saw a single flounder.

Also looks like I have a bit of competition on the Awatere, saw these in the soft sand. Any of you gear freaks can identify the type of boots? My guess is gumboots.

The local farmers irrigate quite heavily from the Awatere, the minimal flow is enough to keep a good flow but they do have a habit of digging channels to bring water to their pumps. These channels do spread out the water making the main channel shallower and more braided then it otherwise would be. They probably do not have a massive impact, but I did see more trout when all the water was going down the single channel….

The photo below shows where two channels have been dug to divert the flow towards the pumps.