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Experience New Zealand Fly-fishing in the Uncrowded Waterways of Omarama
Sourced from the snowfields of the Southern Alps the Ahuriri River flows through the township of Omarama and into Lake Benmore providing fly fishers and other anglers with an extensive range of fishing conditions for wild rainbow and brown trout.
In the upper reaches of the Ahuriri River is the Ahuriri Conservation Park which is open to all anglers. This is well known for being home to a number of trophy trout (up to 4.5 kg) for those prepared to stalk the pools of this remote area. Below the park access is through private property so it is essential to ask permission from land owners.
Good stocks of rainbow and brown trout
Once on the Omarama plain, the river becomes extensively braided passing through tussock and lupin flats with willows lining some of the banks. There are good stocks of rainbow and brown trout averaging about 1.5 kg especially from the SH 8 bridge down to Lake Benmore and the river delta area.
A short drive to the Waitaki River and Benmore and Aviemore lakes also provide angler’s with areas that hold good trout as well as sea run Chinook salmon.
Close to Wanaka, Queenstown and Mt Cook
The township of Omarama in the McKenzie Country is and ideal stopover between the more tourist oriented areas of Wanaka and Queenstown and Mt Cook. There are café’s and a supermarket with a campground, hotels and a traditional New Zealand farmstay all within walking distance to town.
Because of the presence of the invasive alga didymo in these waters, anglers must clean their fishing gear including waders and boots, especially when moving between rivers. Felt soled boots are not permitted.NZ Fishing is a great resource. The site provides a list of regulations as well as access information, maps, seasonal licensing dates as well as suggestions for lures and flys for fishing in the area. Please respect private property in the area and ask for permission from landowners.