However, with different types of waters available, pinpointing the Perfect River or lake can be a daunting task, some believe it’s sheer luck. A river or water body may possess the pedigree but turn out to be a waste of time and efforts. Yet this same river may turn out to be the best one ever for the next visitor. Also, there are cases where a river may fish well in the southern part and be the direct opposite in the northern reaches.
Chatting with our keen fishing caravan crew, these are a few amazing fishing spots to check out in New Zealand;
Motueka River – Nelson
The Motueka river is a beautiful spot with a high density of 2 to 5 pound browns, quality hatches with easy wading and walking. If you happen to be a newbie to fly fishing or perhaps this is your first trip, trust me you wouldn't find an easier spot to start your fishing trip with.
Eglinton River - Fiordland
From the point where it leaves Lake Gunn to the spot where it joins up with Lake Te Anau, the beautiful and magnificent Eglinton River is a delightable fishing spot for both browns and rainbow plus it will take at least a few days to fish the entire stretch. And if perhaps you get that feeling that you are fishing in a park, it’s because you are actually in a park, yeah, the Fiordland National Park. Just close to Te Anau is a perfect place to base yourself and there are cool rivers in all directions as well.
Mataura River - Southland
Situated just around and above the Gaston hamlet to well below Gore, the Mataura River has to be the most popular river in Southland. It’s got a smooth topography, awesome tributaries, quality hatches and an impressive number of fishes swimming in the river. The Matuara River has been patronised by generations of fish enthusiasts and anglers with most deciding to fish nowhere else ever since their first visit.
Buller River - Nelson and West Coast
The Buller just as the name may suggest is a massive and formidable river entering the Tasman sea at Westport. Upstream and above some of its bigger tributaries, the Buller river runs through the fishy towns of Murchinson and St. Arnaud. If you prefer fishing smaller flows you can head further upstream, being fully aware that the summer nor ’westers will always be on your trail.
Tongariro River - Central Plateau
Already well known for creeks that enter it from Lake Taupo, the Tongariro river has a lot to offer than what meets the eye at first glance. Summer fishing is perfect for both resident trout and fat lake fish that find their way into the river. The opportunities are endless, you will also appreciate being able to fish larger rubber legged dry flies and heavier tippets. Talkless of the scenery, it’s absolutely breathtaking.
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