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Old 17-04-2017, 02:17 PM
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A friend and I spent the month of Jan in the south island on our trip of a lifetime.Planned a year in advance, there was a 10 month period where we could not win a single argument with the wives.
We chose 5 separate bases to provide a variety of flavors of the fishing on offer.We fished rivers, spring creeks and some lakes in a variety of settings
It took us a while to get our eye in on the fish spotting, and we were at times spectacularly unsuccessful.
The fishing was challenging, rewarding and very physical. Some of the back country terrain was hard going.We spent two days on Larry's creek where we hiked for 8 hours a day, spent 20 minutes casting at 6 fish and caught nothing.Tough stuff

I cannot describe how beautiful the place is, it needs photos for that

We started at flockhill station 90 minutes east of Christchurch.We fished the broken river ,winding creek and lake hawdon. Day one we fished hawdon and landed three great trout between 6 and 7.5lbs .That opening spoilt us as we then struggled on the local rivers.
we caught several fish each day, nothing spectacular with fish to 4lbs , but a great introduction in amazing surroundings.Covering rainbows to 7 lbs in a tiny spring creek was amazing


During the trip we had temperatures from 26 degrees down to a bloody cold 7 degrees during the day with wind, rain and sunshine

We moved to Reefton where for 4 days we had our arses spanked on Larry's creek, the grey river, the rough river ,
the little grey.Lots of miles covered, saw 4 very large trout each day and failed to catch them.Some were not feeding, some we spooked, tough going.

We pulled out of Reefton and hit the west coast, staying at hokkitikka.140'mm of rain overnight flooded every river for 100 miles .
We fished lake Mapourika.Slow starting until we found fish feeding at the mouth of a creek.We landed a number of cracking fish to 6 lbs
The following day we fished a spring creek the waitangataona that had fined down enough to fish,where we landed trout to 5 lbs and spooked some much larger fish

We moved down to Otago, where we stayed in Cromwell and fished with a guide ronan creane.We went big fish fishing on the Nevis on day one.While we failed to catch, we hooked and lost some good fish, and covered two enormous trout.We spooked those without doing much wrong.
Day two we fished the upper mataura.Here the guide really payed off as we fished water we would never have looked at twice.These trout would sit in water barely deep enough to cover their backs and right tight on the bank.
We caught some nice fish and learned our lessons.Size 18 pheasant tails were the pattern of choice, with 14 and 16 being ignored.
We relocated to Mossburn campsite and had 5 great days fishing on the mataura.We caught many fish to 5 lbs and I was broken by a fish that looked to be 8 or 9 lbs in a sunken tree

There were willow grubbing trout about but despite a number of takes we failed to really crack these fish.If you're grub was the wrong shade or color, you could cover rising fish all day without putting them down

From Mossburn, we to went to Mackenzie country.We fished spring creeks, lake Benmore and the amazing ahuriri lagoons.
We caught a heap of fish in the mud flats at the top of lake Benmore.Great sight fishing with size 14 damsel patterns to trout cruising in knee deep water.None especially large to about 4 lbs but great fishing.These fish had more and sharper teeth than any trout I'd seen before
The ahuriri lagoons have to be seen.Sight fishing for trout up to 10lbs in crystal clear waters in astonishing surroundings.Challenging fishing but we each caught trout over 6lbs and were broken or lost larger fish.Again, damsel patterns were the choice

Key learning from the trip,a guide is worth the expense.We would have missed a lot of fishable water that no Irish trout would have sat in

Casting long leaders, practice makes perfect

Really good boots are a must.We covered some very tough terrain

We met one angler in the ahuriri lagoons.The mataura had plenty of anglers but everywhere else we saw no one

Last learning, if your thinking of a first trip, go.Very special place

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Old 17-04-2017, 04:17 PM
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Rented a small motor home; best two months of my life. A couple of days 'camping,' then into a 'Bed and Breakfast' home. Changed that to 'all in' for the day/night.

Couple of years later ... at my door.

Two lived with me as they went to University. One met a local fellow ... ... happy campers as they drove off in my motor home. Back a couple of months later ....last I heard they had two rug rats

Long walk with people who were afraid. Holding a hand,0300'ish ... "walk with me." No sound other than breathing. "Am I safe?"

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Old 17-04-2017, 09:28 PM
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Great report which summed up the nature of the fishing extremely well. I went in February for the second time and had very similar experiences. It truly is a magical place but the fishing can be challenging .But what a great place to blank and a place every angler should visit .
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Super post Kev! Exactly what I needed to read on a bank holiday Tuesday!

See you in a week or two on Derg!

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A friend and I spent the month of Jan in the south island on our trip of a lifetime.Planned a year in advance, there was a 10 month period where we could not win a single argument with the wives.
We chose 5 separate bases to provide a variety of flavors of the fishing on offer.We fished rivers, spring creeks and some lakes in a variety of settings
It took us a while to get our eye in on the fish spotting, and we were at times spectacularly unsuccessful.
The fishing was challenging, rewarding and very physical. Some of the back country terrain was hard going.We spent two days on Larry's creek where we hiked for 8 hours a day, spent 20 minutes casting at 6 fish and caught nothing.Tough stuff

I cannot describe how beautiful the place is, it needs photos for that

We started at flockhill station 90 minutes east of Christchurch.We fished the broken river ,winding creek and lake hawdon. Day one we fished hawdon and landed three great trout between 6 and 7.5lbs .That opening spoilt us as we then struggled on the local rivers.
we caught several fish each day, nothing spectacular with fish to 4lbs , but a great introduction in amazing surroundings.Covering rainbows to 7 lbs in a tiny spring creek was amazing


During the trip we had temperatures from 26 degrees down to a bloody cold 7 degrees during the day with wind, rain and sunshine

We moved to Reefton where for 4 days we had our arses spanked on Larry's creek, the grey river, the rough river ,
the little grey.Lots of miles covered, saw 4 very large trout each day and failed to catch them.Some were not feeding, some we spooked, tough going.

We pulled out of Reefton and hit the west coast, staying at hokkitikka.140'mm of rain overnight flooded every river for 100 miles .
We fished lake Mapourika.Slow starting until we found fish feeding at the mouth of a creek.We landed a number of cracking fish to 6 lbs
The following day we fished a spring creek the waitangataona that had fined down enough to fish,where we landed trout to 5 lbs and spooked some much larger fish

We moved down to Otago, where we stayed in Cromwell and fished with a guide ronan creane.We went big fish fishing on the Nevis on day one.While we failed to catch, we hooked and lost some good fish, and covered two enormous trout.We spooked those without doing much wrong.
Day two we fished the upper mataura.Here the guide really payed off as we fished water we would never have looked at twice.These trout would sit in water barely deep enough to cover their backs and right tight on the bank.
We caught some nice fish and learned our lessons.Size 18 pheasant tails were the pattern of choice, with 14 and 16 being ignored.
We relocated to Mossburn campsite and had 5 great days fishing on the mataura.We caught many fish to 5 lbs and I was broken by a fish that looked to be 8 or 9 lbs in a sunken tree

There were willow grubbing trout about but despite a number of takes we failed to really crack these fish.If you're grub was the wrong shade or color, you could cover rising fish all day without putting them down

From Mossburn, we to went to Mackenzie country.We fished spring creeks, lake Benmore and the amazing ahuriri lagoons.
We caught a heap of fish in the mud flats at the top of lake Benmore.Great sight fishing with size 14 damsel patterns to trout cruising in knee deep water.None especially large to about 4 lbs but great fishing.These fish had more and sharper teeth than any trout I'd seen before
The ahuriri lagoons have to be seen.Sight fishing for trout up to 10lbs in crystal clear waters in astonishing surroundings.Challenging fishing but we each caught trout over 6lbs and were broken or lost larger fish.Again, damsel patterns were the choice

Key learning from the trip,a guide is worth the expense.We would have missed a lot of fishable water that no Irish trout would have sat in

Casting long leaders, practice makes perfect

Really good boots are a must.We covered some very tough terrain

We met one angler in the ahuriri lagoons.The mataura had plenty of anglers but everywhere else we saw no one

Last learning, if your thinking of a first trip, go.Very special place

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Old 18-04-2017, 11:59 AM
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You did well to get 5 days fishing on the Mataura whilst in Mossburn! We were over in Te Anau for 10 days around mid- to late Jan and for most of the time the Mataura, Oreti, Aparima, etc were completely shot. At times you wouldn't have known it was summer!!!
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We had free use of a boat on Te Anua so we could access the rivers running in to the lake. Because of the aforementioned weather, that was cancelled . It did, however, give us the opportunity to helicopter in to the back country further up north of the South Island . This was a great experience living in a DOC hut for three days and then "coptered " out from the river.
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This is an interesting topic guys. I'm planning a trip for feb 2018 so thanks for posting.

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Yeah as above, my mate and I plan on going next year too - cant wait to hook into some of them monsters - landing it might be a different thing though
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Great report thank you.
I am planning on going with my wife from mid Jan to mid Feb next year. We are thinking of a camper van trip and touring around getting as much fishing in as possible along the way. I am just researching now and there are some variables to be sorted:
1. What fishing tackle - rods / sizes etc to take
2. What clothes / gear to take
3. Best specific locations to go fishing
4. Top touristy things to do / places to go.
5. CAN'T WAIT

And your report is inspiring
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