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Feb 25th, 2019 at 9:10am
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People if you had one week in the South Island for trout fishing, where would you base yourself.  A week isn't long enough to do much moving around so if there was one place to park up for the week where would that be?
  
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Re: South Island Fishing
Reply #1 - Feb 25th, 2019 at 10:25am
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Re: South Island Fishing
Reply #2 - Feb 25th, 2019 at 9:37pm
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Hmmm, agree with Nomads... Athol, Lumsden or Lake Brunner also worthy contenders. Lumsden has sooo many rivers nearby it's crazy, hence why so many buy dedicated fishing shacks there.
  

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Reply #3 - Feb 26th, 2019 at 6:50pm
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Pam who runs the little camp ground has converted the old post office into accommodation, will do a great deal.
The brown trout cafe is open late for dinner (locally sourced venison sausages)
And Stus fly shop is across the road.

Its not really a question where, its when you go.
  

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Reply #4 - Feb 27th, 2019 at 8:46am
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Thanks guys, I guess my two best options were as you've suggested - Brunner and Athol/Lumsden area.

Nomads now I'm interested in your thoughts on WHEN? At the moment I'm thinking early season but what do you think?
  
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Re: South Island Fishing
Reply #5 - Feb 27th, 2019 at 1:24pm
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Nomad, Stu's Fly Shop is long gone.
Nakiman October November could be good but it was not so good this year with a lot of poor weather and high rivers. Try not to lock in your accommodation if you come at the start of the season as you may need to move on to find good fishing. If you come in February or March you will have to compete for river space with every Australian angler.
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Reply #6 - Feb 28th, 2019 at 8:03am
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Thanks Dave, that's good advice I had forgotten about the tourist swarm.  I wonder if the top of the south  - Brunner etc - gets as much pressure
  
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Reply #7 - Feb 28th, 2019 at 10:42pm
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Dave H makes good points and is a local....and i will grieve Stus fly shop. Cry

I'd still go south, early season or anytime before Christmas.  and if after, go back country.

So much water in the 5 rivers system, and the Aussies are mostly on the mataura stuck to their campers...

Whatever you do, let us know.

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Reply #8 - Mar 1st, 2019 at 8:40am
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Thanks guys I really appreciate your advice with this.  We'll make some plans and in fact I think we might have a place to stay at Waikaia so that's not too far away.

  
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Re: South Island Fishing
Reply #9 - Mar 1st, 2019 at 7:51pm
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Just passed through Lake Brunner. Had a shoreline fish but no cruising browns. Locals said there were cruisers during the cicada hatch. But because of the low water levels theyve gone deep.
The Arnold is very hard to access. Fished the Grey, massive bit of water blind fished the edge for 3 kms with no luck.
Had some good fishing in the Reefton area.
Fished the Inangahau,Waitahu and larrys river caught a good brownie in each, and lost a couple in the Waitahu.
I'am now in Hokitika. Fished the Hokitika and the Styx today. Caught a cracker of a brownie in the Styx. Great conditioned fish that went with the great condition of the river. What a nice stream.
Heading to Haast tomorrow. Will end up in Lumsdon at some stage.
So many rivers-so little time. Have to be back at work April 22, so still a little bit of time left.
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Re: South Island Fishing
Reply #10 - Mar 4th, 2019 at 7:29am
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An hour away from lumsden. Smiley
  

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Reply #11 - Mar 4th, 2019 at 9:48am
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Gidday Baz I'll be keen to get your thoughts on all of this once you're finished your trip, there's a whole lot of water in the big island that's for sure.
  
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Re: South Island Fishing
Reply #12 - Mar 4th, 2019 at 7:03pm
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Hi Nakiman.
Camped at Lumsden. Stopped on the way near Athol Stream and fished the Mautara. At last I got to wet a line in the magic river.
I caught up with another angler ahead of me which explained why the lack of fish and the odd spooked one.
As I write it's blowing a gale and raining but after a brief bit of rain the forecast is ok for the next few days.
Will have a look in the Oreti tomorrow.
Seems like the angling pressure has been high due to long periods of fine weather which has lowered water levels and increased temps.
And lots of tourists--including me. Wink
Will keep you in the loop Nakiman.
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Re: South Island Fishing
Reply #13 - Mar 5th, 2019 at 7:43pm
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nice work Baz, get into it.
There is a secret stream a little further north with a great hatch during the day.
PM me if you get no luck on the big water.
  

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Re: South Island Fishing
Reply #14 - Mar 5th, 2019 at 8:08pm
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Thanks Nomad. Appreciate the advice.
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