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The Clinton River

The Clinton, which flows into the very head of Lake Te Anau, is one of Fiordland's most famous trout fishing rivers. The river shares its glacially formed valley with the first half of the Milford Track.

The Clinton is a large river in its lower reaches, with pool after deep pool holding very good numbers of brown and rainbow trout. Water depth can be difficult to gauge due to its tremendous clarity and the decision to wade this river must be taken carefully.

Whilst the Clinton has been described as a fly angler's paradise, the spin angler has ample opportunity too, but the Clinton trout, especially the browns, are extremely wily.


Information courtesy of and excerpted from
Southland Fish and Game Council's book
"Trout Fishing in Southland New Zealand"
an invaluable publication containing 90 pages
of river and lake information, maps, access
points and strategic recommendations.

This publication is available from:

Southland Fish & Game Council
P.O. Box 159
Invercargill, New Zealand
Phone: 64-3-214-4501
Fax: 64-3-214-4352


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