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Mataura River

The Mataura is the second biggest river of the region. Except in the lower reaches, the water is essentially fly water and offers the ultimate to dry fly anglers. Good hatches of flies can appear on even the coldest days and a rise may take place even when the river is in spate.

Generally the Mataura and its tributaries fish well from the beginning to the end of the season. In Southland, we are blessed with very long days during summer, with bright daylight from 4 a.m. till 10 p.m. and the best hatches appear from daylight till about 8 a.m. and during warm summer evenings.

However, during recent seasons good hatches have appeared from 9 a.m. till mid-day, but during the hotter hours of the early afternoon the fish tend to stay deep. Both wet and dry flies will produce fish; and, in fact, there are anglers living in the area who practice only one method and who are entirely successful.


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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