Ranging from the easiest of roadside access to the most difficult, isolated and rugged The Motu River can be as friendly or challenging of an angling experience as you’d like to make. Above the Motu Falls around the towns of Motu and Matawai the river meanders across farmland and offers an intimate sight fishing experience in close quarters to cruising very timid and wise browns. It is here that precise casting and practice of stealth are rewarded.
Below the falls and down on through the rugged Raukumara Ranges the river becomes one of the most difficult accessed parts off NZ and for this reason was the last place in the country to be mapped. Access to this section of river is by raft or helicopter, which can open up a massive system of tributaries waiting to be explored with both rainbows and browns present. The Motu River was the first river in NZ to be granted environmental protection against development in 1984 preserving this remarkable piece of water for future generations.
Winter / July
If you see another car or angler, give them at least a day’s fishing, there is a lot of other water available with roadside access if an angler drives an extra 5 minutes. Fish up from your point of entry, not walk down on top of another angler and fish back up. It can also pay to communicate with any angler you come across as to each parties intentions.
This an isolated area of NZ, take personal safety precautions, carry a GPS and PLB, if doing and overnight or multiple day leave a note on your car of your intentions.
Support the local Motu-vation café.
For best results utilise a professional guide. Not only will you maximise success, but you will learn the craft straight from the local experts.
Cory Scott Fly Fishing
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