This medium sized river and it's tributaries can be an anglers ultimate experience and also a place of crushed dreams. With accessible water over a long distance and holding fish of significant size. A skilled angler can have multiple opportunities at large fish while at the same time be humiliated by the same fish simply drifting away or if one is lucky, have their gear tested by the sheer power as a hooked fish dives deep with exceptional power and force. This is a true wild fishery and should be treated as one. Catch and release is strongly encouraged with every fish no matter what size.
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Note: Early 2017 the area was devastated by major flooding, please remember this is a wild fishery and to practice catch and release to prioritise the sustainability of the fishery.
Winter / July
There are limited angler access points on the Ruakituri, and while the road follows the river most of the way many of these properties are private, please seek permission from land owners at nearby farm houses before crossing their land.
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.
Take time to revive your catch by holding them face forward in moving oxygenated water, do not release into slow deep pools, they will more than likely swim off only to turn upside down out of your reach.
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.
For best results utilise a professional guide. Not only will you maximise success, but you will learn the craft straight from the local experts.