|Fish type, number and
trout in good numbers with an average size of around 3lb. This
river receives little pressure from anglers and so can be very
productive. A few salmon are also present in the river though
these are not common and mostly escapees from the salmon farm.
is a small river that flows from the Tasman mountains and across
farmland to join the Takaka river. The lower reaches are only
about 10 minutes from Takaka and 45 minutes from Motueka.
map with topography
topographic maps: 1:50,000 (260
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weather forecast for Nelson.
at the Tasman District Council website of recent:
Anatoki river flow
weather forecast for Motueka.
Bay access pamphlet
offers excellent dry fly and nymph fishing for the browns
that live in it. It flows in a gentle gradient over a mostly
shingle bed through a farmed valley and the water generally
remains clear. There is good vegetation cover in parts providing
an excellent trout habitat.
The lower reaches offer easy fishing over
open land. Much of the river can be waded.
limited public access from side roads off SH60 (the Takaka
to Motueka road) and Long Plain Road. Getting to the upper
reaches requires some walking.
See the access
Tail variant or Hare
and Copper (sizes 16 or even smaller) work well.
patterns (in early summer) and cicada
patterns (from mid summer) during the day and Twilight
Beauty and Dad's
Favourite for the evening rise. Fish will often be seen
rising during the day but require evry delicate and accurate
casting to fool them.
and Red Tipped Govenor fished sub-surface work well, especially
in the evening.
bladed spinners such as Mepps
October - 30 April
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|Size limit (cm)