D'Urville is a true backcountry river that provides anglers
with a real challenge. While the water can be discoloured
early in the season, it is mostly clear and runs over a wide
gravel bed with little overhanging vegetation. Fish can be
easily seen especially in sunny conditions.
Once on the river, it is an easy river
to walk and cast to visible fish. The fish however are also
typical wary backcountry fish that can prove to be a real
challenge to catch. Great stealth and finesse is required
to ensure success.
Fish numbers and size
are good though they are challenging to catch in the clear river.
They are mostly in the 4 -5lb range.
access to this river is either by boat or water
taxi, or by walking in from the small settlement of Rotoroa
at thenorthern end of the
lake. It is a 5-6 hours walk from Rotoroa settlement or 30
minutes by boat.
of the water and the size and the size of the trout on this
river requires the use of tackle that is capable of delicate
presentation yet has the power to tame a large fit fish in
a powerful current. Rods need to be in the weight 5 to 7 range.
Floating lines in very neutral colours
are required to avoid spooking the fish
Long leaders (15 feet is a minimum) with
a 3kg fluorocarbon tippet (these are big fish!)
Dry flies:Cicada patterns
are very effective from late summer and beetle patterns work
well in early summer. Otherwise use small flies of the Blue
Wulff or March
Brown type flies. In the more boisterous water use large
visible palmered flies, especially in the hotter months when
the river is low and very clear.
Small wets like Greenwell's
Brown and emerger Sedge patterns such as Invicta
work well when fished sub-surface. These flies are lethal
when fishing the evening rise
bladed spinners (Mepps
or Veltic) fished
into the faster water or through the deep pools or into the
faster rapids are best for this river. As there are rainbow
trout in the D'Urville it is often useful to try flashier
colours such as red and gold patterns when spinning.