river is a small very scenic river holding a small population of trout.
trout averaging around 1 to 1.5 kilograms.
||The Kaituna river rises in the
Wakamarama Range and flows south-west to join the lower reaches
of the Aorere River.
map with topography
topographic maps: 1:50,000 (260
at the Tasman District Council website of recent Aorere
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Tiver is a small bubbly stream flowing over a rocky bed through
native bush and, in the lower reaches, willow lined banks.
Its waters are generally tea-coloured from the forest that
it drains. It is easily wadeable and has a large number of
interesting pools interspersed by long riffles and glides.
The best fishing is to be found in the
lower reaches above the confluence with the Aorere river.
Upstream from the lower bridge, fish numbers are much fewer.
It is difficult to spot to fish in the water.
SH60, turn right into the Collingwood-Bainhan Main Road and
follow it across the Aorere River at Rockville Bridge. The
Collingwood-Bainhan Main Road runs parallel with the Kaituna
River for about 1.5km.
See the Aorere River access
are suitable for this river but spinning is properly best near
the confluence with the Aorere River.
to use light tackle due to the size of this river. As the water
is generally coloured, shorter leaders are practical. Rods capable
of casting lines around weight four or five are recommended
Small nymphs lightly weighted such as Hare
and Copper or Pheasants
Tail and Halfback
in sizes 12 to 16. (Due to the cover in the water is best
to use dark coloured flies and it is one small river where
using larger flies is sometimes warranted)
During the late summer lace
flies and cicada
patterns both work well when fished under the overhanging
vegetation. Throughout the rest of the year try may fly patterns
such as Twilight
Beauty and sedge
patterns such as a Goddards Sedge in the evening.
Small emerger patterns
such as March Brown, Invicta
Glory work well when fished through the faster water or
during the evening rise.
small bladed spinners such as a Mepps
or Veltic preferably
||Artificial fly, spinner, bait
|Size limit (cm)
||No size limit