The Upukerora is a small
attractive stream that flows over a gravel and stone bed and
is an important spawning river for the Lake Te Anau . In the
lower reaches it holds mostly rainbow trout with a lower number
of brown trout in the upper reaches.
Despite its proximity to Te Anau town with its easy access,
it is a relatively un-fished water that can provide several
kilometres of wonderful fly water for those who enjoy the
challenge of fishing small streams. The banks are mostly clear
allowing good casting and the water generally runs clear allowing
fish to be spotted feeding in the well defined lies. It is
a mixture of fast water and good pools. There is plenty of
good cover for the fish and the river and the bankside vegetation
provides an excellent source of food.
Fishing can also be very good in the very lower reaches and
at the mouth where the river enters the lake. Towards the
end of the season large numbers of rainbow and brown trout
congregate around the mouth of the river in preparation to
move upstream to spawn.
north of Te Anau town centre, a bridge crosses the Upukerora
on SH 94. A gravel road on the town side of the bridge turns
upstream which gives good access to a number of good pools.
The best fishing requires some walking.
This is a delightful small stream
perfect for dry fly and light nymph fishing.
Light tackle is best. An 8 foot
6 or 9 foot rod capable of casting a weight 5 floating line
should be ideal. In the height of summer when the water is low
and clear a long leader is advisable.
Soft hackled flies such as a Gosling
worked across the faster water and through the riffles. Emerger
patterns are also good on this water either fished as
wee-wets or cast just ahead of a trout rising in the evening
and left to float downstream rather like a dry-fly.