Mostly the stream runs quietly
over a stone bed and being sping fed tends to remain clean and
clear even after heavy rain. The water often carries a small
amount of colour and flows over a brown rocky riverbed which
can make spotting trout very difficult. The river also has a
large amount of river weed which supplies good food in the form
of auatic insect life and good cover for the trout during the
Fish numbers and size
There are very good numbers
of fish in the Bruce and they can reach impressive sizes for
this small river.
Ease of fishing
The fishing is easy for most
of this river as it flows over open farmland. It is wadeable.
Access is via Kumara - Inchbonnie
Road that takes you to a small side road that leads down to
the river near Swan Bay.
and Copper, Pheasants
Tails variants and any small straggly looking nymph in
small sizes (size 16 or even 18 preferred) work well. Some
weight may be required in the deeper and faster sections.
Small winged patterns such as Greenwell's
Brown or Adams
are all effective as trout rise freely on this river, especially
on warm summer evenings when ther can be a spectaular rise.
are effective in early summer and Cicada
patterns from late summer are very effective. Use bushy
flies in the faster water.