Moana at the southern end of Lake Brunner
The Orangipuku flows northwards
to enter Lake Brunner at Swan Bay at the southern end of the
lake. A short distance from the lake the river divides into
a number of small feeder streams that means the river has limited
water beyond this. Of these only Bruce Creek is worth fishing.
The lower reaches of the
Orangipuku are worth fishing especially late in the season
as trout move up the stream to spawn. The river flows over
a shingle and gravel bed through open land. There is good
access on from the bridge that leads to Mitchells. Fish are
easy to spot in the clear water and against the grey shingle
and rock bed. The most fish are in the section from the bridge
to the outlet at Swan Bay though there is also very good fishing
upstream from the bridge.
There can be very good fishing at the mouth of the river
where it enters that lake, again especially late in the season
as trout will congregate there waiting to move into the river
for spwaning. The river is wadeable but does discolour badly
Fish numbers and size
Resident fish numbers are low
though there can be good numbers of reasonable size fish early
and late in the season as the trout move in from the lake to
Ease of fishing
The lower reaches are easy to
fish with the middle and upper reaches having more appeal to
anglers who like to stalk fish in the clear waters.
Access is via Kumara - Inchbonnie
Road that takes you close to rivers entry into Lake Brunner
at Swan Bay.