This is very nice looking water on the town boundary of the city Christchurch. The fish are Brown mainly, with occasional salmon and sea run brown trout (very rarely), fish are typically small (1-2lb) with a chance of the odd one at 5lb. This water way is mostly fenced off along its over growing bank area, much of the bank is badly over grown and in many cases wading is necessary to make a cast possible. The area is prone to flooding as every time the Waimakariri has a fresh the creeks lower reaches can rise 6-8ft (close to 2m).
(Above the bridge)
From the dickeys road bridge up is where there is the best chance of big fish. It has much less fishing pressure than below the dickeys road bridge, you will need permission to cross farm land to fish much of this section.
(Below the Dickeys road bridge)
(A good spot to drop a beetle or cicada)
(A back water that will flow sometimes)
From the dickeys road bridge down, it’s common to see 3-6 anglers and fewer fish per kilometre than most rivers in the area. Early in the season as with most of the Canterbury Rivers, the streamer will fish best with whitebait and smelt imitations (not that other methods won’t work just the smelt and whitebait will be a larger part of the trout’s diet). As the season progresses nymphs, wets and dries will fish well with mayfly hatches and midge in the slower reaches and back waters.
(From here down the casting is easer and the angling presure is more)
(there were plenty of trees in the river after the heavy wind just been)
This is my least favourite water to fish, with the problems casting and stream side tangles. How ever as I now live closest to this river it is likely I will fish it much more (I have currently fished it 5 times).
On this ocassion I was on my way to the Waimakariri to check the rip out at the mouth of this river, where it meets the Waimakariri. Unfortunatly I was too late after the fresh and the river was too low, but still dirty if there was a run I had missed it (the fishing reports over the holidays is less than accurate). The fly was touching the bottom while I was swinging it through the rip, and along the bar. next time a fresh comes Ill triple the length of my sink tip (15-20ft at 10ips) and I think I will be able to cover the water well enough
I hope to get some pics of more of above the bridge at some stage