The region has fishing suitable for everyone. Within a 40 minute drive from Reefton there are twelve different river systems to choose from. The Inangahua River running along the back of town is easily accessable, it is a medium to large flowing river and has a good population of small to medium wild brown trout. North of Reefton the Waitahu is a low to medium flowing shallow river and Larry's Creek is known for its trophy brown trout.
If you feel like getting further out into the unique environment Lake Daniels is an easy three hour (one way) tramp with a DOC hut at the end if you want to stay at night (or more), this lake is renowned for its rainbow trout.
Don't want to head out on your own? Talk to one of the local guides who start from giving first timer's lessons on the local rivers and right up to if you want something really special helicoptering into a really remote area.
Fishing licences can be purchased in town at the Reefton Sports Centre, it's also worth calling in just to talk to owner Rosemary who is a keen fisher and has a wealth of knowledge on fishing in the region.
Where ever you choose to fish there is a good chance you will be the only angler on the riverbed.
Wilson's Riverview Angling
Bryan Wilson is a member of the New Zealand Professional Fishing Guides Associaton. Much of his life has been spent hunting the forests and fishing the streams that surround his hometown of Reefton and neighbouring districts. Transfer from CHCH and Nelson airports available.
Wilsons Riverview Angling
Phone: 027 245 8163
Learn and go flyfishing!
Trevor Johns, an experienced fly fisherman and casting tutor can show you how it's done.
The one day course includes:
- Personal tuition in fly casting
- Fly selection
- 'Reading' the river
- Fishing, catching landing/netting and releasing the wily brown trout.
- And much more!
Use your own gear or Trevor can supply the basics.
One day (eight hour) course is $100 per person includes 1 on 1 tuition, and practical experience on one of the Reefton area's many great trout rivers.
Buller Road, Reefton
Phone: 03 732 8420
Or call in at the Old Bread Shop, Backpackers