The Dart is a remote and beautiful river that
flows into Lake Wakitipu at its northern tip. Despite its beauty
however, it is not a highly regarded river to fish though some of
its tributaries such as the Routeburn
do hold reasonable stocks of fish.
is a shingle bed river that is prone to flooding due to the
high rainfall in the area. The wide river bed is testimony
to the huge flows of water that can move down after heavy
rain. This combined with the snow and galcial melt makes it
poor habitat for a good population of fish. There is very
good fishing around the mouth where it and the nearby Rees
River enters Lake Wakatipu and some of the small tributaries
can also hold fish.
During the drier summer months some fish
move into the river from the lake and some of the tributaries
but this water is best appreciated for the scenery in which
you will be fishing rather than the the fishing itself.
This water is suited to both
spinning and fly fishing.
Rods capable of casting into
a strong wind which can blow down the valley at any time of
Big bushy weighted nymphs are best when there is colour in
Big bushy flies such as a humpy or Coch-y-bondhu or a blowfly
pattern during the warmer summer months.
Any large wet fly such as a Red Setter, Mrs Simpson or a Rabbitt