The Greenstone River is
a medium sized spawning river for Lake Wakatipu. The upper
and middle reaches flow for about 16km through an airy broad
valley. The middle reaches has an excellent variety of runs,
ripples and pools, most of which hold fish. Long casting is
not required and a #6 weight line is adequate for most occasions.
Northwesterly winds can at time hinder anglers, but can be
countered with weight-forward lines.
The most productive and easiest water to fish lies upstream
from the Pass Burn as the fish are easy to spot and stalk.
Before Christmas fish stocks are excellent and walking and
casting are easy. Rainbow trout average 1.4kg, with the odd
brown slightly larger.
Below the Pass Burn the river becomes more difficult to fish
due to its rocky gorges and fast runs. For agile, active anglers,
it's well worth the look.
Below the Caples confluence, the river becomes considerably
larger, with the mouth offering good lure fishing.
In November nymph fishing is popular, but several anglers
also enjoy success with a dry fly. Throughout the season green
stonefly, mayfly and caddis fly imitations are all good nymph
patterns, but some anglers have the most success with Hare
and Copper and Pheasant Tail.
Rainbow trout dominate the river and are most abundant during
the spring, but as the season wears on many of these fish
emigrate to Lake Wakatipu and return the following year to
A backcountry licence is now required to fish the Greenstone
River upstream of the swingbridge at the rivers mouth where
the river enters Lake Wakatipu and all tributary streams entering
the Greenstone including the Caples River.