A small tributary of the Motueka, the Dove provides good sight fishing early in the season though tends to become very small during the warmer summer months. The bed is mostly shingle interspersed with rocky outcrops and easily waded.
It is best fished in the first few kilometres upstream from the confluence with the Motueka. Here the river flows between high banks some of which are scrub covered making
access from the road difficult. Once on the river however it is generally easy to move along the stream though vegetation does grow along the banks for much of the fishable section (however this provides necessary cover for the fish).
Due to the small volume of water and its general clarity, great care must be taken to avoid spooking the fish.