Fishing from Methven

Methven is centrally located to a wealth of fly fishing, the below rivers and lakes are mostly within a day trip range from town. There are Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Brook Trout and Salmon within the area. This list is not a complete list and information is of a general nature as fisheries do change from year to year, and I haven't name the smaller more sensitive streams, simply to name everything risks them being thrashed, so you'll still need to do your home work also, which after all is part of the fun. The google map at the bottom of this page is a useful tool

Starting from the north



  1. Ashley River
  2. Waimakariri River
  3. Selwyn
  4. Rakaia River and Tributaries
  5. Ashburton River and Tributaries
  6. Rangitata River and Tributaries
  7. Orari River
  8. Temuka River and Tributaries
  9. Opihi River and Tributaries


  1. Lake Marymere: Small ideal for sight fishing
  2. Lake Hawdon: Small ideal for sight fishing
  3. Lake Sarah: Ideal for Wet Flies
  4. Lake Grasmere: Good for a float tube/boat
  5. Lake Pearson: Good access to a productive lake
  6. Lake Lyndon: Popular, good access, Rainbow fishery
  7. Lake Lilian: Small ideal for sight fishing
  8. Lake Henriette: Small, limited shore line, mostly Rainbows
  9. Lake Self: Scenic with nice fish taken at times Browns and Rainbows
  10. Lake Evelyn: Good for a float tube/boat
  11. Lake Ida: Nice
  12. Lake Monk/Catherine: Small ideal for sight fishing. Browns and Rainbows
  13. Lake Georgina: Very accessible
  14. Lake Coleridge: Vast lake, lot of boat fishing, Salmon and Trout, river mouths offer oportunities
  15. Lake Heron: Medium Size, fishes well, sight fishing in places. Browns and Rainbows
  16. Maori Lake: Some good fish at times
  17. Lake Emily: Brook Trout
  18. Lake Roundabout: Very Small
  19. Lake Emma: Lots of waterfowl means the water is coloured, good fish number generally
  20. Lake Clearwater: Good for stalking edges, take plenty of Black Gnats!
  21. Lake Camp: Small, good access and a Rainbow fishery, power boats use this lake

To the North

  1. Hurunui River and Tributaries
  2. Waiau River and Tributaries
  3. Clarence River and Tributaries

To the South;

  1. Tekapo River

Other Useful links;

Metservice Canterbury High Country Forecast

North Canty River Flows

South Canty River Flows