Broken River

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Broken River

Post by benji28 » Wed Nov 27, 2019 8:32 am

Hi everyone,

Where is the best place to access Broken River in the Canterbury High Country? Will be driving over from the West Coast.

Anyone been fishing there as of late and how did you get on?


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Re: Broken River

Post by Maniototoflyfisher » Wed Nov 27, 2019 7:56 pm

Hi Rachel - Welcome to the Forum. Can't help you with information about Broken River (never been there) but don't expect many (any) replies unless someone PMs you. There's a convention on here that rivers aren't named - the fishing pressure on lots of rivers is extreme and with the numbers of guests trolling here it's easy to see it getting worse if we name our "special waters". Have fun if you get there.
Regards David

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Re: Broken River

Post by flyfish » Thu Nov 28, 2019 5:33 pm

Best to buy John Kent's "South Island Fishing Guide" from a bookshop as a starting point for access and basic info...

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Re: Broken River

Post by Andy W » Fri Nov 29, 2019 6:47 am

I will tell ya, as its a mission best left for someone else.

If you don't have a jet boat, then there are only 2 ways in - down Craigieburn Road from Cass or walk down from SH73.

Of the 2, down Craigieburn Road is the easiest way to get directly to the river, but it involves 20 something gates to open and close.

Walking in from SH73 is now difficult since access on Flock Hill was closed off by a deer fence following the filming of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

Haven’t fished it for 5 years. Since TLTWATW was filmed Cave Stream has been found by hippie euro tourists who climb the rocks and live in their vans at the reserve, so its no longer the paradise it was.

Get on NZ Topo Maps or WAMS.

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