Clarence River

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Hanmer Springs, New Zealand

Clarence River Hanmer Springs Reviews

Besandri Besandri
37 reviews
Isolated River Aug 31, 2014
This river is one that we used to fish a lot but in recent years it has not fished as well.

Hanmer is only 1 1/2 hours from Christchurch and this river is a further 1/2 hour over Jolles pass into the Clarence Valley. Jolles pass is quite steep but an interesting and easy drive.

The river is not overly fished because of it's location and perhaps just not widely known.

A few years ago Didymo was in the river and it was not very enjoyable, but last season I went back and much of the Didymo had cleared up.

But the good fishing that we had five years ago now is gone and I wonder if it will ever come good again.

But it is nice to have Hanmer as the last day before returning to Christchurch for your departure, to soak in the hot pools, and then to have good fishing on top of that.
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