Twizel Canal Fishing

I recently took my son Louie and his Grand Dad (my father)out for a days Canal fishing in behind Twizel. Its something that I’ve never really had a burning a desire to do it but constant nagging from my 11yr old son to go and try and I finally caved in !

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The Twizel and Tekapo canal’s have both become very popular fresh water fishery’s over the past few years with people traveling from all around New Zealand and Australia to fish for the monster Salmon, Rainbow and Brown trout who reside in them. Some of which reach 40 + lbs !

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I have been over twice now with Louie in the past month and seen several behemoth Rainbow trout caught by the canal walls both times the water clarity has been poor due to all the rain we received in May and the flows were very high we were told by other anglers. It seems to be the time to catch the big Rainbows as they get ready to spawn, many of them head up the canals to the intake gates perhaps triggered by their natural instincts as the gates are beginning to be opened more as winter approaches ?,