34th Annual Rakaia River Fishing Competition 2017 

24, 25 & 26 February

Rakaia River Fishing Promotions have been running a salmon fishing competition since 1983 which makes it the most successful fresh water fishing competition around, and the only salmon fishing competition in New Zealand.

The Rakaia River is one of the largest braided rivers in New Zealand and offers some of the best trout and salmon fishing in the country.

Over recent times the competition has grown from something that was very competitive, to something that is now more participative. It is an event that is renowned for its friendliness and is structured so that entrants can have a good time regardless of whether they catch fish or not.

This means that you don’t need to be the best fisherman to win a prize. The aim is for all to enjoy themselves regardless of ability, so just participating is enough. The major prize is in fact a draw among all the competitors, so it’s possible to win the grand prize regardless of whether you catch a fish or not. All you have to do is be present to claim it at the prizegiving.

No surprise then, that it attracts anglers of all ages, from all over the country.

President of Rakaia River Fishing Promotions  Ken Lee says that the purpose of this competition is to assist with the costs associated with the improvement of the Rakaia River. “Every cent raised goes right back into the river. “We’re currently working with Fish & Game in the hope we can become a major contributor to the Whisky Creek hatchery, releasing fish back into the Rakaia. It’s all about making the Rakaia better where it counts, and maintaining your favourite pastime.”

Entries should be posted to: Rakaia River Fishing Promotions, PO Box 52, RAKAIA 7743

Or scan to treasurer@rakaiasalmon.co.nz   or faxed to: (03) 302 7462

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