Definitely worth coming down for a multi river fish, just wouldn’t come here just for the Oreti. The Mataura is awesome. Send me a message if you intend coming down here and I could show you a few tricks which help on the Mataura. I was the local in The Source – NZ and you see a bit of a mad rise in that.
Some big fish but can be challenging. Strong NW winds and plenty of anglers. Bigger fish in the West Coast and North Canterbury regions. If I was in ChCh I wouldn’t come down here for the big fish, I’d head north or west.
To confirm if its a sea runner look for spots that look like + + rather than round. I find they’re in the estuaries around mid August. thats when whitebaiting starts so if the whitebait are there the fish will be.