Fly Fishing Regions
The South Island is well-known for its fabulous Brown Trout Fishing. No matter which region you decide to visit, you will come across stunningly clear streams in absolutely breathtaking surroundings, holding the precious treasures you seek.
Nelson & Marlborough
Locally referred to as “Top of the South” offering an abundant variety of rivers and the underlying geology reflects a wonderful diversity in the waters. From the smallest streams to the large braided rivers like the Wairau River, into the amazing wilderness of different rivers that flow through Kahurangi National Park & Nelson Lakes National Park… you will understand why this region has a very good reputation as one of the best brown trout sighted fisheries.
Sparsely populated region with impressive beautiful views around every river bend, giving the angler a multitude of fishing options. Unspoiled bush, national parks and a multitude of rivers & some lakes to choose from makes this region every minute worth to explore.
Christchurch & North Canterbury
Some of the well-known rivers in this region hold big fish, and although the fishing is quite challenging with sometimes wild weather even for the most experienced anglers, the scenery and the chance to catch a big brown is very exiting & rewarding.
For anyone interested in chasing other fish than browns & rainbows… there is some excellent salmon fishing.
Central South Island
Anglers will find a multitude of fishing available in the big/small rivers, canals and hydro lakes.
Brown, rainbow and salmon are here to be caught which makes the Canterbury region unique for New Zealand. The Rangitata and the Waitaki are known for the large king salmon. The headwaters of these rivers provide exceptional fly fishing for sighted trout & the mind blowing views of the Mackenzie Country with their lakes and mountains makes you wish you stayed a day longer…
Queenstown & Otago
High Country Rivers, alpine lakes and famous lowland streams, makes Otago a diverse region when it comes to fishing. Options galore!
From West (Mt Aspiring National Park) to East (Taieri River & Waitaki) and anything in between present the opportunity to indulge into some fantastic fish catching!
Queenstown and Wanaka known as the must do tourist destinations are a great place to start your fly fishing adventure.
Southland & Fiordland
The most Southern latitudes offer a diverse range of waters on one of New Zealand’s most storied fisheries. Southland is a starting point to explore a huge variety of other fishing opportunities throughout the region with a healthy population of medium to large sized brown trout.
If your heart is set on true wilderness angling… visit the remote tributaries of Lakes Te Anau and Manapouri and let yourself be blown away by the clearest waters for large brown and rainbow trout.