The weather can be highly changeable at any time in NZ, particularly the south, sometimes we can experience all 4 seasons in one day! I recommend you bring a quality waterproof & windproof rain jacket (dull colours in all fishing clothing if possible) , sun hat, and enough warm layers for the day. A small backpack is useful to bring along for this and other personal items. For most of the season in NZ we 'wet wade' in either quick drying pants or pollyprop thermals and shorts. Good footwear is important to bring – sturdy boots (they will get wet!). I can provide neoprene wading socks to keep your feet warm, and have a limited range of waders and wading boots available for hire at $50 per angler per day, if wanted - please let me know in advance. If you wish to bring along your own fishing gear that is ok – I recommend a 9ft 6weight, med-fast action fly rod, and a WF6 floating fly line. Polaroid sunglasses are a must for sight fishing to see into the water, and for your safety, which I can supply if you don’t have any. Please remember felt soled wading boots are banned in New Zealand so bring rubber soled ones only.
The trout fishing season opens October 1st and closes on April 30th for most rivers in the South. December to March is peak season down here for visiting anglers, however great fly fishing is available for you right throughout the season. Top class dry fly, nymph, and streamer fishing is experienced all season in the New Zealand fishery, with hatches and patterns changing month to month. Our techniques will vary depending on time of year, weather patterns, and type of water we are on. We have a winter season too, May – September. Primarily for the lakes, and limited rivers giving us year – round fishing opportunities for you.
Ex Dunedin only, I can give you a fantastic introduction to fly fishing if you are on a tight time schedule! You will be picked up by 4WD vehicle from your accommodation and taken to a local waterway for a fun morning of guided fly fishing. I will normally have you back at your accommodation around lunchtime (lunch not included in half day).
I will pick you up in or near Dunedin by 4WD vehicle, or at a prearranged location if you are located further afield. Travel time to our chosen water for the day varies from 30 - 120 minutes depending on time of year, weather, and water conditions. Approx 8 hours fishing time, then returned to your destination in the evening. Like on any trip option full professional guidance, instruction (if needed), and care is provided for you.
Multi-day road trip
The most popular option for the adventurous, serious angler! A minimum of 2 consecutive days must be booked, this will maximize our fishing opportunities based on local water and weather conditions. You will see a variety of our fantastic country and we will have the ability to fish a several waterways. Lets hit the road and have some fun! We can base ourselves in small country towns close to the good fishing. Accommodation varies, and can suit your budget from camping out (riverside, a real kiwi experience –POA, an additional camp out fee will apply ) to, back country huts, cabins, motels, farm stays or B&Bs - whatever you prefer I can happily arrange. My accommodation, evening and breakfast meals are additional to the day guide rate. This is an extremely flexible option where I can design your guided fly fishing adventure, particularly if you are interested in a back country trip!
Still water and Lake information
From time to time the weather may direct us to look to still waters for the best New Zealand trout fishing – these range from small backwaters or ponds with cruising sight fished trout, to our larger crystal clear Southern and Central lakes. I will of course put your wishes first about what you want from the day, however if you happen to particularly like still water fishing then you are in luck! Still waters are often overlooked by visiting anglers (many locals prefer lakes!), but you can experience world class, close quarter sight fishing to trout around weed beds or on the flats. Streamer fishing is also a extremely productive lake (and river) technique here in NZ. A personal favorite of mine, I would love to introduce you to some of New Zealand’s best kept secrets!