If you are an avid Fisherman, you have probably heard about fishing the Motueka in Nelson or the Buller near Lake Rotoiti. Perhaps you have seen YouTube clips of fishing the upper Wangapeka or the Wairau. These famous rivers are as magical as they are portrayed but there are many, many more great fly fishing opportunities in NZ.
Our self guided itineraries certainly include some of the famous rivers but they also take you to places that are off the beaten track and only fished by locals. Often you will have the entire stream to yourself.
In the Top of the South Island, the trout are predominantly Browns which are slightly more vigilant and selective than the North Island Rainbows. For the purist fly-fishermen there are streams that require technical ability but offer substantial rewards in the form of very large brown trout. For the more casual fisherman, there are streams that hold good sized trout which will respond to multiple fishing methods and skill levels.
The most productive method of fly fishing in the South Island streams is nymphing, particularly in the mornings and at times of year when there is no hatch. During the peak of summer when Cicadas or Lace Moths are abundant, dry fly can be amazing.
Spinning is allowed in most streams but requires a bit more stealth than needed in the North Island to be successful.
No matter what method you prefer or are proficient with, our local knowledge will point you to multiple locations where you will have the opportunity to catch large trout.