Fly Fishing

Experience some of the worlds finest fly-fishing in New Zealand’s South Island with your guide Matt Butler

In New Zealand we focus on making the most of the abundant clear water and sight-fishing for both Brown and Rainbow trout in some of the most spectacular, gin clear rivers and lakes you will ever witness. Its not just the size of the trout that draws keen anglers to NZ, it’s also the challenge of “trout-hunting” amongst the varied and spectacular landscapes.

The main season runs from October – May with each month offering something interesting and different. Early season sees us fishing a lot of the smaller tributary waters, whilst mid-late summer is focused on the main rivers. The waters we fish range from mountain freestone rivers to meandering willow lined stream and everything else in between. Depending not he conditions we use a variety of methods ranging from large terrestrial dry flies to small mayfly patterns and nymphs. The general rule is that most fish will range between 3-6lb, however there is the possibility of coming across much larger fish in certain places.

Whether it is you are a seasoned expert or it’s you first time fly fishing , your trip is tailored to your needs, ensuring you get the most out of the day. Matt prides himself on his fish spotting abilities and uses his essential local knowledge to find the best conditions for the day. Matt also puts a lot of focus on your technique and makes sure you go away from the day a better angler, including the advice required to give you the best possible chance at hooking yourself a famous New Zealand trout!

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Single Day Trips

The day will begin out of Wanaka or Queenstown where you will be picked up from your accomodation and from there we head towards the chosen water for the day. Standard drive time is 45 minute to 1 hours each way. Depending on the location and your fitness level, we could be walking between 4-10km  throughout the day, so be prepared for a good day on your feet. We would hope to be back at your accommodation around 5-6pm, or earlier depending on your preferences.

Pricing:

Full day: NZ$850 (for 1 – 2 Anglers)

6-8 hours of fishing + 1-2 hours of travel

Half Day: NZ$650  (for 1 – 2 Anglers)

3-4 hours fishing + 1 hour travel (ex Wanaka only)

Rates include:

  • 1 – 2 Anglers (Additional anglers and larger group pricing available on request)
  • Private Fly Fishing Guide
  • Lunch, snacks and drinks
  • All fly fishing gear*
  • 4wd transport

*If required, wader & boots can be hired for an additional $50pp per/day. Fishing licences are required and can be arranged for an additional NZ$25pp per/day 

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Multi-Day Road Trips

Take to the road in search and explore the amazing diversity of rivers the South Island has to offer. Multi-day trips are our specialty and give you the best overall experience you can hope for in NZ. These trips range from 3 – 10 days and allow you to explore the wide ranging varieties of river types and landscapes that make NZ a must visit for any serious angler.

As we move around the region in search of the best fishing conditions, we will explore everything from bouldery freestone rivers to mountain creeks and technical low land streams, each with its own unique character. We could be doing anything from flicking small dry flies to sipping trout, nymphing to fish sitting in deeper runs or throwing huge terrestrial patterns for big aggressive eats.

We base our accomodations as close as possible to our fishing locations to minimise drive time and maximise time on the water. This also alows us to change locations as we please so we are always fish where the conditions suit best.  Expect to rest your head in range of accommodations including private huts/cabins, classic Kiwi pubs/hotels, full service motels and the quintessential Kiwi bach or holiday homes.

Pricing:

All inclusive multi-day trips are created on request and include all accommodation, meals and fishing gear. As your trip is unique to you, the pricing is too, so please get in touch and learn how we can help you plan that trip of a lifetime.  All trips depart from your either Queenstown or Wanaka, NZ

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Backcountry Heli-Fishing Trips

Heli-fshing is for the quintessential wilderness hunter with little time to spare and keen to adventure into New Zealand’s most remote places. If a helicopter, clear water, big fish are what you dream of then this is for you. By utilising the helicopter we are able to get far into the backcountry, where it would usually take days to get by foot, if its even possible at all!

This trip is available for either a single day fly-in/out or a multi-day camp out. In the case of an overnight trip, the heli allows us to bring some small creature comforts with us including good food, decent bedding and a few beers/wine to celebrate each evening. Depending on the location we will either be based in basic backcountry huts or tents, bringing in everything we need for those few days. For additional cost it is also possible to utilise the heli to drop us at a different river each few days to fish new water and top up on supplies.

We will be hunting large wild trout in pristine, remote environments where its all about quality over quantity and every opportunity is taken with time and consideration. This is the ultimate in NZ fly fishing and a special experience for any serious angler.

Pricing:

Heli-fishing trips are unique and each quote is based on your specific trip plan. Prices vary on flight time to different rivers so just get in touch below to get a personalised quote for your heli-fishing adventure.

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