Fly Fishing

Experience the Worlds Best Fly-Fishing

South Island, New Zealand with your guide Matt Butler

Come on an unforgettable New Zealand fly fishing trip, sight-fishing for both Brown and Rainbow trout in amazing, gin clear rivers. Its not just the size of the trout that draws keen anglers to NZ, it’s the challenge of “trout-hunting” amongst spectacular landscapes.

Do you dream of slowly stalking the edges of a river, hunting for big brown trout and lining up to test yourself against some of the most wily trout on the planet, well the South Island of NZ is the place to be!

The rivers we fish are in the small-medium range, with waters ranging from impressive mountain freestone rivers to meandering willow lined streams, all inhabited by large and cunning trout. In general the South Islands rivers are mostly inhabited by Brown Trout although Rainbows can be found in some places. Most fish we spot will range between 3-6lb mark, however there is also the possibility of coming across much larger fish in certain places. The normal fishing season runs from October – May with each month offering something interesting and different, there are also winter fishing options available if requested, to learn more about our seasons checkout our blog here

Whether 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 your trip. Matt prides himself on his fish world class fish spotting abilities and uses his essential local knowledge to find the best conditions for the day. Matt also puts strong emphasis on your skills and technique, making sure you go away from the day not just a better angler but with the advice required to give you the best possible chance at hooking yourself a famous New Zealand trout!

Matt with a few NZ Brown Trout

Single Day Trips

Single day trips are great for those that are short on time but still want to experience what New Zealand Fly Fishing has to offer. 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 1.5 hours each way. We will be walking throughout the day, so be prepared for a good day on your feet. The day is suitable for both new and experienced anglers.

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:

  • Up to 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$40pp per/day 

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Multi-Day Road Trips

Our most popular and engaging trips see us take to the road to 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 fly fishing experience you can hope for in NZ by exposing you to several different rivers and testing your skills as we ramp up the challenge. 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 or beginner who is looking to build their skills whilst having a blast!

As we move around the regions 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 and impressive trout. We could be doing anything from flicking small dry flies under trees to sipping trout or throwing huge terrestrial patterns in fast water 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:

Our multi-day trips are all inclusive and are created on request to include all accommodation, meals and gear you need. 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 either Queenstown or Wanaka.

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Backcountry Heli-Fishing Trips

Heli-fshing is for the quintessential wilderness hunter with little time to spare and who is keen to adventure into New Zealand’s most remote places. If a wilderness, gin clear water and 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.

The New Zealand backcountry is unlike any other on the planet, 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 once in a lifetime 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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