Welcome to Aspiring Fly Fishing, based in Wanaka, New Zealand, bordering Mt Aspiring National Park. Aspiring Fly Fishing provides guided fly fishing trips in the Wanaka, South Westland (Haast), Mckenzie Basin (Twizel/Omarama area), Southland and Southern Lakes regions.

New Zealand is regarded as a trout fishing mecca. The Wanaka region has some of the most amazing landscapes, boasting gin clear rivers, streams and still waters with large wild brown and rainbow trout, a combination that provides a ‘once in a lifetime’ fly fishing experience.

The new fishing season begins on  October the 1st with a couple of smaller local streams opening in the Wanaka region. We also have some exceptionally good still-water fishing with many brown trout returning from the tribituraries to the feed around the lake margins, this is a great time to stalk these fish who are hungry after the long winter months and will take olive woolly buggers, damsel fly and dragon fly imitations without to much hesitation .

November the 1st sees the opening of our back-country rivers and streams that Wanaka is famous for. Many of the larger rivers will be carrying snow melt early on, so a great time to target the smaller tributaries in the region as they usually hold some larger fish whilst their flows are still good, many of these fish will begin dropping back into the bigger river systems as the river levels drop heading into the warmer summer months.

Peaks months for fly fishing around the Wanaka and Central Otago region is from November to April, as the weather is hotter and more settled.  December sees the appearance of cicadas on our rivers and high country lakes,something not to be missed by anglers wanting the ultimate dry fly fishing experience! There's nothing more exilerating than watching a big fish rise through the water column to smash your big dry fly off the surface.

Tasty big morsel for hungry trout

Tasty big morsel for hungry trout

Feel free to contact me to discuss a possible New Zealand fly fishing adventure in the Wanaka region, there are plenty  options and I will tailor make a trip to suit your experience and expectations.New Zealand trout fishing at it's best !


Let Paul hook you up with some of the best of New Zealand trout fishing, in stunning rivers stalking large wild trout.