Fly fishing New Zealand is the ultimate trout fishing experience, I can help you discover the fantastic fly fishing that's available in our back yard here in New Zealand.

Learn the secrets of just where and how to catch large Brown and Rainbow trout from me, an experienced NewZealand fly fishing guide. l will share with you those secret secluded places that only a local could know about.


A little about New Zealand

New Zealand is 1,000 miles in length, 104,000 square miles in two main islands -- the North and South Islands, New Zealand has a population of 4 million, mostly of English decent.

New Zealand is a land of contrasts, alpine mountain ranges, lush rain forests, pristine beaches, majestic fiords and volcanic peaks with plenty of green lush rolling farmland and sheep!

The weather patterns here in New Zealand are very changeable and can determine our options for the days fishing , so we have to be flexible with our plans and be ready for any eventuality, always having a Plan A, B, C and D!

I like to get an early start (7am-ish )so as to maximise our time on the water as some days we may have a drive of approximately 1-1.5hrs to reach the river of choice for the days fishing.

The New Zealand trout fishing season here in the South Island commences on October 1st (for the West Coast and Low land rivers) of each year and runs until the end of April and May for the Back-country rivers. Some areas are not open until November 1st each season. The best fishing is generally from November to April when we can experience some awesome mayfly hatches in our rivers with the Southland region really coming into it's own.New Zealand trout fishing at it's best !.

Please consider the rights of others and practice good angler ettiquette on our waterways !


Always ask permission from the land owner before crossing private property unless a Fish & Game access sign is present.

Do not park vehicles so that they block gateways or cause a hazard on the road or access ways.

Always use the gates, stiles or other recognised access points and avoid damage to farm fences.

Leave everything as you found it. If a gate is open or closed leave it that way as farmers maybe moving large numbers of stock around.

A farm is the owner’s livelihood and if they say no dogs, then please respect this !

When driving on riverbeds keep to marked tracks or park on the bank and walk the last stretch to your fishing beat.

Never push in on a stretch of river or streamthats being fished by another angler. If you are in any doubt have a chat and work out who goes where there's plenty of water for every one !

However if agreed to share the pool then always jump in behind any angler whose already there !

Fish being returned to the water should be released as carefully and quickly as possible. Ideally leave the fish in the water and remove the hook with long-nosed pliers without handling the fish to much ,always keep your fingers away from it's gills.

While catch and release fishing is widely promoted by some as a conservation minded approach to angling it remains the anglers choice. We at Aspiring Fly Fishing promote Catch and release.

However the catching of large numbers of fish in a day can impact on individual fish and also on the angling experience for others. Fish & Game advocate hooking and landing a limited number of fish per day.

Fish being kept should be dispatched with as quickly as possible.

Always remove litter from the river banks and parking spots lets keep it clean and green !.

The only way we can protect our rivers from Didymo and other invasive algae's in the long term is to CHECK,CLEAN and DRY all your gear before entering another river or lake anywhere in New Zealand.



Monthly Outline | Fly fishing New Zealand


October 1st sees the New Zealand trout fishing season begin with the opening of the lowland rivers and streams , the weather can be variable and water temperature still fairly cool , but a good time to hit the smaller streams that are not as affected by the snow melt and still have some larger trout residing in them .Angler numbers are lower at this time.


November 1st sees our backcountry rivers open for the season agreat time to be out on the water as things are starting to warm up, still some snow melt in the larger rivers. The dry fly fishing is beginning to hot up with the appearance ofBrown Beetles. Still some large fish to be found in the smaller streams.


One of my favourite months to be fishing still plenty of water in the smaller streams Caddis, Brown and Green beetles plentiful, and angler numbers still fairly low.


January sees the KIWI holiday maker on the waters things are fairly busy now, terrestrial fishing is starting to hot up good mayfly and caddis hatches early morning and in the evening.


Peak month for our visiting anglers, smaller streams are at their lowest so fish are more wary , terrestrial/cicada fishing on the high country lakes is in full swing and most trout will freely rise to a big dry.


March Cicadas still on the wing some fantastic dry fishing still to be had, visiting anglers are starting to thin out a little rivers can be still rather low .an increase in mayfly hatches as the days get cooler.


Days are getting cooler this sees some of our larger rivers experiencing some great may fly action as well as our smaller spring creeks and streams and the dry fly fishing can be awesome this time of year. The 30th of April sees the lowland rivers and streams come to a close for the spawning season.


Back-country rivers are still open with some great fishing, you are still able to raise the odd fish with a dry fly and a big streamer fly really comes into its own on some of the bigger resident fish, angler numbers are now very low. Season closes on the 31st of May.

Rivers are now closed for spawning but their are still a few options available for fishing in some regions if you dont mind the cold!

Lake river mouth fishing can be very productive over the winter months as trout congregate before starting their spawning runs.

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