Twizel, the home of world class fly fishing in New Zealand's South Island - Mackenzie Basin. All Waters hold both wild Rainbow and wild Brown Trout. The Mackenzie basin offers a variety of fly fishing waters, from fast flowing mountain streams, small hidden spring creeks, with both large and small still-water options available if rivers are blown out also. Just 10 minutes from Twizel you will find the Tekapo river, boasting the largest population of fish per kilometer in the South Island! 

The area is dominated by Mt Cook, the Southern Alps and of course the milky, turquoise hydro lakes of the region.

. Within this world class fly-fishing district are the small townships of Omarama, Twizel, Tekapo, Fairlie, Geraldine all of which are perfect to bases. from which to fish from The rivers located around these locations are truly outstanding in every form and offer all types of free stone rivers, streams and spring creeks to fish for both Brown and Rainbow trout.

During the fishing season Twizel enjoys dry days with temperatures in the mid 20C-30C, however, it can experience some cold, wet and windy days as well!

The key to fly fishing success here in New Zealand is both accuracy and presentation of your fly, with the use of long fine leaders and tippet, our trout generally do not tolerate sloppy casting and a first up cast to a sighted fish has to be your best , as it may be your only cast!

Contact me now to book your buck list New Zealand fly fishing adventure !


Craig with a nice Brown trout from the Mckenzie country basin.


Norio from Japan with a stunning rainbow from a small Mckenzie country stream.


Robbie with a trophy brown from a small stream.