Professional guided fly fishing single and multi day trips based from Christchurch in the South Island of New Zealand. I Specialise in sight fishing to individually targeted Brown and Rainbow Trout with dry fly and nymph in the centre of the South Island of New Zealand.
The diversity of the Canterbury and Westland regions offer a large variety of fly fishing options to satisfy the requirements and/or skill level for anglers of all age and ability.
Sight fishing for trout is serious fun!
New Zealand offers some of the most
challenging and rewarding fly fishing in the world. The large braided rivers and high country spring creeks are home to some of New Zealand's largest and most educated trout while the freestone lowland rivers boast higher numbers of more modest sized fish to target.
While walking up stream with your guide, you will spot fish and target them with hand tied flies that have been developed specifically to match the insects New Zealand trout feed on.
Our waters run clear and the trout are big.
Sight fishing for trout with fly is a visual experience second to none. You can get so close to the fish you can count the spots in their backs!
You could be casting small mayfly dry flies, large cicada terrestrial dry flies or lightly weighted nymphs through to large tungsten nymphs. Depending on the time of year and what you would like to experience on your guided fishing, there are many options to satisfy your needs.
The essence of Fly fishing is Fly casting.
The better you are at casting accurately and managing the flies drift once its on the water, the better your chances are of catching fish. Period.
Learning about how to select the appropriate fly for your first choice is also very important. We don't always get a second chance with some of the fish. The fly or flies are selected based on what is available in the area and what size also taking into account where the fish is feeding in the water column. The behaviour of the fish can indicate what it is likely to be feeding on too.
I believe the fly rod and action to be a very personal choice and to be perfectly honest you can't go past a quality #5 or #6 to cover the South Island for sight fishing purposes.
A #6 will certainly help when it comes to fighting large fish and casting larger and heavier flies however many skilled anglers fish with #5 for almost everything. Leader configuration for different situations is also very important as is knowing how to tie strong knots and knowing you can trust them when the time to turn up the heat comes. There are certain ways to approach the elusive cunning fish that New Zealand is so famous for. When you hire a guide you are paying for years of experience and you most certainly will have a much greater chance of success.
Let me know what you would like help with because that's exactly what I am here for. I guide out of passion for the sport, educating about the fragile environment and sharing the unique experience of fly fishing that is New Zealand.