Undoubtedly fly fishing for the wild Brown and Rainbow Trout of New Zealand’s South Island is challenging yet incredibly rewarding. These rivers and lakes boast some of the best dry fly and sight fishing in the world. This is not just fly fishing this is hunting trout and it will test your stalking and casting ability like never before. An expert guided trip is highly recommended when fly fishing New Zealand’s South Island and vast local knowledge will take you a long way toward your dream fly fishing experience.
The New Zealand Adventure Company will cater for anglers of all levels. But if you are an experienced fly fisher it is good to have your A-Game on when you hit New Zealand’s rivers, as many anglers have witnessed how unforgiving New Zealand trophy trout are. The New Zealand Adventure Company offers a range of fly fishing trip options from single day fly fishing expeditions, overnight wilderness fly fishing expeditions through to the exhilarating heli fishing trips. Whatever you decide to do The New Zealand Adventure Company will take care of you from the moment you step off the plane to the moment you reluctantly step back on it.
When traveling to New Zealand for your dream fly fishing adventure don’t leave things to chance. The New Zealand Adventure Company offer no obligation quotes for multi day fly fishing and scenic trips. All your questions about fly fishing the South Island of New Zealand will be answered and the process of planning your trip made seamless. Everybody is unique and has individual expectations of their New Zealand fly fishing adventure. Prices will be customised to these expectations and all aspects of your trip will be planned down to the last detail.
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The New Zealand fly fishing season runs from October 1st- May 31st, with the exception of some winter fishing rivers. With the back country opening from November 1st- May 31st. Early in the season rivers fish well with high numbers of trout still holding after spawning through the winter months. Trout have had little fly fishing pressure and can be more willing to take a fly. This is a great time to catch large trophy fish that have had little fishing pressure. The only thing that may dampen this pre christmas period is the weather as it can be unsettled and unforgiving. But don’t let this put you off as temperatures are mild and in the mid to late 20’s and the fishing electrifying.
After the Christmas period temperatures start to heat up and the weather usually settles into a regular pattern that works in favor of the fly fisherman. Through the months of January, February and March the big terrestrial dry flies start bombing the waters and this means one thing. Big dry flies and big trout. It is and exciting time of the season and is a sight fisherman’s paradise with low river flows and the clearest water in the world, don’t forget your Polaroid’s. April and May are like the hidden gem of the fly fishing calendar. Still mild (15-25 degree day time temps) and very settled it provides excellent fly fishing at river mouths and into the lower stretches of these rivers. Trout are moving to these areas in preparation for winter spawning runs and are still very active on the surface as well as feasting on the large runs of whitebait at the river mouths that run into some of New Zealand’s South Island lakes.
Start planning your New Zealand experience of a lifetime. Email or call The New Zealand Adventure Company direct for more information on your customised New Zealand adventure. No obligation quotes and basic itineraries are available on request.
“Jake Berry is an outstanding fly fishing guide with all of the attributes of a “kiwi guide” who are the best in the trout fishing world. He has the most important ability to see fish, to sight and spot a trout and point it out (most US anglers have not developed the skill to sight trout in moving water).
He is really fun to fish with and has the perfect personality for a guide. He does it all and very well.
I have fished all over the world and fished in New Zealand many times over the past 25 years (and with Jake on repeat occasions) to experience the unique kiwi style of sight fishing for trout. I am confident in giving Jake Berry my highest recommendation to fellow fly fishers who want to experience trout fishing “kiwi style”.
Gordon Cox MD, Billings, Montana, USA