2016 / 17 season wrap up

With the end of May, we say goodbye to the 2016/2017 trout season in the Southern Lakes. If I said it was an easy season with great conditions, my trousers would be on fire. Looking back, and after talking with … Continued

1 November 2016 update

At last, the Backcountry waters around Wanaka open on November 1, with the other waters further North in the Central South Island opening on November 5. The weather forecast is for lovely calm settled weather right up to 7am on opening … Continued

Wild NZ trout

The stocking program for the Southern alpine and lowland rivers that we fish (and most of the South Island) is zero. This is a wild fishery, pure and simple. Well, the fishery is pure, but I’m not so sure about … Continued

2014 / 15 Season roundup

Our fly fishing season for most of the rivers around the Southern Lakes officially closed on Sunday. Reflecting back over what has been a good season, I thank not only our great wild trout fishery, but also the fantastic clients … Continued

Slippery underfoot

Some guys just don’t know when to let go…! I was trying to help him up, believe it or not, and not trying to push him in! Bill had a great week all the same, and made remarkable progress for a … Continued

Fishing report May 29

Our season is nearly over, with cold temperatures, snow and 3 days left of the Otago backcountry river fishing. The last guiding day was cold – we started at 2 degrees and finished the day at 3 degrees. However, there … Continued

Fly fishing update November 29

What a week! With the best laid plans in tatters due to some rather savage weather, we rallied and looked hard for alternatives. My client Oliver from Sydney is really positive bloke, and with his new 3wt Kubuto Japanese fibreglass … Continued

Fishing report November 22

With our season well underway, the fishing has been variable. Unsettled rivers with high winds have made for interesting casting. Some lovely mayfly hatches have resulted from cool Southerly airstreams, and we have been lucky with rivers that are just … Continued

Stylish cottages

Wanaka Cottages offers either a 5 Star luxury holiday house or luxury cottage. www.wanakacottages.co.nz Both are totally private and set on the edge of parkland and with excellent espresso and dining restaurants a stroll away. Wanaka Holiday House, (sleeps up to … Continued

Fly fishing report July 27

The fishing is just starting to improve after the rather dull months of June and July. With plenty of cruising brown trout around the shallows. We have been catching them on mainly bully patterns, but small nymphs also have been … Continued