Queenstown & Otago

Otago is a region of true diversity, sporting some of the country’s most prolific estuaries ,  iconic high country rivers, alpine lakes and famous lowland streams.

From the remote wilderness streams of the Mt Aspiring National Park in the west to the meandering Taieri River  and  large braided waters of the Waitaki  in the East as well as a plethora of waters in between, Otago truly offers the visiting angler a vast  amount of fishing options.From the  bustling tourist  destinations  of Queenstown and Wanaka to charming historical townships your fly fishing adventure has numerous options in which to base yourself.

Let one of our experienced Otago guides host you on a scenic fly fishing excursion to help  create  memories that last a lifetime. 

All the members listed on this web site have the following vital accreditations:

  • Current  first aid certificate
  • DOC Concession to guide on the DOC estate
  • Audited Health & Safety Plan
  • Public liability insurance

Bruce Leitch

Bruce Leitch is an angler who revels in every moment on the river. A local of over 40 years experience on the waters of Central Otago, a day out with Bruce encompasses so much more than just a trout chasing adventure. Experience the pristine high country valleys of the Queenstown region with a guide not only versed in the history of the locale, but who oozes enthusiasm and the infectious enjoyment of our sport. A day out with Bruce is one to remember, for all the right reasons. His locally famous bacon and egg pie is but just one!

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Ayato Otsubo

Ayato was born in Kyoto, Japan and came to Christchurch, New Zealand in 1995 in search of an education and a broader life experience. He fell in love with the country, culture and Kiwi (NZ) lifestyle.

Since moving to Queenstown in 2004, he has guided in various fields, and is now a fishing guide and a proud member of NZPFGA. As well as his beloved fishing guiding, he also has a great knowledge of New Zealand geography, history, 4WDing, the wine industry and other activities. Ayato speaks both fluent Japanese and English and has a very unique and relaxed guiding style. Telephone: +64 3 442 - 2043

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Simon Wilkinson

Welcome to New Zealand Fly Fishing Expeditions. Based from Queenstown and Lumsden. We offer a variety of New Zealand fly fishing expeditions. These expeditions are for serious fly fisherman wanting to get the best fly fishing that New Zealand can offer. We offer guided fly fishing trips into waters ranging thru Fiordland, Southland, Otago, South Westland and lower central South Island. Telephone: +64 272 163 787


 

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Taz Dawson

The Southern Lakes of New Zealand has some of the best fishing available in the world and I want to show it to you!

Hi I am Taz Dawson from Creating Tracks NZ, with over 20 years of guiding experience in and around the Southern Lakes Areas I am able to show you unique locations and experiences. I am able to offer a range of 4WD access and Heli Fishing options.

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Ian Cole

Ian Cole is based in picturesque Wanaka which nestles in the very heart of NZ’s Southern Alps. Ian would be the most passionate, experienced and qualified of fly fishing guides in the local area having fly-fished for more than 40years and throughout many places in the world. He was one of the first NZ guides to qualify as a Federation of Fly Fishers Certified Casting Instructor. Additionally, he is an accomplished fly tyer and teacher. Over the years, his expertise, fisheries knowledge and experience have seen him feature in many magazine articles, videos and books. Ian has enthusiastically guided and up-skilled anglers since 1992 - novice, intermediate and advanced anglers alike. He revels in sharing with others the wonders the NZ South Island fishery offers anglers. He proudly specialises in sight fishing to both large brown and rainbow trout, is a patient guide and teacher who offers top friendly professional service, indeed, the high percentage of repeat clients are a testimony to both his professional skills and happy friendly disposition.

Ian offers enormous flexibility in his guiding service by having intimate knowledge of 3 adjoining areas – Otago, Central South Island and Southland. His day and multi day adventures provide a marvellous spectrum of angling opportunity with a larger number of rivers, streams and lakes to choose from as well as maximising prevailing weather and angling conditions.Quality gear can be supplied – Sage, Simms, Orvis and T & T. A variety of accommodations can be arranged. Telephone: :+64 3 443 7870

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Jeff Forsee

Jeff Forsee is a NZPFGA fly fishing guide based in the Wanaka and Queenstown region of the Central South Island. He specialises in sight fishing to wild New Zealand trout on some of the most picturesque waterways on the planet. He is a member of the Scott Fly Rod pro staff and also on the team with New Zealand's Manic Tackle Project.

Fishing has never been a seasonal endeavor for Jeff and he has taken the same approach to guiding. Each year, as the season winds down in New Zealand you can find him at the bench tying flies and planning for his next big adventure. Past adventures include spending his winters guiding for salmon and rainbow trout for Deneki Outdoors at their Alaska West operation. He now spends those same months chasing taimen with Fish Mongolia and Mongolia River Outfitters. Although New Zealand brown trout and Mongolian taimen are a world away from the farm ponds of Southern Ohio where he grew up catching sun fish and largemouth bass, it's the pursuit of all of these fish and the places they exist that is driven by the same passion. It is this passion that he loves sharing and experiencing with his guests on the water. 

As well as being a passionate angler and guide, Jeff has a love for writing and photography and finds it as a way to share his love and knowledge of some of the worlds most iconic fisheries. He is a regular contributor to Flyfishers Inc. Jeff offers a professional and enjoyable New Zealand fly fishing experience for anyone from beginners to seasoned anglers alike. He is happy to personalise trips to cater to the individual. Check out his website or give him a call for more information on your next fly fishing adventure! You can contact Jeff via his website or telephone +64 220 954 700

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Trevor Cruickshank

Trevor Cruickshank Charters - guided Trout Fishing on Southern Lakes & Rivers of South Island specializing in all types of Trout Fishing from matching the hatch on a mayfly rise in the beautiful waters of Southland to Fly Fishing the crystal clear rivers of the Southern Alps chasing Wild Brown and Rainbow Trout.

Toyota Landcruiser courtesy four wheel drive is used for your fishing safari. Fully licensed M.S.A.N.Z. 6m launch with Qualified skipper for Lake Trawling – drift fly fishing – Jigging and Harling Claka Craft 5m row boat for fishing shallow lake Margins and rivers. Take your pick and get hooked we know where they are. Telephone: 0800 466 533

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Chris Thomson

Contact Chris via telephone on: +64 3 3 441  2070

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Sam Kennett

Sam Kennett may be contacted via his mobile phone +64 21 028 49221 or samkennett86@yahoo.co.nz

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Derek Grzelewski

Fly fish in New Zealand with Derek Grzelewski, author of internationally acclaimed books THE TROUT DIARIES and THE TROUT BOHEMIA, a LOOP pro-team member and an IFFF certified casting instructor. I offer custom-made itineraries for discerning fly fishers. The level of your skills is less important than the flame of your passion. Join me to pursue the world’s best fly fishing for trout that is to be found in New Zealand. I am based in Wanaka and Queenstown but my fly fishing safaris and expeditions cover most of the New Zealand's South Island: backcountry, heli options, spring creeks, Southern Lakes and Southland hatches, big fish hunts. Twice a year - in summer and in winter - I also offer week-long fly fishing packages in Turangi, fishing the Taupo, Tongariro, Otamangakau and Whakapapa region. If you'd like to experience the magic of THE TROUT DIARIES and THE TROUT BOHEMIA, to meet the trout bohemian tribe and to chase hatches and the big fish with us, please visit the BOOKINGS page on my web site or call me +64 21 383 179

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Paul Macandrew

New Zealand is regarded as a trout fishing mecca. The Wanaka region has some of the most amazing landscapes, boasting gin clear rivers, streams and still water's with large brown and rainbow trout, a combination that provides a 'once in a lifetime' fly fishing experience. He offers sight fishing to wild brown and rainbow trout, using dry flies / nymphs & streamers. Paul will customize your fly fishing adventure to suit your experience, from a keen beginner needing attentive tuition, to the advanced angler exploring the back country wilderness. Be it a half day, full day or multi day adventure , Paul will ensure you will experience the best of Wanaka's trout fishing and come away as addicted to fishing as he is ! Telephone: + 64 3 443 5053

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Henare Dewes

Kia Ora... I'm Henare Dewes and if you are reading this then already we have something in common - the love of fly fishing to sighted wild Rainbow and Brown Trout. Since beginning guiding with Dick Fraser in his superb "Cedar Lodge" in 1999, I have learned many lessons about fly fishing but the main thing that stays with me is that it is a privilege to be able to make a living in this way. My job is about sharing the "where", "how" and "what" of fly fishing here in the Southern Alps region. You're the "who" and as I have already said, we have enough in common to know the exact reason why! Telephone: : +64 21 228 3473

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Jake Berry

Born and bred in the Wanaka and lower South Island Regions around experienced fisherman Jake caught the adventurous bug at a very young age. He pursued his fascination for fly fishing with great success gaining an extensive understanding of wild trout behaviour, whilst refining his art of fly fishing. Jake guides his fly fishing guests through a smooth exposure to our way of life in the New Zealand outdoors and our methods of fly fishing, through being a highly experienced and well-educated guide who maintains a friendly and relaxed attitude with strong elements of safety and reliability.

Guide Jake at Southern Rivers Fly Fishing has vast local knowledge of the lower South Island rivers and lakes and is known as an expert in sighting trout in what can be very challenging water, this is crucial to your success when fly fishing New Zealand. Jake’s boundless passion, skill and enthusiasm for fly fishing the South Island’s trout rivers will take you a long way toward your dream New Zealand fly fishing experience. Telephone: +64 3 443 6941

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Nick Clark

Nick has been operating Southern Trout based out of Queenstown for the past 20 yrs, 14 of those as a member of the NZPFGA. Nick offers guided day trips and overnight expeditions. He will listen to exactly what you are looking for on your New Zealand flyfishing vacation. His extensive experience and knowledge of the Queenstown area enable him to custom tailor individual packages to suit your needs, whether that means hiking through beautiful country to a secret spot or flying by helicopter into flyfishing paradise.

Nicks flyfishing trips will introduce you to some of the best and most remote New Zealand flyfishing water. With his in-depth knowledge of the 19 plus rivers in Otago and Southland you will have an awesome time flyfishing for Browns and Rainbows with Nick.Southern Trout’s fly fishing guides create New Zealand fly fishing packages that dreams are made of. I’m Queenstown’s longest-serving flyfishing-only guide. My vast knowledge and experience coupled with my reputation and association standards enable me to offer you the trip of a lifetime. Telephone: +64 3 442 9401

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Dean Whaanga

Dean is an internationally recognized fly fishing guide with over 30 years experience throughout the Farlie / MacKenizie Country / Southland and Otago areas contributes to an intimate knowledge of waterways. Dean has built up an honest relationship with landowners and has access to many wonderful low pressured rivers and streams. The headquarters for Otago Trout Fishing is situated in Ranfurly 1700ft above worry level, midway point on State Highway 85 between Dunedin, capital of Otago and Alexandra in Central Otago. Dean has a reputation for delivering the goods for his clients, testimonial to this is the amount of return clients each season. Often described as a jovial, kind and very patient guide with the eyes of a Hawk. Bed and Breakfast options are available at our B&B Trout and Trail or packages for fish and stay. Telephone: + 64 3 444 9890

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Casey Cravens

Casey guides the Mataura, Otago and Southland streams and wilderness rivers of the South Island. His fishing obsession dates back to a childhood in a hot dry land far, far away. For over 25 years he's fly fished for a wide range of species and landscapes: from Texas black bass and redfish to Rocky Mountain cutthroats, to Quebec's sea-run brook trout and Atlantic salmon, to Patagonia's browns and rainbows. His favorite rivers are concentrated on the lower half of the South Island. Casey enjoys road trips connecting Queenstown or Wanaka with Dunedin.

Casey moved to Dunedin in 1993, where he raises two sons. He enjoys backpacking the high country with camera and fly rod, sight fishing with a dry fly, and tying new patterns for hatch-driven rivers like the Mataura. Casey is on the pro staff for Thomas and Thomas Rods. He also enjoys reviewing gear, writing and giving talks on conservation, fly fishing traditions, techniques and destinations. Wild Angler offers a wide range of options, from basic casting lessons to helicopter backcountry expeditions to some of the world's finest wilderness rivers. All-inclusive packages available. Corporate inquiries welcome. Telephone + 64 27 346 6903

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Gordon Watson

Gordon was born and raised in Glenorchy and has a long-standing family history in the area dating back 6 generations.Growing up in a place like Glenorchy gave Gordon the opportunity to hone skills in the backcountry. Gordon has been fishing all his life and accumulated a vast amount of knowledge of the local rivers and fishing conditions. Gordon provides guided trips stalking and fishing sighted Brown and Rainbow Trout while exploring the crystal clear mountain rivers flowing though majestic valleys with scenery that is truly breathtaking. Telephone +64 277881160

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Grant Adolph

Grant Adolph is an experienced fly fishing guide based out of Queenstown and Nokomai Station and is a proud member of NZPFGA. Let Grant share the best of New Zealand fly fishing that the Otago Southern Lakes region and Southland waterways have to offer. Grant is able to customise your fishing experience to suit your needs, from day packages, multi day trips and heli-fishing options.

Grant’s teaching background enables him to cater to the needs of beginner fisherman through to expert anglers creating memorable days on the river. He is enthusiastic to share his wealth of local knowledge and experience with you and maximise your angling opportunities in New Zealand. Phone: +64 3 442 1924 or Cell +64 27 609 0872

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Chris Dore

Chris Dore is a Queenstown based fly fishing guide and well known New Zealand fly fishing personality. He is an endorsed member of the SCOTT Fly Rod Pro Staff Team and in 2005 became one of the first New Zealanders to successfully pass the internationally recognised, Federation of Fly Fishers Certified Casting Instructors examination. Chris believes that "life's too short to not catch fish", and takes a highly instructional, and fun-filled approach to fly fishing.

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Ronan Creane

Ronan was born in Ireland but has been in NZ since 2002. He’s a dedicated, energetic angler fishing all year round in NZ and abroad. He has adapted his Irish lough style tactics to suit NZ lakes and as an instinctive angler, he adapted quickly to all aspects of NZ river fishing, developing a knack for large trout! In 2005 Ronan was one of the first NZ fishermen to gain the Casting Instructor Certificate from the Federation of Flyfishers. 

It’s a pleasure to spend a day on the water with Ronan. Nothing is a problem and he will design your day to to suit your needs and wishes. Ronan’s 15 years New Zealand fly-fishing experience is sure to make your experience a great one! Check out his blog, full of fantastic photos and informative content with both guiding and personal fishing galleries. If your not convinced, you will be after a quick look!!

You can contact Ronan on +64 22 461768 or via his web site.

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Edward Halson

You can reach Edward via telephone +64 3 442 5236

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Mark Buckingham

You can contact Mark via his web site or telephone him:+ 64 3 443 4486

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Scott Little

Scott Little may be contacted via phone +64 3 443 8903 or +64 21 293 7306 or via email littlebitsltd@gmail.com

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Greg Dougherty

Greg, a born and bred southern kiwi, along with his wife and young family have operated Alpine Fishing Guides since 2002 . Based in the beautiful town of Wanaka, the gateway to Mt Aspiring National Park and just 1 hrs drive from Queenstown. With many fine restaurants and accommodation options, vineyards, walking trails and golf courses and New Zealand's Southern Alps as a backdrop, It is not just a fishermans paradise it is a paradise for everyone.

Alpine Fishing Guides offers guided half, full and multi day trips on the surrounding gin clear rivers and lakes for wild brown and rainbow trout.  Walk and wade sight fishing using 4WD, drift or float fishing by inflatable raft or remote back country rivers by helicopter.

Alpine Fishing Guides is one of the few companies in New Zealand to offer float trips .

Greg is trained in Outdoor First Aid, River rescue and is a qualified New Zealand Rafting guide. Audited by Maritime NZ yearly and fully insured you can be sure of a safety conscious and professional operation.

Greg is a passionate and patient guide and is happy taking beginners to the most experienced. He will tailor your fishing trip to meet your ability and expectations  and do his uttermost to be sure you leave New Zealand with fond memories of a true New Zealand trout fishing adventure.

For any questions or inquiries contact Greg now . You will be sure to get a prompt reply.

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Jeff Jones

Jeff Jones has operated his Queenstown Trout Safaris since 1989. Providing efficient quick no fuss boat access to Queenstown’s backcountry trout streams and providing guided fly fishing for beginner or experienced fly anglers.
Jeff’s extensive knowledge of the local Trout fishing opportunities in the Queenstown and Southern lakes region provides anglers with a complete guided fishing service, fly fishing or boat fishing for Wild Trout and Salmon on the Southern Lakes regions trout streams ,rivers and lakes.
Summer sighted dry fly fishing for wild Rainbow & Brown trout is a specialty! Jeff is a member of the Pro Staff of Thomas and Thomas rods & is NZ Maritime Safety authority approved skipper.

Access to the backcountry is provided by 4WD  or a 6 metre Cabin Cruiser for Lake fishing charters on Lake Wakatipu.Boat charters provide an excellent boat fishing experience for Trout and Salmon for groups of 1-4 persons. Telephone:+64 3 442 6570

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Gerald Telford

Gerald Telford is a Fly Fishing Guide base out of Wanaka in the Southern Lakes of the South Island. He specialises in sight fishing for brown and rainbow trout in the rivers and streams of Otago, Southland and Central South Island. Daily rate includes all equipment including fly rod and waders. For the enthusiastic angler a multi day Southern Circuit is the way to go.

Telephone: + 64 275 356 651

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Craig Smith

Craig Smith is a full time professional guide around the Wanaka region, with 15 years experience. His family lives on the shore of Lake Hawea.

Key points about Craig’s guiding service:

  • All equipment supplied if required. Latest Sage rods, Simms wading gear.
  • FFF certified casting instructor
  • Expert local knowledge of the waters and weather patterns of the Southern Lakes region
  • Backcountry rivers a specialty including multi day tours staying in private huts
  • Heli fishing options
  • Regular guide for the top lodges and accommodation providers in Wanaka

For more information please go to my website, or call on + 64 27 6469419

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Roger Tompkins

You can contact Roger via his website or telephone +64 21 436870.

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Matt Butler

Matt Butler, is a young, passionate and energetic fly fishing guide based out of Wanaka, New Zealand. Originally from the Central North Island, Matt moved south to immerse himself in the incredible Fly Fishing and diversity that the South Island has to offer and spends most of his time exploring the numerous waters and attractions that the amazing landscape provides. "I have a strong passion for all things fly fishing but I am most in my element when hunting trout in clear waters that require careful stalking and spotting. I pride myself in my fish spotting abilities and making the decisions required to successfully hookup.” Matt uses multiple methods when on the water but generally focuses his efforts on upstream dry fly/nymph fishing to sighted fish and adapts his methods where necessary. Whether you are a beginner or experienced angler Matt will ensure that your day and trip is unforgettable. With his extensive knowledge of New Zealand Matt can tailor your whole adventure to ensure you get the most immersive and authentic kiwi experience, both on and off the water.

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