Southland & Fiordland

The most Southern latitudes of New Zealand offer a diverse range of waters from rugged freestone rivers through to spring creeks and  lowland "match the hatch" dry fly fishing  on meandering  streams. 

The Mataura River, being one of New Zealand’s most storied fisheries, is famed for its prolific mayfly hatches and has a healthy population of predominantly medium sized  brown trout. 
Flowing out of Northern Southland the freestone Oreti River is well known for its large Browns whereas the nearby Aparima River holds a quality stock of mid to large sized Brown trout.

In the far West the Waiau River drains the Fiordland Lakes and contains both Browns and Rainbows in abundant numbers while the remote tributaries of Lakes Te Anau and Manapouri provide  true wilderness angling opportunities in the clearest waters for large brown and rainbow trout.

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

Lawton Weber

You can contact Lawton by telephone on :+ 64 3 279 7119

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Stu Tripney

Stu has been teaching fly casting and running his NZ Fly Fishing School for years, during this time he has introduced thousands of people into the fascinating world of fly casting and fishing. In 2007 Stu sat and passed his FFF casting instructor’s exam. By the end of 2007 he passed the “big one” and became the first certified FFF Master Casting Instructor in NZ and Australia. 

He offers Guided Fly Fishing Trips, NZ Fly Fishing School, Casting Lessons and owns his own fly design company - Stu's Superior Flies NZ Ltd. Every year, many local and international fly fisherman and women seek out Stu to help them perfect their fly-casting skills. Through the years, he has won many fishing competitions, an international gold medal for fly design. Stu owns the world famous Fly Fishing Shop in Athol and is also a professional fly-fishing guide. Along with Stu's experience and high quality equipment you will soon learn how to catch the cunning wild trout of New Zealand. Telephone: +64 3 248 8890

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Michael Hartstonge

Michael has over 30 years experience fishing in and around Southland and Fiordland. His specialties include sight fishing for the wily brown trout of Southland and matching the hatch on the famous Mataura River. He’s also just as apt at targeting the hard fighting rainbow trout of Western Southland. When he’s not fishing he spends time in his role as a third term councilor for Southland Fish and Game fighting to ensure Southland’s rivers and lakes are protected and there for future generations to enjoy.

While his guiding season is often booked out months in advance there are still opportunities to join Michael and experience the many wonders of the trout fishing world that Southland offers.Michael may be contacted via email or phone +64 3 217 6060  or +64 27 486 2027

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Mike Molineux

Mike has been fishing and guiding for brown and rainbow trout in the rivers and lakes of Fiordland for the past 25yrs. Mike specialises in still water fly fishing and guides on Lakes and Rivers. Spin fishing option available. Trolling - Trout fishing from a boat – no experience required, max 2 people. All fishing excursions are weather dependant and quality fishing gear is supplied. Accommodation in holiday homes can be arranged, for more info and rates see website.

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Brendan Shields

Born and raised in Southland New Zealand and based in Gore next to the famous Mataura River, Brendan specializes in sight fishing for Brown and Rainbow trout.  Brendan has many years of experience in the pursuit of trout with dry fly and nymphs which he has developed at his vice. He also has an in depth knowledge of many Southern back country rivers and low land streams, many well known for their prolific hatches and healthy population of trout. Guided trips are tailor made for your fitness level and angling experience guaranteeing a memorable fly fishing adventure. Telephone +64 27 679 3664


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Nick Reygaert

Nick Reygaert can be contacted via his website

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Mark Wallace

Fishing in the Fiordland region is simply incredible and offers many varied fishing options, all of which we can help you with.  We offer one of NZ’s most unique fishing experiences; drift fishing using a jet boat which is a real challenge to any angler and one to put on the bucket list.  We don’t just fish from the boat but use the boat to move around so we can fish the beaches and islands of the otherwise inaccessible mighty upper Waiau River.  This river holds spectacular and seldom fished at stocks of Brown and Rainbow Trout, 2-300 trout per kilometre, and is a great option for anglers looking to have fun and easier day on the legs as very little walking is involved.  We also offer more traditional guided fishing excursions and a water taxi service so our team can get you to some of Fiordland best wilderness sight fishing for a truly memorable day’s fishing.  “Thanks for a wonderful day on the water and some most special browns on the dry fly.  It has been the highlight of our visit to NZ”  Phil & Pat, USA

Bookings are essential, Telephone: +64 21 197 4555

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Graeme Watson

Hi, I’m Graeme, one of Nokomai’s experienced fishing guides.With over 40 years of fishing experience in the Southland and Otago region, I have a sound knowledge of weather, river conditions and where to find fish.I’m a member of the New Zealand Professional Fishing Guides Association, council member and chairman of Southland Fish & Game, and former conservation rep.

When I’m not on the river you will find me living in Queenstown with my wife and daughters, down south on our farm, or having a surf in Riverton.Come and join us at Nokomai for a taste of true Southern hospitality and unforgettable fishing, amongst the most amazing lakes and rivers in New Zealand.

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Dean Bell

"Dean Bell has earned a reputation as one of New Zealand's best, if not the best, guides. His fishing advice defines the sport." - John Randolph, Editor-Emeritus , Fly Fisherman magazine.

Come and explore the vast fly fishing opportunities on offer in and around the Fiordland area with guide Dean Bell. Dean featured in the acclaimed Dead Drift DVD and is a leading New Zealand's fly fishing guide. Discerning anglers demand the best out of themselves, their equipment and most importantly their guide. Dean prides himself in maximising the angling opportunity for those he guides in an area he has an intimate knowledge of. Whether it be chasing trophy brown trout locally or spending multiple days in New Zealand's largest expanse of wilderness area, Fiordland National Park, any fly fishing itinerary to New Zealand would not be complete without time spent with Dean Bell. Making fishing dreams a reality since 1994. Telephone: +64 27 538 8897

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Michael Scheele

Michael was born and breed in Southland and has fished there since he was 8 years old.

He started his Homestay and Art of Flyfishing Gallery in the MacKenzie Country where he guided his clients along the Omarama Stream and Ahuriri River.

Returning to Southland he has not only been recognised for his Worldwide Flyfishing Artwork The Art of Flyfishing but has now returned to his passion, Flyfishing, and his enjoyment is to share the paradise of the Southland Rivers and Streams and the scenery of this beautiful part of the world. 

Michael has already guided his previous clients, some of which are now his life long friends but he would also like to welcome new clients to what an existing client calls "being Scheeled" 

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Barry Perkins

I'm Barry Perkins, a 4th generation New Zealander, and have lived and fished in Southland for the last 30 years, spending the first 20 years dairy farming close to the Mataura River. During this time I have gained extensive local knowledge of the Southland area and it’s rivers, and I am confident I can show you some of the best fly fishing that you will find anywhere in the world. In 2001 we sold our farm and moved to Gore where I started trout fishing guiding, and with my wife Diane, own and operate a bed and breakfast, providing accommodation for fishermen.

The Mataura River is world renowned for  "Match the Hatch" fishing, however we are spoilt for choice, with over 25 other rivers and streams within one hour’s drive from Gore.I live and fish locally and consider it a privilege to guide visiting anglers on the Mataura and other Southland Rivers. After living here for many years I know the rivers intimately, and friendships with local landowners allow me access to some epic fishing spots.I specialize in Dry Fly and Nymph fishing and carry two fully rigged rods for clients, one for Dry Fly fishing, the other for Nymphing, so that we can fish off the top whenever there are rising fish without me wasting your valuable fishing time re-tying flies.

Whether you are a beginner or an expert, I have loads of patience, heaps of local knowledge, and expertise to help you experience the thrill of landing a hard fighting wild brown trout from our uncrowded Southland rivers. I do not charge a deposit or cancellation fee. Very occasionally a booking may need to be amended or cancelled due to river or weather conditions. As this is no fault of either party, I believe the client should not be financially disadvantaged. I will always try to find clear fishable water, and with over 25 rivers within one hours drive, can usually do so. Telephone: +64 3 208 6476

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Daryl Paskell

Daryl is part of the team at SOUTHLAND FLY FISHING GUIDES and has been a member of the NZPFGA for 10 years. Having fly fished since a young boy and having been brought up on the banks of the Upper Mataura River allows for a wealth of experience and local knowledge. Daryl specializes in sight fishing for both Brown and Rainbow Trout using Dry Fly and Nymph patterns created by himself on all Southland, Fiordland and West Otago rivers ranging from the remotest stunning back country streams to the beautiful slower moving lowland rivers. Come to Southland and let Soutrhland Fly Fishing Guides share with you a fly fishing experience second to none.

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Julian Peters

Please contact Julian via his website.

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