The key to success in trout fishing in New Zealand is using the correct technique to suit the river, season and weather conditions. Here’s a brief overview of the styles we use.


Arguably the most pulse pounding and exhilarating of the fly fishing methods. The sight of one of our large Brown or Rainbow trout rising slowly to suck down your offering is certain to test the nerve of even the most experienced of anglers!

Although is it said that @ 90% of all trout food is sub surface nymphs, I find that the amount of fish we land on dries is disproportionately high. About 25 – 30% according to my logs over the course of a season with this being higher over the December – March period when river levels and insect populations are more stable and hatches more prolific.


Nymph fishing is the most efficient all round method overall for New Zealand conditions and accounts for the largest proportion of fish landed. The most commonly used of the nymphing techniques is the upstream style, where the angler approaches from downstream of either a sighted fish or likely lie, to present upstream with a slack line / dead drift over the right spot.


Fishing large streamer flies can be very effective especially when river levels are high and discolored due to heavy rainfall. We sometimes fish streamers on the way back from a day up river, where previously unseen fish can charge the fly from the shadows, having had their predatory instincts triggered by an ‘Invader’.

Small wets have their place too, either fished down and across a ripple on a lowland river, a hatch on a pool on dusk, or even dead drift upstream.


Our specialty for this is ultra light spin fishing, all tackle is high quality lightweight and we use a variety of modern and innovative lures to suit all water types. This type of fishing is very exciting for the angler with trout charging the lure from the shadows or depths. The trick is to induce the take which can be quite subtle or very aggressive and is often in full view to the angler.

Playing and landing the fish with this gear is also very responsive and a real adrenalin rush for the angler.

It’s also a great way to prospect new areas as you can cover more water and entice wary trout from normally hidden lies.


Large trout get that way by often shunning the daylight hours to feast at night on the large hatches of Caddis flies, bullies (small freshwater fish) and smaller trout and eels.

If you really want a chance to catch that trophy fish of a lifetime the best time to do this is after the sun has gone down or just before if first rises. We make regular after dark excursions and are happy to show you this specialized type of fishing.


Once every three of four years in the South Island the native beech trees seed and this can cause an explosion in the mouse population. These mice move around generally at night and many end up in rivers where trout eagerly dine on them.

This new diet of mice encourages prodigious growth in these trout, they are generally in amazing condition with large bodies and small heads weighing in at sometimes 4-5 lbs heavier. Trout have been landed with up to 12 mice in their bellies and at weights coming in at over 15-16 lbs!!

This is unique to the South Island, it’s never guaranteed when the beech trees will decide to seed but signs are looking good for this to happen this year.