The Fly Fishing From Queenstown
Join internationally recognized fly fishing guide and writer, Chris Dore for an experience on some of the world’s finest trout streams, where he will introduce you to the superbly conditioned brown and rainbow trout which abound in Southland's unparalleled waters.
The rivers you have dreamt about are Chris's home waters, and his much sought after local knowledge and many years of exploration will ensure that your visit is a memorable one.
As an FFF Certified Casting Instructor and member of the New Zealand Professional Fishing Guides Association, Chris is the obvious choice for an unforgettable foray into the worlds premier fly fishing destination.
Southland is home to more rivers and streams than any other province in New Zealand.
Blessed with an abundance of productive spring creeks, freestone rivers, rain fed streams and lakes of many sizes, the Southland angler never has to travel far to experience a diverse range of waters, and these are the basis for some of the worlds finest trout fishing.
From the mountainous, alpine rivers of the Queenstown region to the technical dry fly waters of Southland, through to the true wildness waters of the Fiordland, and South Westland regions the adventurous angler will never be left wanting.
It is the trout these waters hold, both rainbow, and predominantly brown, which gives the Southland region its reputation as New Zealand’s premier fly-fishing destination. The skilful sight fishing and 'match the hatch' techniques required to catch these fish draw much international interest , and many anglers visit in search of the ultimate fly-fishing experience. While many of our rivers do not support the sheer numbers of fish found in many American waters, the opportunity to spot and stalk individual trout more than compensates for quantity. This is akin to hunting; we stalk, locate and cast to trout in their natural environment, where stealth and presentation mean everything.
Many of these fish are large – a 6-pound (circa 24-inch) trout will fail to raise the eyebrows of an initiated local – although many would put the average size of the trout that we encounter at around 3 pound (18inches). With the wide variety of waters available throughout the wider Queenstown area, both backcountry and local there are more than enough angler days to fish each day of the season without covering the same productive beat twice!
Dozens of rivers and streams are accessible by 4WD as daytrips, half day trips, or included in a multi-day itinerary. No matter what the conditions or the weather, Chris is one of the few who can always find you fishable water.
A typical day involves being picked up from your accommodation at a prearranged time, driving to our destination by air-conditioned 4WD vehicle and sampling some of NZ’s finest small stream fly fishing The average day allows for 8 hours fishing time, although one will never be pulled off the river if Chris thinks an evening hatch is imminent. Travelling times to our fishing areas vary depending on conditions, though are generally between 50 minutes to 2 hours drive time each way.
Multi day safari
Probably the best way to experience the wide variety of fishing that Southland has on offer is a multi-day trip where you hit the road staying close to the areas being fished at a selection of cabins, farmstays, hotels, and bed & breakfasts. This reduces travelling time maximizes the time spent fishing, and provides more flexibility for dealing with adverse weather conditions. Ask Chris about his backcountry campouts and car camping experiences.
Wilderness, Helicopter Accessed Fly Fishing
Go remote, into waters rarely fished by the majority of anglers with a Heli Fishing Adventure. Heli fishing isn't necessarily about finding larger trout, or bigger numbers of fish. It is all about getting into truly remote waters and experiencing the challenge of deceiving wild brown and rainbow trout in the breathtaking surrounds of inaccessible mountain valleys and gin clear waters. Available as a day trip, or incorporated into a multi day itinerary with camp out options. Price varies with flight duration and a quote can be arranged on application.
Introduction to Double Handed fly fishing
Double Handed rods are a great way to get big flies deep, and open up the potential of our larger rivers. Let Chris introduce you to the art of Spey casting on the renowned, big-water rainbow trout fishery of the Upper Clutha.
Using 11’ two-handed Switch rods, Chris will introduce you to the fundamentals of spey casting, and effective techniques to maximize the potential of large water fisheries.
The skills you will learn are readily transferable to any big water fishery, such as NZ’s famed Tongariro river, or the large, braided waters of the Canterbury region, as well as many steelhead waters of Canada, the United States and BC. Check out Chris' Two Handed Fly Fishing page here
We actively promote 100% catch and release. Take nothing but photographs: leave nothing but footprints.
Let Chris share
with you those secret places
that only a local could know about!!