Barry Perkins NZPFGA Guide;
brown trout fly fishing on the Mataura River, Gore, Southland, New Zealand. Dry
Fly or Nymph fishing, you will not be disappointed. Uncrowded rivers, wild brown
trout and some of the best Mayfly Hatches you will experience in New
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
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 Wentworth Heights Bed and
Breakfast, providing accommodation for fishermen.
The Mataura River is
world renowned for it’s "Match the Hatch" fishing, however we are spoilt
for choice, with over 25 other rivers and streams within one hours drive from
I started fishing in the Waihou River around my parents' North
Island farm when I was just a young kid, but after being introduced to fly
fishing in Taupo as a teenager, this became and has remained my
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.
fished in a number of countries including England, Wales, Finland, Austria and
Canada, and can truthfully say that the Mataura River can hold it’s own with any
water that I have been fortunate enough to fish.
I am a member of the New Zealand
Professional Fishing Guides Association (NZPFGA) and actively encourage catch
and release, and river conservation. The Association sets a standard to
ensure fishing clients have a quality and enjoyable fishing
One of the prerequisites for membership of NZPFGA is
that guides are certified in First Aid. For your safety I am fully qualified in
First Aid and CPR, and always carry the necessary first aid kit.
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.
Southland has a
temperate climate. Summer temperatures can reach 30 degrees celcius, however
most days will be around 15 to 25 degrees celcius. We can on occasions
experience all four seasons in one day, so visiting anglers should come prepared
with a warm, water and wind proof jacket.
If you are bringing your own
outer wear, light breathable waders are suitable. Please note that felt
soled boots are banned in New Zealand. Polaroid glasses are a must,
preferably amber coloured.
days, subject to light and weather conditions we will be spotting a lot of the
fish before casting to them.
Phone: +64 3 208 6476
Mobil: +64 27 617 3529