- The Regular West Coast Fishing Trout and Salmon Season runs from October to the end of April.
- A winter season from May to September is open in some the lakes and lower reaches of the Rivers is available.
October – November most rivers carry variable amounts of water at this time due to rain and snow melt. There is nymph fishing of exceptional quality at this time. The weather can be cooler in the earlier part of the season.
Late November December is also time for the large Sea-Run Browns to make an appearance. The weather now starts to become more stable. Fish are beginning to rise to dries. An exceptional time to fish in New Zealand.
January – February Accuracy of casting and delicate presentation. Results in excellent catches March – April. The sun is moving lower in the sky making spotting fish a little harder. Salmon are in the major rivers and some lakes during this period.
- Rods: 9’ or 9’6”; 5 or 6 wt med to fast action
- Reeds: Matched to the rod with approximately 100 meters backing
- Fly Line: Floating preferably in a muted tone; grey or green (not fluro white or yellow)
- Leader: 12’ – 16’ tapered knotless to 6x
- Tippet: A selection of 4, 5, 6x
- Dries and Nymphs: Bring your own favorite patterns in size 12 to 18 including tungsten bead heads. We do have available an excellent range of local patterns for purchase
- Completely waterproof jacket, wide brimmed hat, Polaroid glasses and camera
- Waders: Stocking foot for early season. Thermal long Johns and Cotton over trousers are good for midsummer.
- Boots: Rubber soled, with or without studs are best due to the invasion of - Diddymo in some of our Rivers. Boots, waders and anything wet from the river will be washed and treated after the end of fishing each day.
Head guide: Tony Allan
Tony has 25 years of South Island Fishing and guiding experience, being a conservationist who has adopted a 'catch & release' policy to ensure the future of these fisheries.
Tony has fished all over the world visiting some of the most challenging fishing destinations. This has given him an appreciation for the unique experience he has to offer when taking people fishing from his specialty lodge.
Before building his lodge he owned and operated South Island Fishing Tours where he and his team of guides fished throughout the South Island taking his clients to some of the more remote areas. Tony always looks forward to meeting new and old fishing friends.
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