John Gendall Fly Fishing

Nelson Lakes National Park

South Island - New Zealand

Stalking wild brown trout & Kingfish

The New Zealand fly fishing season runs from October until May. There are 30 freestone rivers and streams within an hours drive. Helicopters can even be used to reach more remote locations further in the field. The Kingfish season starts early January through to May.

The rivers I fish surround five  famous catchment’s: the Wairau,  Buller , Grey, Maruia and  Motueka.  This ensures excellent fishing in all weather conditions. The style of fishing is stalking sighted fish with floating lines using dry flies and nymphs. New Zealand’s brown trout – especially on the South Island – typically average 4-6 pounds, with an ever present opportunity to catch a trophy fish.

Fly Fishing for Everyone: Beginner to Expert

We cater for all levels of fitness and fishing ability, ensuring your comfort and confidence. It is no myth that New Zealand trout are challenging but with patience and team work from your guide, the rewards can be truly astonishing. This experience will help you grow as an angler and provide you with wisdom that only a trip to New Zealand’s South Island can offer.

Other Fishing Options

In March and April, the Wairau River hosts a small run of Salmon in the 6-19 pound range. These can be targeted with a fly or lure. The river also hosts a good run of sea trout during January and February that can make for some fantastic fishing.

Salt water fly fishing for kingfish in golden bay, check out my saltwater page for more information.

‘Top of the south experience’ Hanmer &  Nelson

With the welcome addition of Jonathan Greensmith as my second guide, we now offer fully catered fishing trips in the north Canterbury region based out of Hanmer Springs. You can now arrive Christchurch, fish out of Hanmer with Jonathan and myself for a few days, then be driven to Nelson and fish there, departing Nelson. This gives you the full ‘top of the south’ experience with a vast variety of rivers, environments and small villages with two of the most experienced and trusted guides in these regions.

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