A day trip is an excellent option for the angler with limited time who wants to experience what NZ Fly Fishing is all about.
Whether you are a novice angler or like the comfort of Queenstown's and the quaint surrounding towns great accommodation options each night, this is the trip option for you.
The day comprises of 6-8 hours of fishing time.
Travel time being 30min-2hrs to and from the river depending on your unique desires for the day and varying river conditions.
Fly fishing equipment provided rods, reels, flies, etc.
A nutritious lunch, snacks, and beverages are included. We cater to dietary requirements
Pick up can be from your place of stay or a planned location agreed upon by guide and clients.
This day is about your New Zealand Fly Fishing experience. I pride myself on being able to accommodate every angler specific aspirations, from learning the fundamentals of casting, river approach, and reading water to hunting our holy grail trophy browns, something i thoroughly enjoy.
Back country overnight/ Multi-day Adventure
Adventures are about getting deep into the Backcountry and experiencing what serious kiwi anglers revel in. We are hiking into the headwaters camping out or staying in a hut. To wake up amidst a stunning location and fishing all day long or until your heart is content. This could mean chasing those trophy browns when they are most active in the evenings.
These trips can range from 2-4 days in length.
I think these are the most satisfying fishing experiences I provide as you get to connect with wild environments on a much deeper level and have opportunities at some great fish. The views and valleys demand your attention as the scenery is often breathtaking and brings joyous smiles to many faces.
Each trip is customized, Todd offers no-obligation quotes to plan your dream trip, so you have an authentic NZ fly fishing experience that unique to your specific desires.
All meals are included and are customizable. Dinner usually consists of fresh meats and salads, along with wine and beer . Cooked breakfast, smoothies, and toasted muesli, along with coffee, will keep us fishing all day long.
The lunches are always nutritious.
Quality camping gear is provided.
It is the quintessential NZ Fly fishing experience we dream about.
Regional road trips
Certain regions in the South island offer up diverse landscapes ranging from the golden colours of the central S.I high country to the temperate native beech forests of Fiordland. This trip is about exploring the diversity of exceptional waters the S.I offers. Being on the road gives us flexibility to fish the best rivers depending on weather conditions, this can be a huge advantage of finding success on the water as we can easily adapt and change locations.
It could be a tour of Southland. The idyllic valleys of Otago or into the depths of Fiordland and West coast wilderness.
Being on the road we have the options staying at small town pubs, campground cabins, air bnbs and farm stays to suit your comfort level. Breakfast and dinners we be enjoyed at local restaurants, pubs, cafes or prepared by ourselves.
You will be responsible for yourself and guides accommodation, dinner and breakfast. Lunch is included in the day price. If food and drink is supplied or paid for by the guide a set fee will be added to the day trip rate. Fee dependant on the number of anglers and diet.
We can pick you up from Queenstown's international Airport and head straight to the Back country to make the most of your precious time in New Zealand
A helicopter is a great way to get us deep in the backcountry where the scenery is breathtaking, and the rivers are pristine. It's not that the quality of fishing is better, or they are easier to catch, more so the stunning scenery that surrounds these places.
If interested, a quote will be provided upon enquiry.
This is an adventure you won't forget
A little more about the unique fly fishing experience New Zealand offers...
As you already know the rivers in the Southern Lakes region are nothing short of spectacular.
Fly fishing in New Zealand takes on more of a hunting/stalking approach as we sight and cast at specific fish. Watching wild brown and rainbow trout come up from deep in the water column to take a dry fly leaves many anglers obsessed with the fishing here.
That being said, it provides a significant challenge. The waters are so clear, and these fish are highly perceptive and in tune with their pristine environments. Their senses are extraordinary. They are incredibly vigilant. So alert to sound and vibrations, they will leave you wondering how on earth they knew you were coming. A misplaced rock can have them swimming for cover.
A stealth approach is critical.
An accurate cast at a range of 30+ ft with a 12-15ft leader is essential. Having adequate line control as drag can be the difference between the fish refusing or eating your fly.
All of these factors add to the satisfaction of hooking and landing one of these magnificent fish.
From Queenstown, there is an array of rivers to fish, all with unique characteristics and excellent opportunities at brown and rainbow trout. These rivers vary significantly in numbers and the size of fish. Fish density in some rivers will be up to two hundred fish per mile with fish between 2-6 pounds, and other waterways provide two fish per mile from 8-10+ pounds.
It is my absolute desire to guide you to catch the fish of your dreams and to give you experiences to remember in one of the most beautiful places on earth. Add to these hours great camaraderie, a passion for the outdoors, getting to meet authentic people like yourself, and you'll have a memory worth cherishing for a lifetime.
If I have the privilege of guiding you, you can be guaranteed of my utmost effort to ensure you have a trip to remember for all the right reasons.