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October 30th, 2018

Another epic season of fly fishing begins 18/19

We‘re only a few weeks into the 2018/19 fly fishing season on the Upper Waiau River, but it’s already looking impressive. After a mild winter, the rainbow and brown trout have done spawning and are fattening up.

An angler shows off his catch on a Fiordland Outdoors Co. guide trip.
Fiordland Outdoors Co. – NZ Fly Fishing

It’s hard to beat a day on the Upper Waiau River to give you that escapism you’ve been craving. Located on the edge of Fiordland National Park, the river’s landscape and weather reminds you of back country fishing, but the township of Te Anau is only a short drive away.

We know you want to spend the day on the river chasing and catching your trophy trout – not stuck in a vehicle getting there and back. We collect you from your accommodation and get you on our boat, so you experience a full day of casting, hunting and catching.

Our experienced guides are exactly the kind of people that you want to share this experience with. They’re all Fiordland locals who can tell a good yarn and can create a day that’s uniquely yours. If you need to brush up, you’ll have some time to practise your casting in an easier section of the river, before moving on to hunt in the more challenging spots.

The Upper Waiau River is deep and fast moving, which means some prime fishing spots can only be accessed via boat. Our jet boat means we can reach the several small islands, beaches and eddies. As well as fishing from the shore, you can fish from the boat (the motor is really quiet for a jet boat, so the fish don’t get spooked).

On full day trips for lunch we stop for a riverside BBQ, prepared and cooked by our guides and made from Fiordland’s famous wild produce, like locally sourced sausages, venison burgers, crayfish, or blue cod.

Although it’s not as well-known as some of the other rivers in New Zealand and Fiordland, the Waiau River has probably got some of the best mayfly hatches in Southland. The evening rise before the sun goes down is when it gets exciting – and when you’re most likely to catch that trout to remember.

Fiordland’s landscape and weather makes for a challenging and exciting day of fishing. If you haven’t been fly fishing for a while, we recommend you practise your casting, especially in windy weather.

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