FISHING NEW ZEALAND: SIGHT FISHING, SOUTH ISLAND
"For the past 10 years, I have had the great pleasure of fishing the Southland rivers with Daryl as my guide. Each year has been truly superb! Daryl is the consummate fisherman/guide, extraordinarily knowledgeable, extremely patient, as well as an inveterate teacher of the South Island fishery, who is able to spot fish with remarkable precision in the crystal clear water. This past year for me was particularly rewarding with 93 fish brought to the net in 12 days. Also of note are the seven beautiful brown trout in excess of 10 lbs (!) that, due to Daryl, I have been fortunate to land over the years."
Amos Smith III, Pennsylvania
"Rob, we had a great time. The Oreti river will haunt my dreams for the rest of my life. I was thrilled with the opportunity to catch such big, beautiful fish in such a secluded environment. While I have seen big fish before, never have I seen so many and had so many chances of catching that Big Brown.
Daryl was awesome. He has the eyes of an eagle and he truly understands what it takes to catch the big one. He also has a great sense of humor and we not only caught some fish, but we had a few laughs as well. When I go back to the South Island, I will definitely fish with Daryl. He was great.
Then there was Roger and Paula from Five Rivers. Great accommodations, great food, and very fun getting to know them. We loved the place and Paula goes out of her way to make you feel at home and feed you food that is "just like Mom's".
It was a great trip and one that I will be telling all my fishing mates about for some time to come. We are hoping to make it back again to see if we can't land a few more of the big ones.�
Rich Bushell, Utah
Fish and Game New Zealand describe Southland�s Mataura River as one of New Zealand�s most famous fishing rivers � the most famous feature being its hatches of mayfly. While other New Zealand rivers tend to have sporadic hatches in the evenings, the Mataura produces consistent hatches that can start at 10am and last through until nightfall.
The Mataura is just one of 50 rivers and streams within 90 minutes of your base, which is 1 hour South of Queenstown and about 1 hour from Te Anau. The area is renowned for sight fishing for both rainbow and brown trout, particularly using dry fly but also with nymph or combination set-ups.
Five Rivers Retreat:Dinner,Bed & Breakfast
Located on a 700 acre deer, sheep and cattle farm. Offers two stylishly designed and decorated guest suites each with their own private entrance. This is our choice if you�re after dinner, bed and breakfast (as well as evening drinks). Each suite has a king size bed (able to be converted to twin king singles), plus ensuite bathroom featuring a bath, large shower, and tiled heated floor. One suite has a television while the other suite has a CD Player, and both suites are equipped with tea and coffee making facilities. There is also a large guest lounge which has an open fire for you to relax in front of at your convenience. A self-service laundry facility is available on request.
Naylor House:Self Contained Cottage.
This historic homestead was built in the 1870�s and has been lovingly renovated by the great grand-daughter of its original builder and owner. The homestead sleeps up to six people in three bedrooms � 1 king/twin, 1 queen ensuite and 1 twin. There is a large country kitchen kitted out with all sorts of utensils, a microwave, and full gas and electric stove. Naylor House is self catering, though breakfasts and evening meals are available for an additional charge.
3 nights, Five Rivers, including breakfast, dinner & drinks for two, plus two days of guided fly fishing: $2515.00
4 nights, Five Rivers, including breakfast, dinner & drinks for two plus three days of guided fly fishing: $NZ3570.00
3 nights, Naylor House for two (self catering), plus two days of guided fly fishing: $NZ1750.00
4 nights, Naylor House for two (self catering), plus three days of guided fly fishing: $NZ2550.00
Transportation from Queenstown
The above pricing assumes you will find your own way to either Five Rivers or Naylor House. However, a private shuttle service from Queenstown Airport is available at a cost of $NZ400, which includes drop-off to either Five Rivers or Naylor House, as well as pickup and return to Queenstown Airport.
About your guides
Alan, Daryl and Graeme were all born in Southland and offer decades of experience and local knowledge of fishing and guiding in the Southland/Fiordland region. They are all members of the New Zealand Professional Fishing Guides Association (NZPFGA). Rivers such as the Mataura, Oreti, Aparima and Waiau including their tributaries, offer access to over 50 rivers and streams as well as the Fiordland area all within 90 minutes drive.