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New Zealand has a world-renowned wild trout fishery and the emphasis is on quality rather than quantity. The Fiordland area offers many rivers, streams and lakes in stunning locations with magnificent backdrops. With easy public access and plentiful fish, Fiordland is an angler’s paradise. Anglers come from all over the World to experience the world class trout fishing in these pristine Southern rivers. The conditions here allow them to test their skill in some of the best brown trout fisheries in the world. The water in the rivers and streams is so pure and clean it is often described as “gin clear”. Such clarity is perfect for hunting/stalking, sight fishing for large brown and rainbow trout.
The townships of Lake Manapouri and Lake Te Anau provide an excellent base from which to discover fly fishing nirvana. These two lakes have some great locations for fly fishing with access to beautiful streams and rivers by boat. Also, there are up to 20 rivers and streams within two hours’ drive which offer world-class fishing, including the Mataura River which has the reputation of being one of the best brown trout rivers in the world. There are outstanding rivers in the Fiordland area and within easy reach from the townships of Lake Te Anau and Lake Manapouri.
Guides will take anglers sight fishing for large trout in some of the best back country rivers in truly remarkable locations. New Zealand trout migrate from place to place depending on rainfall and New Zealand guides are always on the move looking for the best sight fishing. Fishing with a professional guide is recommended to allow access to the best fishing spots and to ensure that anglers get the most from their time here.