Tony Entwistle's Fly Fishing


New Zealand


5 Mason Place, Richmond 7020, Nelson


Latitude: -41.346828

Longitude: 173.200222



+64-3 544 4565

027-473 2483

+64-3 544 4565

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Since the early 1980s, Nelson / Marlborough and the upper West Coast  regions of New Zealand’s South Island have become favourite destinations for anglers who love clear waters and wild places. It is now a must-do for any fly-angler serious about their sport. Now’s the time to come  fly-fish and explore the amazing rivers at the top of the South Island and catch some of the best quality brown trout in the world.


  • The Open Season for trout fishing in the top of the South Island is from October 1st to April 30th on all rivers.
  • November to March is historically the most popular period for overseas visitors to fish here, but there is excellent fly fishing at any time during the season.
  • There are limited areas open for fishing from May 1st to September 3oth (Winter Season), which provide opportunities to fly-fish beyond the peak season.
  • Typically the highest average daily catch rates are achieved prior to Christmas, before trout are fished over by many other anglers.
  • Peak months for dry fly fishing on mayfly hatches are mid-November to mid-December and mid-February to the end of April.
  • Good nymph fishing is available throughout the entire season.
  • Dry fly fishing using cicadas peaks from mid-January to early-March. Willow-grub dry fly fishing peaks Jan-Feb and Passionvine-hopper is from mid February to late-April.
  • The best opportunities for trophy trout (in excess of 4.5kg / 10lbs) usually occur from late-November onwards. Catchability varies considerably from season to season.
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