Published On: Sun, Sep 9th, 2018

Kent, John – South Island Trout Fishing Guide

South Island Trout Fishing Guide by John Kent

New Revised Edition September 2009

South Island Trout Fishing Guide

by John Kent

Photographs by Patti Magnano Madsen

Size: 215mm x 135mm. 258 pp total. Black and white photographs. Line art maps. First published 1990, reprinted 1993, 1995, revised 1996, new edition 1998, Revised 2002, Reprint 2004, New edition 2006. ISBN 13: 978 0 7900 1094 6 and ISBN 0-7900-0396-1.
NEW Revised Edition September 2009 – ISBN 0143202685. This edition is much improved and considerably expanded. Size: 215mm x 135mm. 352 pp total. Black and white photographs. Line art maps.
South Island Trout Fishing Guide by John Kent

South Island Trout Fishing Guide by John Kent 2006 edition.

2002 and 2009 Edition John Kent’s South Island Trout Fishing Guide is a comprehensive guide to the South Island’s incomparable trout fishing waters. More than 400 rivers and 150 lakes are described, along with their location, access, fishing season and appropriate techniques and flies. This book will be of special interest to anglers who enjoy the challenge of exploring and fishing new water. The author has revised and updated this edition of the South Island Trout Fishing Guide to include additional rivers and all new photographs.

“The new 2009 edition of John Kent’s South Island Trout Fishing Guide has been much improved and revised. It is now 352 pages and there are 8 colour pages added. Highly recommended – Allan Burgess”

“The South Island’s wide diversity in landforms and climate is reflected in its waterways. There are sluggish, rain and swamp-fed streams meandering across farmland, clear rushing mountain torrents shaded by dense native bush, unstable glacier-fed rivers, cold spring streams and natural and artificial lakes. Yet nearly all these waterways contain trout, and with the many rivers and lakes exhibiting such widely differing characteristics, the South Island is truly an angler’s paradise.

South Island Trout Fishing Guide by John Kent. Earlier 1998 edition.

South Island Trout Fishing Guide by John Kent. Earlier 1998 edition.

In this comprehensive guide to the South Island’s incomparable trout fishing waters, more than 270 rivers and 95 lakes are described, along with their location, access, fishing season and appropriate techniques and flies. The book will be of special interest to anglers who enjoy the challenge of exploring and fishing new water. As the author says, ‘one of trout fishing’s great excitements is the experience of discovering a new stream or lake.’

John Kent, author of the successful companion volume, the North Island Trout Fishing Guide, draws on over 40 years’ trout fishing experience and a lifelong enthusiasm for New Zealand’s backcountry and high country fishing areas to provide an unparalleled guide for local and visiting anglers alike.”

Note that the later editions have been expanded and have more pages going from 258 to 352. Different editions also have different colour covers.

Here is a bio on John Kent from Penguin Books.

South Island Trout Fishing Guide by John Kent 2002 edition 352pp.

South Island Trout Fishing Guide by John Kent 2002 edition 352pp.

“This book is a ‘must-have’ for all anglers who fish for trout in New Zealand’s South Island. Highly recommended to the travelling angler in particular.” Allan Burgess

There is also a North Island Trout Fishing Guide by John Kent, which I also have no hesitation recommending to you. 

About the Author

- Fishingmag.co.nz website editor.