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Fishing destinations around New Zealand’s South Island

Lake Henrietta Trout Spinning and Fly Fishing – Canterbury High Country

View looking north across Lake Henrietta from the Harper Road. Note the scale provided by the car to the right of picture. Photograph Allan Burgess.

Lake Henrietta Lake Henrietta comprises two small lakes side by side on the shingle Harper Road just north of Lake Selfe. Surrounded by snow-capped mountains on all sides the scenery around Lake Henrietta is grand! When the nor’wester blows be prepared to hold on tight to your hat and endure dust blown from the road having been stirred up by passing More...

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Monty Wright with 12 lb rainbow hen from the Caples River. Photograph John Todd. Featured image.
By Allan Burgess On Saturday, October 27th, 2018
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Caples and Greenstone Rivers, and the Black Rock, Otago

Home » Destinations S.I. » Page 2 Caples and Greenstone Rivers, and the Story of the Black Rock by Monty Wright Monty Wright with 12 lb rainbow hen from the Caples River. Photograph John Todd. It was a beautiful More...

The ritual of Opening Weekend at Lake Coleridge. You can just see anglers fishing from the distant shoreline.
By Allan Burgess On Friday, October 26th, 2018
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Lake Coleridge, Canterbury High Country – Trout and Landlocked Salmon Fishing MAP

Lake Coleridge Map Lake Coleridge Map also showing the smaller lakes that make up the Coleridge group. Map: 1:50,000. Each grid square represents 1 km. Map Sourced from NZTopo50-BW20. Crown Copyright Reserved. Coleridge More...

kahawai caught at the mouth of the Wairau Diversion, Marlborough
By Allan Burgess On Monday, October 22nd, 2018
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Wairau River and Diversion, Marlborough Salmon and Trout Fishing

Wairau River and Wairau Diversion, Marlborough Sea-run trout, rainbow trout, salmon – plus whitebait, kahawai, red cod, and mullet in the lower rivers and river mouths The Wairau River runs for 140km. The More...

By Allan Burgess On Sunday, October 21st, 2018
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Rakaia River Mouth a Top Spot for Sea-Run Trout Fishing

Home » Destinations S.I. » Page 2 Surf fishing the Rakaia River mouth at first light for kahawai and sea-run brown trout. Rakaia River Mouth Sea-Run Trout Fishing Some years the Rakaia River can experience unusually More...

Allan with a brace of rainbow trout for the smoker.
By Allan Burgess On Monday, October 15th, 2018
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Lake Selfe Trout Fishing – High Country Brown and Rainbow Trout

Home » Destinations S.I. » Page 2 Spin fishing is permitted on Lake Selfe and is a leisurely way to while away the hours. Vegetation to the water’s edge can make the fly rod difficult to use in some places. More...

This young angler looks pleased with his big brown trout.
By Allan Burgess On Thursday, October 11th, 2018
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Lake Coleridge Fish & Game High Country Opening Fishing Competition 2011

Lake Coleridge Opening Fishing Contest Climbing out of our warm climate controlled 4×4 truck at Lake Selfe for this year’s Canterbury High Country Opening Weekend was a bit of a shock. It was freezing More...

My initial excitement saw me predicting 10lbs plus, however, the scales said 8lb even. Still, I let out a whoop and a holler and allowed myself a celebratory cigarette. The fish weighed more than my son David born a week earlier at 7 1/2lb. so definitely another proud moment for me. Oreti River. Featured image.
By Allan Burgess On Wednesday, October 10th, 2018
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Oreti River, Southland, Quality Brown Trout Fishing on Spinner and Fly

Oreti River – ”If it is over your ankles fish it” by Bryce Stupples My initial excitement saw me predicting 10lbs plus, however, the scales said 8lb even. Still, I let out a whoop and a holler and More...

Bryan's first two groper - Cook Strait. Photo: Lex Coutts. Deep-Sea Fishing. Featured image.
By Allan Burgess On Monday, October 8th, 2018
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Deep-Sea Fishing Adventures Aboard Cygnet Charters – Dryden Bay

Deep-Sea Fishing Adventures Aboard Cygnet Charters by Lex Coutts Bryan’s first two groper – Cook Strait. Photo: Lex Coutts. Deep-Sea Fishing. It never ceases to amaze me how anglers from anywhere in More...

Denis Brundell helping Rod across the Greenstone River. Fishing the Caples River. Featured Image.
By Allan Burgess On Saturday, October 6th, 2018
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Caples River – The Dart, Diamond Creek, and the Rees – all in flood

Home » Destinations S.I. » Page 2 Caples River – The Dart, Diamond Creek, and the Rees – were all in flood – Fly Fishing New Zealand by Monty Wright Denis Brundell helping Rod across the Greenstone More...