Fly fishing Queenstown/Wanaka/Arthurs pass suggestions

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    Hi folks,

    Got some time off so jumping in a Britz van and doing a SI roadtrip which i am pumped! about. Christchurch to Queenstown, up through Wanaka to the West Coast, up over Arthurs pass and back to Christchurch. All in a very limited time. Mainly travel from early morning and then spend the afternoons out on the water.

    I’ve tried to reasearch areas on the internet however I get ALOT of guides only information, unfortunately I won’t be getting a guide however I am very keen to venture out there by myself and try my luck.

    Does anyone have an suggestions for some productive rivers/lakes/flies and tactics that are running hot right now?

    Also any travel information of the tourist ‘essentials’ to see on the trip for someone on a trip of a lifetime that would be much appreciated.

    Thanks in advance and I wish you all a very Merry Christmas.



    Check out this website for info, it will have the majority of the fishing spots you’ll be going past, also try and get a look at a few of the fish and game pamphlets they have them in almost every fishing tackle shop. Around Queenstown you have all the little lakes around Lake Wakatipu within a short distance, Lake Moke, Kirkpatrick, Hayes, all offer good fishing with Lake Hayes maybe not having such as good access due to all the willows. In Wanaka you have the lake itself which if you can find a nice secluded bay has plenty of nice trout to keep you occupied. Then theres the Upper Clutha which has a lot of trout in it. West Coast has a tonne of rivers and lakes and almost all hold good numbers of browns check out the website above to look at which ones you’ll be going past.


    Streamers:Woolly Buggers, rabbit patterns.
    Dries: Elk caddis, mayfly dries, emergers, blowfly humpies, cicada, royal wulfs, parachute adams.
    Nymphs: Hair and copper, pheasant tail, any generalistic nymph, from unweighted through to heavy tungsten.

    Long leaders typical would be 16-17 feet but go longer if the waters particularly clear and fish a bit shy (which is often the case)

    Good Luck!

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