Mataura River Fly Fishing

The 6th most popular fly fishing river in New Zealand.

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Northeast of Invercargill near Gore, the Mataura River runs 140 miles through pastoral lands and is known for it's amazing wild brown trout fly fishing. You can expect to find plenty of brown trout around three pounds and up to 19 inches long. The Mataura River has steep, densely grassed banks and is prone to brown floods after rains.

Most of the access to the Mataura River is through private paddocks or pastures, so make sure to ask the friendly landowners first and always close the gates.

Note: Make sure to purchase a seasonal fishing license.

Overall, Mataura River is the 6th most popular fly fishing river of all 8 fly fishing spots in New Zealand.


Local Contact(s):  NZ Fish And Game 07-357-5501; Stu Fly Shop +64-3-248-8890

Recommended Book:  "Rough Guide To New Zealand" from

Recommended Map:  "New Zealand Adventure Map" from National Geographic

Best Season:  Jan - Apr

Base Camp:  Heartland Hotel Corydon, Gore +64-3-357-1919; Brentleigh Homestead, Gore +64-3-201-6166

Luxury Loding:  Lodge At Tikana, Winton +64-3-236-4117

Reference Source:  click here

Article Source:   Best Mataura River Fly Fishing Review

GPS:  -46.082757, 168.945866

Date Published:  1/1/2016

Date Updated:  7/22/2016

ID:  22291

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