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.