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Southland is a fishing heaven. Every year the region attracts anglers
from across the globe to its clear running, trout-laden rivers. Under big
skies and surrounded by awesome mountain ranges, you can escape all
distractions as you cast for brown trout, rainbow trout and salmon.
Let’s not forget about the salt-water options! Fishing along the southern
coastlines you will find prolific numbers of blue cod, trumpeter and
tarakihi (just to name a few). Charter boat tours are available throughout
the region for those wanting to experience the deep seas with an
• Southland rivers and streams offer easy public access, plentiful fish
and water so clear it is often described as ‘gin-clear’. So famous is
Southland for its fly fishing Gore is commonly called the ‘Brown
Trout Capital of the World’.
• The Mataura Valley is known as a ‘dry-fly Mecca’ and is one of the
best trout fishing rivers in the world. It has the highest population
and catch rate of any river in New Zealand.
• Riverton, The Catlins and Stewart Island offer epic coastlines perfect
for sea fishing adventures. The fish are so prolific you’ll need the
biggest chilly bin you can find to store your haul.
Search Fish South atwww.southlandnz.com