Opening Day New Zealand - Fiordland Fishing Guide - Review

As a fishing guide and fly fishing addict the opening of the fishing season here in New Zealand doesn’t seem to come quick enough. As photos filter in thru facebook and instagram from our friends ‘Across the Ditch’ in Ozzie land the anticipation is palpable.. There season opens earlier than ours by a month. You can only watch and pound the like button in support of your fellow minded foe knowing it’s not long till your time comes.

Due to the amazing access we now have to weather forecasting sites on the internet most Kiwi anglers will be planning there attack a week out from opening. Weather forecasts are never a guarantee but in this day and age you get a fair idea of what your in for. It’s almost uncanny but for some reason more than likely the first spring changes seem to appear majestically on or about the same time as opening day. We normally experience this change down in the far south with wind changes moving more to West/South West with cold southerly blows. This usually means that the lows will be trying to push up contesting the high troughs that are slowly trying to prove there dominance. Undoubtedly this change periodically brings fluctuating spring rains and a mix of high and low temperatures.

So I here you ask!! How’s it been. How’s the early season fishing?

Good. We seem to have escaped any major frontal systems for now. It’s been more cold than wet, the forecast looks good for the short term as well. I had a nice opening day spent in the sun chasing rainbows and picked a nice brown up today.


Only selected waters are open at the moment. Please read the Fish & Game rules and regulations for all the up to date info.

Even though it can be hit and miss each season the opportunities are always there. Best thing is there’s no one around and the trout are happy and ready to eat.

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Chris Reygaert

NZPFGA Accredited

P: +64 22 453 6854