Located right on the doorstep of the Fiordland National Park, Te Anau and it's surrounds are recognized globally as a must see tourist destination.
Both Wild Brown and Rainbow Trout are plentiful in the Lakes and Rivers which abound the region.
Here’s a brief summary of the fishing opportunities that are central to the Fiordland region.
The Eglinton River
Within a short drive from Te Anau on your way to Milford sound is The Eglinton River Valley. Considered as the regions ‘Jewel In The Crown’ this moderate sized gin-clear freestone river holds both rainbow and brown trout in the 1-3kg range. When conditions are right this is fly anglers paradise. The headwaters are situated just on the eastern side of the Fiordland ranges so it can recieve significant amounts rainfall. Local knowledge is key. It’s my go to when conditions are just right and fishes well all season (dependant on water levels)
The Mararoa River System
This is an all time classic river system. The Headwaters go as far back as the Mararoa Saddle (almost level with Queenstown) and nestled in between the Livingstone and Thomson ranges this river then flows into to two lakes. The North Mavora Lake and then a small spring creek feeds into the South Mavora lake. Beyond the outflow of the South Mavora lake the river tumbles thru a gorge then settles as a large river meandering for over 60km untill it’s confluence with Waiau River .. Local knowledge is key to finding feeding fish on this amazing stretch of river.. Both lakes fish well for rainbow and brown trout in the 1-3kg range.