The Mataura River has a world wide reputation as being one of the best brown trout fishing rivers in the world. The 'mad Mataura rise' is legendary as are the numbers of fish which live in the river.
Although it is the Mataura which grabs the international limelight, there are numerous rivers and streams in the Gore region which provide equally superb fishing opportunities. With water so pure it is often described as 'gin clear', easy public access and plentiful fish this part of South Island is an anglers paradise.
But be warned!! Anglers should not be deceived by stories that trout in this area are easy to catch. Anglers fly fishing in these parts will find catching brown trout a challenge but those who take time to hone their skills and learn about the ways of the fish who live here will be well rewarded.
South Island Rivers have long provided wonderful trout fishing not only for local anglers but also for the many visitors from around New Zealand and overseas. They travel to our region to test their skill in some of the best brown trout fisheries in the world and to fish for rainbow trout in the spectacular mountain streams.
Gore abounds with numerous quality fly fishing rivers, streams and lakes. We have 27 excellent fishing rivers and streams within 2 hours easy driving from Gore The World Capital of Brown Trout Fishing.
There are numerous unique features that differentiate our fly fishing from the other fishing regions within New Zealand.
Seclusion and tranquillity
Clean clear water
Easy and good access to water
Wild trout hatchery (rather than farmed trout)
Large number of trout in good condition
Low density of anglers
High probability of catch
Wide range of fishing experiences in a small geographical area
The Mataura River has a worldwide reputation as being one of the best brown trout fly fishing rivers in the world. This is due to the fact that it has the highest population and catch rates of any river in New Zealand. It is also famous for its hatches and spinner falls and is the best match the hatch fishing in New Zealand.