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New Zealand Brown Trout with Fly Fishing Guide Tony Entwistle

Sight fish for large wild brown trout with experienced New Zealand fly fishing guide, Tony Entwistle.

Nelson / Marlborough and the upper West Coast are favourite destinations at the top of New Zealand’s amazing South Island, for anglers who love clear waters, wild places and large brown trout. Come fish these amazing rivers with top New Zealand fly fishing guide, Tony Entwistle, for some of the finest fly-fishing for trout in the world.

Fly fish local, back-country or helicopter wilderness waters  •  Trips arranged for one day or longer  •  A must-do for all fly-anglers serious about their sport

“Join me in the north of New Zealand’s South Island where you can fly-fish on local or back-country river trips. Most of our fishing is with dry flies or small weighted nymphs. Experience the adventure of a helicopter fly-out into remote wilderness streams for a day or camp-out overnight. Stalk sighted brown trout that average 3.5lb (1.6kg) in amazingly clear waters. The prospect of an occasional trophy trout weighing 8.5lb (4.0kg) is real on many rivers. 

From my base in Richmond (close to Nelson city), I strive to provide a high quality of service for all anglers who love to fly-fish. Guiding full time since 1980 gives me an in-depth knowledge of the wonderful fly fishing opportunities around the upper South Island. 

I prefer to work as an independent guide, which means my services are not available in conjunction with any fishing lodges. I really enjoy the flexibility of being independent and the freedom to follow my instincts … to leave early, come home late … and chase the fishing. This is in no way a criticism of any Lodge-based fishing experience … for many visiting anglers it is the ideal option. Local fishing lodges have their own teams of guides (many of them friends of mine),  who also do a fine job of looking after anglers who fish with them. 

 If you’re a group of anglers needing the services of more than one guide, I am happy to join ‘forces’ with another independent guide friend … but appreciate the opportunity to discuss this option first.

If you are looking for a fly-fishing guide in the northern regions of New Zealand’s South Island to help you stalk some of the finest wild brown trout in the world, I have the skills and experience to really improve your chances of success. My commitment is to work with you and help create a truly memorable angling experience and lift your angling skills to new levels.

Give me a call … I’d love to help you on your next visit to New Zealand … let’s fish together soon”.
–  Tightlines
                  Tony Entwistle

Proud to be a Life Member of the New Zealand Professional Fishing Guides Association

Tony’s Blog

Book some guide days with me and fish the beautiful rivers around the north of New Zealand’s South Island

2nd September, 2017 Prospects for the Upcoming 2017-18 Season After an excellent finish to the 2016-17 season (which saw good numbers of prime conditioned trout in many rivers), followed now by a benevolent winter with no huge floods here in the north of the South Island, the odds are on for a great start to the 2017-18 season. […]
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Our ‘eye’ is firmly fixed on the new trout fishing season starting October 1st.

15th August, 2016 Less than 50 sleeps to go … … and we’re back into ‘it’, with our new fishing season commencing October 1st. It has to be said … “things are looking good” for the new fishing season. We’ve had a mild winter in our area with good steady rainfalls to keep the river flows topped up. Thankfully there have been […]
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Sabbatical is over and it’s back into guiding for the upcoming 2016-17 season

26th May, 2016 Our sabbatical is over and it is time to get back into guiding mode again. Our year ‘off’ was a lot of fun but I’m excited now to be back in the business of taking bookings for the 2016-17 fishing season and hatching plans for getting out on our beautiful rivers to chase some wonderful trout […]
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Sabbatical … 2015-16

18th October, 2015 The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines ‘sabbatical’ as: sabbatical: a period of time during which someone does not work at his or her regular job and is able to rest, travel, do research, etc. ‘Word on the street’ of my retirement from guiding is premature, sparked no doubt by misinformation from a few mischief makers. They’d be better […]
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