Guided Fishing Options with Tony

Fly fish local or wilderness waters  •   Trips arranged for one day or  longer

Sight fish for large wild brown trout 

Local River Fly Fishing

Web_1My home-base is in the township of Richmond, close to Nelson City from which I concentrate on providing day fishing trips ex-Nelson to local rivers.

There are several rivers within easy driving distance that provide good day-fishing suitable for most levels of fitness, including the Motueka, Wangapeka, Buller, Wairau and Owen Rivers … plus a few others.

Anglers can expect to catch trout averaging between 1.0 kg to 2.5 kg most days, with larger fish to over 4.5 kgs (10 lbs) encountered from time-to-time. The Nelson region is blessed with some great wineries and excellent restaurants and anglers can choose from a full range of accommodation options, from basic to luxurious, to meet any budget. 

Travelling times to the fishing water, range from 45 mins to 1.5 hours. Typically a fishing day involves starting between 7.00 – 8.30 am, depending upon seasonal conditions. We can fish until late to suit anglers’ preferences and commitments.

I am very happy to meet and fish with anglers on day trips, who wish to stay in  St. Arnaud and  Murchison … at a previously mutually agreed location.

NB: I am no longer offering extended multi-day road trips away from my base in Richmond,
Back Country Fly Fishing


Day Heli-Flyout Trips
Flying by helicopter to access our remotest rivers is an exciting fishing option and a blue-ribbon New Zealand angling adventure. Helicopter access puts the angler into some absolutely spectacular scenery and beautiful fish. We fly only with top quality helicopter operators who have many thousands of hours flying in our rugged mountainous terrain, in machines that are fully maintained. The day involves an early pick-up and a short drive (15-30 mins) to the helicopter base and the  fishing generally concludes at around 5.00 – 6.00pm.

Please note: helicopter fees are additional to the daily guiding fee.

Overnight Heli-Camp-Out Fishing
This is an opportunity for anglers who have the energy and a love of wild places, to camp-out and maximise the value of a helicopter charter. Anglers spend one night camping out in the field in either a tent camp or a back-country hut, fishing for two days on new water each day.

***  NB: I no longer offer hiking and camping trips of longer than one night away, but am happy to recommend other guides to you for this type of experience.

As with remote country hiking/fishing experiences anywhere, anglers should be aware that the weather in the New Zealand mountains is unpredictable and changeable. After heavy rain NZ rivers often rise quickly, sometimes sufficiently to halt safe progress. On occasions when it is not safe to proceed, anglers must be prepared to spend additional time ‘in the hills’. Usually our rivers fall almost as quickly as they rise.
*** NB. I advise anglers planning any back-country camp-out trip to allow at least a two-day window beyond the proposed end of the trip, before scheduling international departures.

Safety Equipment

On all of our trips, both local river and back-country, I carry a personal locator beacon, a satellite phone and emergency equipment. For camp-outs I can provide backpacks, sleeping bags and camp equipment as required.