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Fly Fishing New Zealand Brown Trout with Tony Entwistle

Enjoy the Finest Fly-fishing in the World

Stalk Wild Brown Trout with top Kiwi Fly Fishing Guide
Tony Entwistle

Nelson, Marlborough and the upper West Coast are favourite destinations for anglers who love wild places, clear waters, sight fishing and large trout

Flyfish local, back-country or helicopter wilderness waters

 A must-do for every fly-angler serious about their sport

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

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. 

Join me and flyfish on local or back-country river trips. Most of our fishing is with dry flies or small weighted nymphs stalking sighted brown trout that average 3.5lb (1.6kg) in amazingly clear waters. Experience the adventure of a helicopter fly-out into remote wilderness streams for a day or camp-out overnight.  The prospect of an occasional trophy trout weighing 8.5lb (4.0kg) is real on many rivers. 

 For any 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.

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

NB: I choose 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 Nelson 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. 

Important News for Visiting Anglers


From 1 October 2019, some visitors and tourists must have an NZeTA (New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority) before they leave for New Zealand.

Tony’s Blog

Forty years of guided trout fishing … who’d have thought? … BRING IT ON!

5th September, 2019 REVIEW OF THE 2018 – 19 SEASON Simply stated … this was the Best Fishing Season in Years around the top of the South Island. It was also the busiest guiding season I’ve undertaken since before the disruption of the Global Financial Crisis in 2008. As with the previous three seasons there continued to be plenty of interest from visitors in guided […]
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Winter is highly overrated … roll on October 1st and the upcoming New Zealand trout fishing season.

12th September, 2018 Water, water everywhere …  In my 2017 newsletter I suggested that good river levels and a benevolent 2017 winter would probably mean a great start to the 2017-18 trout fishing season in our patch of New Zealand. So it proved to be. When asked how things were progressing up to the New Year, I replied unequivocally […]
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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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