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Fly Fishing New Zealand Brown Trout with Tony Entwistle


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


“I have the skills and experience to really improve your chances of successfully stalking and catching some of the finest wild brown trout in the world. My commitment is to work with you and lift your angling skills to new levels.

From my base in Richmond, I provide a high quality of service for any angler who loves to fly-fish. Guiding since 1980 gives me an in-depth knowledge of the wonderful fly fishing available in the upper South Island. 

We fish mostly with dry flies or small weighted nymphs, stalking amazingly clear waters for brown trout that average 3.5lb (1.6kg).
Fish local rivers or experience the adventure of a helicopter fly-out into remote wilderness streams for a day or an over-night camp-out. 
The prospect of occasional trophy trout weighing 8.5lb (4.0kg) is real on many rivers. 

 For anglers requiring the services of more than one guide, I can join ‘forces’ with other independent guide friends … but appreciate the opportunity to discuss this option first.

Give me a call … I’d love to get out on the river with 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. This means my services are not available via any fishing lodges. I 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 not a criticism of any lodge-based fishing experience and for many anglers it is the ideal option. Local Nelson lodges have their own guide teams (many of them friends of mine).



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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