Fly Fish the South

Go fly fishing now with Michael Vetters, your experienced personal guide

Fly fish with Michael

I'm Michael Vetters, a fly fishing guide based in Gore, on the banks of the Mataura River and in one of the world's best trout fishing areas. I've recently set up a base in Te Anau to bring you, my valued clients, a wider range of unique water ways to fish. Fiordland has some of the most beautiful scenery in the world and fly fishing amongst the unspoiled native New Zealand bush can be an exhilarating and rewarding experience second to none!

I hope I will be able to help you enjoy fly fishing in this beautiful part of new Zealand.

With my experience and determination to find the best fishing New Zealand has to offer, I will guide you to the best spots both Fiordland and Southland have to offer!

I have extensive knowledge of most rivers in Southland and of the surrounding regions. Many rivers are close by, such as the Mararoa, Waikaia, Whitestone, Eglinton, Hollyford and the Waiau to name a few with my personal favourites being the Mataura, Oreti and Pomahaka rivers.

I will PERSONALLY guide you so that I can guarantee a top quality service.

Fish the Famous Mataura River

Matching the hatch on the famous Mataura river can be challenging to say the least, and for this you can't beat the knowledge of a true local guide. The selective feeding wild brown trout rise readily to the day time mayfly, midge and evening caddis hatches. However, the Mataura river, although sometimes frustrating, can offer a most enjoyable days fishing and I will show you how to leave with a smile on your face.


Stunning fishing down under

Sight fishing for wild rainbow and brown trout in the gin clear backcountry rivers can be an exhilarating experience during summer. Spring creeks offer even more of a challenge with accurate casting and very long leaders required for success.

If you are interested in exploring our local waters, then day trips and overnight trips can be arranged to most of the rivers in Fiordland and Southland. Please read on for further details or contact me now!   

Happy fishers!

More Information

I recommend that you book as far ahead as possible in order to secure your preferred dates. To confirm bookings a 33% non refundable deposit is required. This is to make a solid commitment and the balance payable on the the guiding day. Please contact me with your preferred dates and I will confirm your booking and arrange for any payment.

NZD$800 one person full day NZD$850 two people - 2 people max
Over-night camping trips are an extra NZD$150 per person per night, staying in tents or huts, depending on the situation.
Package trips can be arranged.

*Note: This does not include the cost of your fishing license.
Multi day discounts for more than 3 days - for any information please contact me today.
A standard day is pick at 7:30 am and drop off at 4 pm

Fly casting lessons are now available, some of the lesson will be off the water (were there are less distractions) and when I'm confident you are up to it we can then move to a river were you'll learn some stream craft and finer points of the art (Gore district only) $100 2 hrs min then $50 per hr for anything after that. (will travel if needed but will have to add travel on top)

I been fly tying for over 25 years and have learnt a few things so I'm now offering a fly tying clinic. Usually it's best if I come to you and work with you and your materials. Gore district mostly but will travel if needed $50 an hr plus travel if any,  

Due to New Zealand's sometimes harsh climate there may be a time when, for safety reasons, fly fishing is not possible. If such a day does occur then that day's deposit will be refunded.

If you cancel within 20 days of the date you have booked you are still required to pay the full balance unless you can find a replacement angler to fill your spot.

  • Ring Michael now on +64 27 226 5831
  • Email Michael on flyfishthesouth at

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