New Zealand Trout Adventures

NZ Trout Adventures

Join your Nelson fly fishing guide Anton Donaldson for an unforgettable journey. The top of the South Island offers some of the worlds greatest sight fishing opportunities. Anton has been fishing in this area for his entire life and has accumulated nearly 30 years of experiences on the rivers of the region. Capturing large brown and rainbow trout by stalking along the river bank is exhilarating – an experience not to be missed! Come and test your skills against New Zealand’s trout. This is a fishery where missing a cast by an inch can sometimes really be a mile!

The Nelson area abounds in spectacular beauty and is home to a good population of hard fighting brown trout. The rivers are so clear that these fish are almost all sighted before the cast is made. So, you can see the action happening right in front of you. Most of the rivers that I guide on hold trout with an average size of above 4lb. Some extra special places have an average size of over 6lb! On a good number of days, trout of trophy size (10lb+) are encountered.

An unforgettable trout fishing experience in some of the world’s greatest scenery.

I grew up fishing the back-country rivers of the West Coast, Nelson and Golden Bay and have gained intimate knowledge of these areas as well as their fish in my 25 plus years of fly fishing.

I also offer some of the finest saltwater fly fishing in New Zealand. In the South Island saltwater fly fishing has been virtually untapped until recently. I am offering flats style sight fishing on the fly for huge Yellowtail Kingfish and Kahawai. The best way to experience the ultimate sighted fly fishing in New Zealand is to book for 4 – 6 days and fish a mixture of brown trout and flats Kingfish. We can use our intimate knowledge of tides, winds and weather conditions to decide the make-up of your fishing experience. Allowing this amount of time should ensure you will be able to have shots at both species.

I’m a member of the New Zealand Professional Fishing Guides Association and have all the relevant concessions to fish on Department of Conservation land. I have a current first aid certificate and carry all the necessary safety equipment for trips into the back country.

Click here to book now and fish with one of Nelson’s premiere fly fishing guides.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Tight lines – Anton Donaldson

Targeting Kahawai on the flats

This summer I have placed a large emphasis on targeting Kahawai on the flats of Golden Bay with my clients to supplement our Kingfish catch. Kahawai as we all know are a great adversary on fly. They fight hard, jump and pull string. Its very...

Kingfish show up early

The season has started early here in the South. With the water sitting 4 degrees higher than normal for this time of year we are seeing good numbers of Kingfish heading inshore. The amazing run of settled weather with light winds have meant...

Mako and his Kingfish

Here is Mako with his first Kingfish. He caught this at the flats near Collingwood when he was just 6 years old! He told me he was winding it in he thought it was a shark. It wont be long until the kingfish are back on the flats of Golden Bay...

Whats your why?

“Poets talk about “spots of time,” but it is really fishermen who experience eternity compressed into a moment. No one can tell what a spot of time is until suddenly the whole world is a fish and the fish is gone.” A...

Finding Gold in Golden Bay

With summer on the way, many fishermen and women are comtemplating making the journey over the “Takaka Hill” to chase Kingfish around the flats West of Collingwood with fly rods. Last summer saw hundreds of fishers come to Golden...

What to do in a first aid situation for...

I refreshed my first aid training recently. While on the course the topic of stingray wounds came up. This got me interested in researching how and what to do if somebody is stung. With the increase in activity around our shallow water areas in...