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Steve's Fishing, Hunting & Adventure Tours

New Zealand Tourism Guide Gold MembershipFly Fishing Tours - Hunting Trips - Guided Adventure Tours - Homestay
Deep Sea Fishing - White Water Rafting - Surfcasting

Opihi River- Temuka - South Island - New Zealand - Ph. (03) 615-7239

Fishing - Fly Fishing Tours, Salmon Fishing, Surfcasting & Deep Sea Fishing Adventures

Steve guides for all fishermen, whether you favour freshwater angling on New Zealand's lakes, rivers and streams, or salt water with beach and deep sea fishing tours. No matter your preference, river, deep sea or beach, all the great fishing holes are within a few miles of Temuka and his home.

Dry fly or wet fly fishing is most common for both rivers and streams, especially when angling for the brown or rainbow trout in this area, but spin fishing can also be effective. The Opihi, Tengawi, Opuha, Upper Opihi, Waihi, Te Mona, Kakahu, Orari, and Ohape rivers all have a proud history of trout fishing and are within a short drive. Every year large trophy fish are caught as well as the many medium size fish (In 2003 the world's largest rainbow trout was caught in the Tekapo Canals, an hour and a half's drive inland), so your fishing trip is sure to be fun and successful. Make sure you check out our information pages to find out more about fly fishing in our local rivers.

Salmon are also found in the rivers between Christchurch and Dunedin, and the main ones, the Waitaki and Rangitata rivers are very handy to Steve's accommodation. Trout and salmon fishing is seasonal, thus ensuring a viable on going fishery for all to enjoy. Access to rivers is by public tracks, and with permission across private land. The salmon season runs from October to April, reaching its peak from January to March, so make sure to book your fishing trip early.

Surfcasting is great fun for those of you don't wish to travel too far from the homestay, but still have an exciting time satisfying your angling needs. Good size shark are regularly caught in sight of Steve's home.

Sea Fishing

Recent deep sea catches by happy clients
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Steve's main guided fishing tour involves a day that starts by fly fishing for trout on a local river, before moving nearer to the mouth and using a lure to try and hook a salmon, and ends up by surfcasting on the beach for shark. This only costs $350.00 per person for the whole day, and can be easily adapted to suit your particular preferences. Steve prefers to limit group numbers to three or less, as this enables him to give you that personalized service that you want.

If deep sea fishing is your leisure pastime, then Steve can arrange a charter for you to fish for some of the local variety, like blue cod. It is essential to give Steve plenty of notice if you would like him to arrange a deep sea charter, so contact him early.

Seasonal activities like whitebaiting can be arranged, but make sure you check the calendar. Further angling tips and resources can be found in the information sections, or contact Steve directly with your fishing questions.

Fishing the Tekapo Canals

Trophy fish

Surfcasting from the beach

Trophy salmon landed on Stev's fishing tours