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New Zealand Fly Fishing Competitions and Events

See also Childrens' fishing days and Fly fishing tuition.

  Event   Date   Location On the web
  March 2017      
Waikato Boat Expo 4 - 5 March 2017

The Base

Te Rapa, Hamilton

See Waikato Boat Expo for more details or email info@waikatoboatexpo.com.

Waimakariri Salmon Fishing Competition

4 March 2017

Waimakariri River below Railway Bridge excluding Kaiapoi (see competition rules)

Registration closes at 9am.

Competition runs from first light till 3:30pm.

Weigh station at the river mouth closes 4pm.

For more information and entry form

Contact the NZ Salmon Anglers for details or Tony Humphries on 03 383 9141

South Westland salmon competition 5 March 2017 Lake Mapourika South Westland Lions
The Rangers Salmon Fishing Competition 5 March 2017 Waimakariri River Contact the North Canterbury Fish & Game office for details on 03 3135728

Taupo Fishing Club’s Annual Open Trout Tournament

24 - 26 March 2017 Lake Taupo

Anglers must hold a current Taupo Fishing licence and show the licence at registration. Registration is from 5:30pm – 6:30pm on Friday 18 March at the clubrooms.

email : tournament@taupofishingclub.co.nz

Lake Tekapo Fishing Competition 16 -17 March 2017 Lake Tekapo

7am to 3pm

See Lake Tekapo fishing competition

SFFNZ National Fly Fishing Lake Champs


March 2017 Lake Aniwhenua See the SSFNZ website or contact Johannes Krill by email or phone 021 998 532
Ahaura Hunting & Fishing Competition

Note: event cancelled for 2017

Ahaura, West Coast

See the Facebook page

Download an application form

Email: Anton Becker

Phone: 03 732 3576 or 027 2498 341

Lake Arapuni Fishing Competition

March 18-19 2017

Lake Arapuni

(Bulmers Landing)

Organised by the Te Awamutu Fish & Game Club.

Entry fees: Adults $20, Juniors (under 12) free.

Starts 6am Sat
Close/weigh in 2pm Sunday
Prize giving 2.30pm

Contact George Brocklehurst on 07-871 3659 or visit the club’s web page

 April 2017      

SFFNZ National Fly Fishing River Champs



Tukituki and Manawatu Rivers (Mangatainoka River is spare venue)

See the SSFNZ website

Wanaka Autumn Fly Tying Class 24 - 25 April 2017

Lake Wanaka


A two day class in all aspects of fly tying run by experienced angler Mike Wedell.

See www.autumnartschool.net.nz

Wanaka Autumn Fly Fishing School

26 - 28 April 2017

Lake Wanaka

A three day class in all aspects of fly fishing run by experienced angler Mike Wedell.

See http://www.autumnartschool.net.nz/#flyfishing



Casting for Recovery 28 - 30 April 2017

Owen River Lodge,

Owen River

This retreat is free to any woman who have been affected by breast cancer.

Download a registration form

See webpage

Email Sally Robertson or

Phone 03 528 6289

  May 2017      
Lake Pupuke Challenge Fishing Competition 7 May 2017

Lake Pupuke, Sylvan Park, Henderson Park and Killarney Park, Milford, Auckland.

The Challenge is 0rganised by Trout Unlimited in conjunction with the North Shore Fly Fishers Club. Tickets (free) from Hunts Sports in Milford. No entry fee but lots of prizes.

Weigh-in at the Sylvan Park Reserve.

Starts 7.00am and finishes 3.30pm.


Dennis Smith on 09 376 3375

Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show 18 - 21 May 2017 ASB Showgrounds, Greenlane, Auckland The Boat Show website

Whakatane Sportsfishing Club Annual Trout Tournament

13 - 15 May 2017


Lake Rotoiti

Open to Whakatane Sportsfishing Club members and guests only.

View more information


June  2017      
Kai Iwi Lakes Trout Fishing Competition 24 - 25 Jue 2017 Kai Iwi Lakes

For more information, contact Fay Stodart, Office Administrator
Northland Fish & Game Council
+ 64 09 438 4135

Brass Monkey Fishing Expedition


Lake Benmore

South Canterbury Angler's Club
Email: scacfishing@hotmail.com

  July 2017      
August  2017      
SFFNZ Rotorua Sports Fly Fishing regional champs Aug 2017 TBA

See the SSFNZ website or email Mark Clasper

Frosty Jack Shield

Aug 2017

Lakes Benmore, Waitaki and Aviemore
Organised by South Canterbury Angler's Club

Rise Film Festival Australia

Aug - Sept 2017

Throughout Australia
View details of the Rise Film Festival in Australia
Coleridge Brass Monkey Competition Aug 2017 Lake Coleridge

Usually held on a Saturday in August each year. Hosted by the Ferrymead Fishing Club.

18th Commonwealth Flyfishing Championships Aug - Sept 2017 TBC

Organiser: Neil Hirtzel

email: flyfish@hotmail.com

Rise Film Festival New Zealand

Aug - Sept 2017

Throughout New Zealand
View details of the Rise Film Festival
September 2017    
Rise Film Festival New Zealand

Sept 2017

Throughout New Zealand
View details of the Rise Film Festival
Immigrants fishing class Sept 2017 Southern Reservoir, Dunedin For new immigrants to Dunedin, Otago Fish and Game are running introductory fishing classes.

Run by Otago Fish & Game

Contact: s.dixon@fish-game.org.nz

Novice adult fishing classes Sept Dunedin, New Zealand

These fishing classes will be for a maximum of 12 adults per class (2 classes only) and to teach the basics followed by a fishing trip to the Southern Resevoir.

Run by Otago Fish & Game

Contact: s.dixon@fish-game.org.nz

World Fly Fishing Champs Sept 2017   View event website
Talk on didymo to Auckland Flyfishing Club Sept 2017 Panmure Yacht Club Doug Stevens will talk on the recent research on didymo and what it may mean for anglers.
Talk on didymo to Northshore Auckland Flyfishing Club Sept 2017

Milford Cruising Club

26 Craig Rd, Milford

North Shore

Doug Stevens will talk on the recent research on didymo and what it may mean for anglers.
Rod and Reel Fly Fishing Showcase Sept 2017

Rod and Reel

480D Broadway

Newmarket Auckland

A wide range of companies will be represented who will be showcasing their products / ranges, show off anything new, as well as answer questions, demonstarting how things work etc.


See information about the Showcase

Waikato Sports Flyfishing Champs Sept 2017 Lake Maraetai

Organizer: Mark Clasper
Phone Num: 0210606220

See SSFNZ page

Talk on didymo to Hamilton Flyfishing Club

Sept 2017


Boating Clubrooms, Grantham Street, Hamilton Doug Stevens will talk on the recent research on didymo and what it may mean for anglers.
The Sika Show

Sept 2017

Taupo Events Centre

Cost: $15 for one day or $20 for two days. Free for under 16 year olds if accompanied by an adult.

Contact: Mark Bridgman 07-3784593 or mark@nzsika.co.nz

Rotorua Anglers club talk on didymo Sept 2017 Pererika Street Rotorua Doug Stevens will talk on the recent research on didymo and what it may mean for anglers.
  October 2017      
Okataina Trout Fishing Competition

Oct 2017

Lake Okataina

Run by Lakes Lodge on Lake Okataina. View more information (pdf entry form and info).

Lower Waikato Fishing Contest

Oct 2017

Lower Waikato River Trout Contest

Fish for brown and rainbow trout and great prizes

Email Michael Lynch or contact Sweetmans Reel Fishin', 12 Main St in Huntly on 07 8287 462 or 0800 808 081 with enquiries.

SFFNZ National Pairs fly fishing competition

Oct 2017

Lake Rotoaira

See the SSFNZ website or email Pual Bakerfor details.

Talk on didymo to Christchurch Flyfishing Club Oct 2017 Nomads Soccer Grounds, Claridges Rd, Casebrookoad, Christchurch Doug Stevens will talk on the recent research on didymo and what it may mean for anglers.

Introduction to Fly Fishing

Oct 2017

Wellington High, Wellington

An Wellington High School Community Education course

5 sessions plus two field trips

Cost: $155

Register here

Te Anau Manapouri Fishing Classic Oct 2017 Lakes Te Anau and Manapouri and the Upper Waiau River

Sponsored by Stabicraft Yamaha.

Includes a kid's fishing event.

Get details and register

  November 2017    
Lake Coleridge Fishing Competition

Nov 20167

Ryton Bay

Lake Coleridge

Organised by North Canterbury Fish and Game.

Free entry

Talk to Nelson Flyfishing Club on Didymo Nov 2017

Fish and Game Office,



A talk by Doug Stevens from nzfishing.com on the latest research findings on didymo and the way forward.
Intro to Fly Tying

Nov 2017

Rod and Reel

480D Broadway




To register call 09 520 0307 or email the staff at sales@rodandreel.co.nz
  December 2017    
Montrose Fin Clipping Dec 2017 Montrose hatchery

Volunteers are needed for the Annual Chinook Salmon Smolt fin clipping program which will commence at at 8.30am 3 Dec.

Contact Dirk Barr
North Canterbury Fish & Game Hatcheries Manager
Phone, 021 221 8378

SFFNZ Taupo Regional Sports Fly Fishing Champs Dec 2017 Lake Kuratau

See the SSFNZ website or contact Kyle Melnyk/Aaron Turk, email kylefish@icloud.com or phone 021 573 269

 January 2018    
Southland Fly Fishing Club Fly Fishing Course



Fish and Game, 17 Eye Street, Invercargill


Mataura River

Tutor: Mike Weddel from Mosgiel

Cost: is $110

For more information see www.southlandflyfishingclub.org.nz

  February 2018    
SFFNZ Hawke's Bay Regional Fly Fishing Champs Feb 2018 Tukituki River

See the SSFNZ website or contact Llloyd Struthers, email strutherslcvm@xtra.co.nz or phone 027 290 0184

SSFNZ Wellington Sport Regional Fly Fishing Champs Feb 2018 TBC See the SSFNZ website or email or phone Paul Baker on 027 232 0150
Reel Recovery Feb 2018 Puniu River, Te Awamutu Reel Recovery is a retreat for men experiencing cancer. It is completely free for participants.

Otago Harbour Salmon Fishing Competition

Feb 2018

Otago Harbour, Dunedin

Weigh in Sat from 4pm, Sun from 3pm at the Wharf Hotel.


New Zealand Salmon Anglers Association (NZSAA)

Contact: Peter Coory

Phone: 03-4883272
Mobile: 027 2638616

Adults: $30;
Members: $20;
Juniors under 16: $5

Tickets available from sporting shops in Dunedin & Mosgiel

Intro to Fly Fishing Feb 2018

Wellington High School,

249 Taranaki St,


An introduction to fly fishing for trout over 5 sessions.

$160. Ph 04 385 8919 to register.

Lake Hawea Family Fishing Classic Feb 2018

Lake Hawea

Supported by Otago Fish & Game.

Email: Geoff Hewson

Rakaia Salmon Fishing Competition

Rakaia Comp

Feb 2018

Rakaia River

See Rakaia Salmon Fishing Competition for details.


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