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Manawatu Fly Fishing

Andrew Watt will take you to the best fishing locations in the lower North Island, an area rich in a variety of fly fishing waters. You'll experience peace and quiet amid attractive scenery and it's unlikely you'll encounter other anglers during a days fishing. There is excellent winter fishing in the area as well (see video below)

Andrew shares with you his extensive experience and local knowledge, to make your New Zealand fly fishing trip a memorable and exciting experience.

Name Manawatu Fly Fishing
Contact Andrew Watt

Manawatu Fly Fishing

1591b Pohangina Road

Contact details

Phone: +64-6-326-9104
Mobile: 021 0263 5210

Email: wattfish@ihug.co.nz

Web: www.northislandnzflyfishing.co.nz

Fishing waters

Among the renowned fly fishing rivers Andrew fishes are the:

Fishing options

Fishing options include:

  • Traditional on foot guiding where you experience the thrill of stalking and sight fishing in crystal clear water
  • Instructional guiding for the inexperienced angler looking to improve their catch rate
  • Drift raft fishing - a leisurely way of fishing, for those that prefer not to walk too far
  • Wilderness fishing, walking in to remote fishing in mountainous areas with surrounds of native bush and rugged ranges
What's included
  • Expert guiding based on extensive local knowledge
  • Individual tuition as required
  • Quality equipment and flies (except for clothing and Polaroid glasses)
  • Fishing licence (additional cost)
  • Lunch and refreshments on full day trips
  • Comfortable transport to and from your accommodation in or around Palmerston North
  • Accommodation can be arranged for you
Watch video  

Andrew Watt also teaches fly fishing at the Queen Elizabeth College night school. The course runs for six evenings and includes two field trips. Bookings are essential.

The subjects covered are:
- Equipment needed to get started
- Knots
- Casting theory
- Casting practical
- Selecting flies
- The trout

About your guide

You guide, Andrew Watt:

  • Has over twenty five years experience fishing the streams and rivers of the Wellington and Hawkes Bay regions where he has lived all his life.
  • Offers unique insight and understanding of the fly fishing opportunities in the Lower North Island of New Zealand.
  • Has extensive knowledge about trout habits and moods, methods and techniques for catching them, and of the great fly fishing that the lower North Island of New Zealand has to offer.
  • Has intimate specialist local knowledge of the local waters, both on the well known rivers and also on the many lesser known fisheries hidden away in the area.
  • Is able to offer you an experience that caters to your specific requirements
  • Can also show you a glimpse of wonderful kiwi lifestyle in this rural area

"I have now spent 3 trips under Andrews guidance I have found him to be very professional and extremely knowledgeable. Andrews ability to find a clear stream on even the saddest of days is a testament to his knowledge of the local area along with this I have found him to be so very friendly and helpful that you can't help but have a great days fishing".  Glen Knight, Victoria, Australia

"I have been at this fly fishing caper since 1974 and in March 2015 enjoyed the best week's fly fishing of my life, thanks in no small part to Andrew Watt. Andrew's local knowledge put us onto some solid fish and his expertise and patience as a guide resulted in me grassing three five pound rainbows, back to back, in little more than an hour. Sensational fishing and a first class guide". Mike Archer, NSW, Australia

"If you are going to the North Island and want to do some amazing fishing I thoroughly recommend this area just two hours from Wellington.  Andrew Watt is an amazing guide and I would love to fish with him again".  Dawn Pearce, Western Australia

"Coming from the US, I had great expectations for the day, given all that I had heard about fishing in NZ. Also, being 68 and not overly fit, I had asked Andrew to plan accordingly. He put us on perfect water, and the day was even better than expected. The rainbows and browns were sturdy and aggressive, and some certainly qualified by my standards as trophy fish. Andrew is Kiwi through and through, an accomplished guide, and now a good friend. When I next visit the North Island, Andrew will the first I call to plan more fishing adventures in this wonderful country." Gene Bratt, USA.

"Andrew has guided me a number of times in the last few years. I have found Andrew to be very knowledgeable, professional, and helpful. Every time I have fished with Andrew I have had a great time as well as learnt something new. His ability to spot trout never ceases to amaze me."  Adam Herrick, New Zealand

"Thanks Andrew for the great fishing this past five years. I never had a fishless day when out with you, always taking me to a new location and finding the right spot to suit my skill level. Your knowledge of the rivers in North Island is very apparent as we always ended up fishing the stretch of river best sheltered despite any wind. Apart from the quality fishing I could not have asked for better company, always encouraging even when I would make a mess of an opportunity you created. The service you supply in collection, tackle supply and lunch is testament to your commitment to customer satisfaction. I look forward to my next visit and hope we encounter more of those big back country fish". William Quaile, Ireland.

Indicative costs
as at 1 June 2015

Full day traditional and instructional guiding

Includes all equipment and flies, transportation, and lunch.

NZ $530

'Half day (4 hrs fishing time) traditional and instructional guiding. (Note that this means 4 hours actual fishing and does not include travel time)

Includes all equipment, transportation.

NZ $350

Raft fishing and helicopter fly outs

Prices on request


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