Lloyd Smith Fly Fishing

Fly Fishing Southland NZ

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I’m a local and have been fly fishing the lower South Island for over 30 years, during that time I have gained expert local knowledge of the many Rivers, Lakes and Streams in this area.

Specialising in “Match the Hatch” sight fishing

If you are a complete novice or seasoned expert I will tailor your experience to your skill level to ensure you can create some life long memories. Contact me now so we can create those memories together.


Single day fishing trips

If you only have limited time a single days guiding is a fantastic way to introduce you to fishing in New Zealand. I’ll pickup from your accommodation in Gore or I could meet you closer to Queenstown or Te Anau if you are staying in those locations, then we will travel for 10 to 60 minutes to the chosen water of the day.

See where Gore is located.

Multi day trips

This is the best way to experience the best fishing the lower South Island has to offer, ranging from freestone rivers, lowland streams, spring creeks and Lakes. You can base yourself in Gore or we can hit the road and stay closer to the next days fishing.

  • Transfer options from Queenstown, Dunedin and Invercargill airports

Rates & Packages for 2022/23 season

All my guided fly fishing trips include 4WD pick up and drop off at your accommodation, Health and Safety plan, as well as lunch, refreshments, fly fishing equipment, rods and reels, flies, tippet etc.

  • $925 1-2 anglers full day
  • $600 1-2 anglers half day

Simms waders and boots can be hired for $50 per day per person, in sizes S to XL in waders and 4 to 13 for boots.

Payment can be made via Paypal or Bank Transfer or Cash.


Deposits are non refundable and cancellation within 10 days of your trip requires 100% payment in full.


We do have inclement weather and on the very rare occasion it is not possible to fish safely I reserve the right to cancel or postpone any days fishing if I consider either the conditions or anglers to be unsafe. I will make every endeavour to change dates if practical. I recommend travel insurance be taken out to cover incurred costs.

Enquire today to arrange your Southland fly fishing adventure.

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“Lloyd we are back in Sweden dreaming of warmer beautiful days in New Zealand, we had a really great day out with you and you have such a genuine and likeable personality. And calming. The time with you and your really great teaching skills paid off!!” — Linda and Henrik, Sweden