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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 2015      
South Westland salmon competition

6-8 March 2015

Lake Mapourika South Westland Lions
River crossing/ Wader Safety Trainging 8 March 2015 Blenheim, Marlborough Register your interest for this 2 - 3 hour workshop at
The Rangers Salmon Fishing Competition Monday 9th March 2015 Waimakariri River Contact the North Canterbury Fish & Game office for details on 03 3135728
Lake Tekapo Fishing Competition 13 March 2015 Lake Tekapo

7am to 3pm

See Lake Tekapo fishing competition

Introduction to Fly Fishing

Starts 19 March


Wellington High, Wellington

An Wellington High School Community Education course

5 sessions plus two field trips

Cost: $155

Register here

Waimakariri Salmon Fishing Competition

21 March 2015

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

SFFNZ National Fly Fishing Lake Champs


21-22 March 2015 To be advised See the SSFNZ website.
Lake Arapuni Fishing Competition

March 2015

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

Lake Arapuni

(Bulmers Landing)

Organised by the Te Awamutu Fish & Game Club.

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

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

Teviot Angling Competition


Teviot River, Otago

Registration is at the bridge huts from 8.30am inwards.

Open to members of the Teviot Angling Club.

 April 2015      

Casting for Recovery Retreat


24-26 April 2015 Owen River Lodge in the Nelson region

Find out more or email email Sherrie Feickert

SFFNZ National Fly Fishing River Champs


4-5 April 2015

To be advised

See the SSFNZ website

Wanaka Autumn Fly Tying Class April 2015

Lake Wanaka

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

Classes by Mike Weddell.


Wanaka Autumn Fly Fishing School

April 2015

Lake Wanaka

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

Classes by Mike Weddell.




Ngongotaha Trout Festival

Easter 2015



A concert and a trout-fishing competition will see Ngongotaha transformed into one big street party during Easter Weekend as part of the first Ngongotaha Trout Festival.
Ahaura Hunting & Fishing Competition Easter 2015 5.00pm 28 (Thursday) to - Sunday 2015 Ahaura, West Coast

Contact Anton Becker for entry forms

Ph: 03 7323576 or 0272 498 341

NZ Federation of Freshwater Anglers AGM

April 2015


Manawatu and Tukituki Rivers



  May 2014      
Lake Pupuke Challenge Fishing Competition

May 2015

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

Weigh-in at the Sylvan Park Reserve.

Starts 7.00am and finishes 5.30pm

Organised 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!

Contact. Phil Gates
Phone: 09 480 2334


Dennis Smith

Phone: 09 376 3370

Annual Trout Tournament

May 2015


Lake Rotoiti

For more information


Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show May 2015 ASB Showgrounds, Greenlane, Auckland The Boat Show website

Fiordland Big Three Tournament

May 2015 Te Anau

For more information, contact the tournament manager on 027 229 9846

MMSFC Kilwell Trout Fishing Tournament May 2015 Lake Rotoiti Mount Maunganui Sports Fishing Club website

Rakaia Salmon Fishing Competition

Rakaia Comp

May 2015

Rakaia River

See Rakaia Salmon Fishing Competition for details.

June  2015      
Windsor Cup

June 2015
(last Saturday in June)

Waitahanui River

A good-spirited event is celebrating its 51st year. Participants must be guests at Windsor Lodge at the time.

Registration/check-in is on Friday June anytime before 10pm.

New Plymouth Brass Monkey Fishing Expedition June 2015   New Plymouth S & UC
Mike Green
Phone: 027 498 7820
Brass Monkey Fishing Expedition

June 2015

Lake Benmore
South Canterbury Angler's Club bus trip

  July 2015      
Kai Iwi Lakes Trout Fishing Competition July 2015 Kai Iwi Lakes

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

August  2015      
NZ Fire Service fishing competition Aug 2015 Lake Taupo and local rivers Contact the Taupo Fire Service or DOC for details.
Coleridge Brass Monkey Competition Aug 2015 Lake Coleridge Usually held on a Saturday in August each year. Hosted by the Ferrymead Fishing Club.
Frosty Jack Shield

Aug 2015

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

Kawerau Big 3 Competition Aug 2015 Kawerau

The weekend starts at 5pm on Friday at the Kawerau Sports & Cultural Club at Firmin Field, Waterhouse Street, Kawerau. Get details at the Kawerau District Council website.

September 2015    
The America Cup International Fly Fishing Tournament


Vail, Colorado, USA
The America Cup is organized and operated to promote US and international competition in the sport of fly-fishing and to provide program and monetary support to Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing. Click here for more Information
SFFNZ Waikato Sports Fly Fishing regional champs TBA Lake Maraetai

See the SSFNZ website or email Mark Clasper

Rise Film Festival

During Sept 2015

Throughout New Zealand
View details of the Rise Film Festival
The Sika Show


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

Lake Rotoma Tiger Hunt TBA Lake Rotoma

Held annually. Limited to 50 anglers. Briefing on Friday 26th Sept.

Email Rotama Trading or telephone 07 362 0722 for further information and entry forms

SFFNZ North Shore Sports Fly Fishing regional champs TBA Ohinemuri River See the SSFNZ website or email Yoshi for details
World Rivers Day TBA   A day to get into the outdoors and explore the country’s waterways
  October 2015      
Fiordland Outdoors Company file screening Oct,
Fiordland Cinema Fiordland Outdoors Company celebrate the start of the fishing season with films including Ata Whenua
Okataina Trout Fishing Competition

Oct 2015

Lake Okataina

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

Lake Puketirini Fishing Contest

Oct 2015

Lake Puketirini
(Weavers Lake) Rotowaro Rd, Huntly

Fish for brown trout, perch, carp, rudd, koi, goldfish, catfish (and possibly tench). A great family day out. Entry free for under 12s, $5 a day for others.

Event poster

Entry form

Lake Puketirini info for competitors

Lake Puketirini general info

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

SFFNZ Auckland regional fly fishing competition

Oct 2015

Whanganui River

See the SSFNZ website or email for details.

Te Anau Manapouri Fishing Classic Oct 2015 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 2015    
Lake Coleridge Fishing Competition

First Saturday in November

Lake Coleridge
Organised by North Canterbury Fish and Game

Introduction to Fly Fishing

Starts 19 Nov


Wellington High, Wellington

An Wellington High School Community Education course

5 sessions plus two field trips

Cost: $155

Register here

Oceania Fly Fishing Championships

Nov 2015

Ballarat, Victoria, Australia

See Fly Fish Australia and the SSFNZ website
SFFNZ Rod and Reel Pairs Competition Nov 2015 Lake Rotoaira

See the SSFNZ website or email or call Tony Houpt on 027 5435 293

SFFNZ Wairarapa Sports Fly Fishing regional champs Nov 2015 Kourarau Dam

See the SSFNZ website

  December 2015    
SFFNZ Taupo Regional Sports Fly Fishing Champs Dec 2015 Lake Kuratau

See the SSFNZ website or contact Kyle Melnyk/Aaron Turk, email or phone 021 573 269

Ngahinapouri School and Community fishing competition Dec 2015 Any legal fishing area - both salt and freshwater. Sponsored by Sand Supplies, Ngahinapouri
Montrose Salmon Release, Open Day and BBQ


Montrose Salmon Hatchery on the Rakaia River

Canterbury Fish & Game



 January 2015    
Boat Fishing Tuition Seminar Jan 2016 Stony Point, Lake Tarawera

A free fishing seminar to be run covering tha basics of boat fishing. For more details contact

Tel 021 244 1774

SSFNZ Hamilton and Tauranga Regional Fly Fishing Champs Jan 2016 Waihou River

See the SSFNZ website or email or phone Sam Bourne/Garth Plank on 027 2424 396

SSFNZ Manawatu Sport Regional Fly Fishing Champs January 2016 Manawatu River

See the SSFNZ website or email or phone Craig Anderson on  027 751 4631

  February 2016    
SFFNZ Hawke's Bay Regional Fly Fishing Champs Feb 2016 Tukituki River

See the SSFNZ website or contact Llloyd Struthers, email or phone 027 290 0184

SFFNZ Rotorua Regional Fly Fishing Champs February 2016 Lake Aniwhenua

See the SSFNZ website or contact John Bell for more details  ph 021 737 475


Otago Harbour Salmon Fishing Competition

Mar 2016

Otago Harbour, Dunedin

Weighing and judging is at 4pm each day 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

Entry forms available at the Taieri Arms and Fishing

Rakaia Salmon Fishing Competition March 2016 Rakaia River

Contact the North Canterbury Fish & Game office for details on 03 3135728

Reel Recovery Feb - March 2016 Puniu River, Te Awamutu Reel Recovery is a retreat for men experincing cancer.
Lake Hawea Family Fishing Classic Feb 2016

Lake Hawea

Supported by Otago Fish & Game.

Email: Geoff Hewson


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