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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
 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 msherburn@fishandgame.org.nz

Tel 021 244 1774

SSFNZ Hamilton Regional Fly Fishing Champs 9 Jan 2016 Punui River

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

SSFNZ Tauranga Regional Fly Fishing Champs 10 Jan 2016 Waimakariri and Waihou rivers

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

SSFNZ Manawatu Sport Regional Fly Fishing Champs 23 - 24 January 2016 Manawatu River

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

SSFNZ WEellington Sport Regional Fly Fishing Champs 31 Jan 2016 Ruamahanga River See the SSFNZ website or email or phone Paul Baker on 027 232 0150
  February 2016    
SFFNZ Rotorua Regional Fly Fishing Champs 5 - 6 February 2016 Lake Aniwhenua

See the SSFNZ website or contact John Bell for more details jmanbell@hotmail.com  ph 021 737 475


SFFNZ Hawke's Bay Regional Fly Fishing Champs 6 - 7 Feb 2016 Tukituki River

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

Otago Harbour Salmon Fishing Competition

27 - 28 Feb 2016

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

Reel Recovery 12-14 Feb 2016 Puniu River, Te Awamutu Reel Recovery is a retreat for men experincing cancer.
Waikato Boat Expo 27 - 28 Feb 2016

The Base

Te Rapa, Hamilton

See Waikato Boat Expo for more details or email info@waikatoboatexpo.com.
Lake Hawea Family Fishing Classic Feb 2016

Lake Hawea

Supported by Otago Fish & Game.

Email: Geoff Hewson

Rakaia Salmon Fishing Competition

Rakaia Comp

26 - 28 Feb 2016

Rakaia River

See Rakaia Salmon Fishing Competition for details.

  March 2016      
South Westland salmon competition TBA Lake Mapourika South Westland Lions
River crossing/ Wader Safety Trainging TBA Blenheim, Marlborough Register your interest for this 2 - 3 hour workshop at Nelsonmarlborough@fishandgame.org.nz
The Rangers Salmon Fishing Competition TBA Waimakariri River Contact the North Canterbury Fish & Game office for details on 03 3135728
Lake Tekapo Fishing Competition TBA Lake Tekapo

7am to 3pm

See Lake Tekapo fishing competition

Introduction to Fly Fishing


Wellington High, Wellington

An Wellington High School Community Education course

5 sessions plus two field trips

Cost: $155

Register here

Waimakariri Salmon Fishing Competition


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

Complete Angler Salmon competition TBA Canterbury region

Run by The Complete Angler for the heaviest salmon caught and weighed at the Christchurch shop during the competition period.

SFFNZ National Fly Fishing Lake Champs


18 - 20 March 2016 Lake Aniwhenua See the SSFNZ website or contact Johannes Krill by email or phone 021 998 532
Lake Arapuni Fishing Competition


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 2016      

SFFNZ National Fly Fishing River Champs


1 - 3 April

Tukituki and Manawatu Rivers (Mangatainoka River is spare venue)

See the SSFNZ website

Wanaka Autumn Fly Tying Class TBA

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


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



Ahaura Hunting & Fishing Competition

Easter weekend


Ahaura, West Coast

Registrations close 5pm Monday 30TH MARCH

Runs from 5pm Thursday 2nd April - 3:30pm Sunday 5th April

See the Facebook page

Download an application form

Email: Anton Becker

Phone: 03 732 3576 or 027 2498 341

Casting for Recovery 22 - 24 April 2016

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

Teviot Angling Competition


Teviot River, Otago

Registration is at the bridge huts from 8.30am inwards.

Open to members of the Teviot Angling Club.

  May 2016      
Lake Pupuke Challenge Fishing Competition TBA

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

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.

Weigh-in at the Sylvan Park Reserve.

Starts 7.00am and finishes 5.30pm.


Roy Richardson: ph 021 936 442

Dave Symes: Phone: 021 673 045

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

Whakatane Sportsfishing Club Annual Trout Tournament



Lake Rotoiti

Open to Whakatane Sportsfishing Club members and guests only.

View more information


Fiordland Big Three Tournament

TBA Around Te Anau

Hunters team up to bag a deer, pig and prize-winning fish in just two days.

View more information

Contact: 027 229 9846

MMSFC Kilwell Trout Fishing Tournament TBA Lake Rotoiti Mount Maunganui Sports Fishing Club website
June  2016      
World Fly Fishing Champs June 2016 Bosnia and Herzegovina View event website
Windsor Cup

June 2016
(last Saturday in June)

Waitahanui River

A good-spirited event is celebrating its 52nd year. Participants must be guests at Windsor Lodge at the time.

Registration/check-in is on Friday 26June anytime before 10pm.

Casting for Recovery AGM June 2016 National Trout Centre, Turangi

At 4.15pm
More details

Casting for Recovery casting school June 2016 National Trout Centre, Turangi

One-day casting programme with Peter Carty from 10am to 2.45pm
More details

Casting for Recovery fly-tying fundraiser June 2016 National Trout Centre, Turangi

A fly-tying fund raiser for Casting for Recovery from 10am to 2.45pm. All flies tied will be sold.
More details

Brass Monkey Fishing Expedition


Lake Benmore

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

  July 2016      
Kai Iwi Lakes Trout Fishing Competition July 2016 Kai Iwi Lakes

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

August  2016      
NZ Fire Service fishing competition Aug 2016 Lake Taupo and local rivers Contact the Taupo Fire Service or DOC for details.
Coleridge Brass Monkey Competition Aug 2016 Lake Coleridge

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

Frosty Jack Shield

Aug 2016

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

Kawerau Big 3 Competition Aug 2016 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 2016    
SFFNZ Waikato Sports Fly Fishing regional champs Sept 2016 Lake Maraetai

See the SSFNZ website or email Mark Clasper

Rise Film Festival

During Sept 2016

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

Sept 2016

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

World Rivers Day Sept 2016   A day to get into the outdoors and explore the country’s waterways. Read more>>>
  October 2016      
Okataina Trout Fishing Competition

Oct 2016

Lake Okataina

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

Lower Waikato Fishing Contest

Oct 2016

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 2016

Lake Rotoaira

See the SSFNZ website or email Pual Bakerfor details.

Te Anau Manapouri Fishing Classic Oct 2016 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 2016    
Lake Coleridge Fishing Competition

Nov 2016

Ryton Bay

Lake Coleridge

Organised by North Canterbury Fish and Game.

Free entry

Introduction to Fly Fishing

Starts Nov


Wellington High, Wellington

A Wellington High School Community Education course consisiting of five sessions and two field trips.

Cost: $155

Register here

Oceania Fly Fishing Championships

Nov 2016

Ballarat, Victoria, Australia

See Fly Fish Australia and the SSFNZ website
Totally Fly North Shore Nov 2016 Lake Rotoaira

See the SSFNZ website or email or call Kiyoshi Nakagawa on 021 372225

  December 2016    
SFFNZ Taupo Regional Sports Fly Fishing Champs Dec 2016 Lake Kuratau

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

SFFNZ Wairarapa Sports Fly Fishing regional champs Dec 2016 Kourarau Dam

See the SSFNZ website or contact Graeme Evans on 021 577 476

Montrose Salmon Release, Open Day and BBQ


Montrose Salmon Hatchery on the Rakaia River

Canterbury Fish & Game




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