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Fly Fish Mataura

Name Fly Fish Mataura
Contact Barry Perkins

86a Wentworth Street
New Zealand

Contact details

Phone: +64 3 208 6476

Mobile: 027 6173 529

Email: barry@flyfishmataura.co.nz

Web: www.flyfishmataura.co.nz

Facebook: Flyfish Mataura


Please mention nzfishing.com when you make an enquiry or booking.

Fishing waters

Some of the waters fished by Barry include:

Mataura River





Hamilton Burn



Also Waimea and Whitestone Rivers

Fishing options

Fishing options include:

  • Full day guiding (max 2 pax)
  • Half days guiding (max 2 pax)
  • Package deals with accommodation at Wentworth Heights
  • All tippet material is supplied, as are all flies, most of which are personally hand tied
  • Transport is by comfortable air-conditioned 4WD vehicle
  • Lunch and hot and cold drinks are provided

About your guide

  • Barry lives and fishes locally and considers it a privilege to guide visiting anglers on the Mataura and other Southland Rivers.
  • Member of the New Zealand Professional Fishing Guides Association (NZPFGA).
  • Barry is fully qualified in first aid and CPR, and always carries the necessary first aid kit.
  • Barry specialises in dry fly and nymph fishing and always carries two fully rigged rods for clients, one for dry fly fishing, the other for Nymphing, so that he can fish off the top whenever there are rising fish without wasting your valuable fishing time re-tying flies.
  • After living in Southland for many years Barry knows the rivers intimately, and friendships with local landowners allows him access to some epic fishing spots.
  • Barry has fished in a number of countries including England, Wales, Finland, Austria and Canada, and can truthfully say that the Mataura River can hold its own with any water that he has been fortunate enough to fish.

Corporate Events People's Choice Awards

Flyfish Mataura was placed second in 2010 and was a finalist in the 2011 People's Choice awards in the adventure activities section.


Client feedback


"Barry, you're perfect!! It was for us all a really perfect day. We've had a really hard time before we met you, but you were able to change this, thanks. Now I think we're ready to catch trout all over New Zealand. We will recommend you where ever we can." Ray - Switzerland

"Gracias. We had one of the best fly fishing days of our lives. Thank you, thank you, thank you." Pablo - Spain

"A fantastic first fly fishing experience. Thanks for the patience and tips." Dustin & Karen - Australia

"Barry thank you so much for making our day such a special one. You are an outstanding guide and great company." Pete - U.K

Spent a few days with Barry again this year and had a great time. Barry knows the area like the back of his hand and knows where the fish are.He is very patient and excellent company. We will be visiting again next year John H

Barry is an absolute master of the Mataura river in the Gore region. Barry got us into many fish including sighted dry fly fishing. We had a day out with 13 fish landed on wet and dry flies and up to 20 hooked. A special mention to Dianne for the delicious home made lunch and locally picked fruits. Will be back next year. Tony W

I have been guided by Barry twice now over a couple of seasons. On both occasions Barry has been a fantastic guide. I am new to fly fishing and Barry not only taught me the basics of the art of fly fishing but helped me to have a very productive day on the river catching both my first dry fly caught and nymph caught browns! Rohan S

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Wentworth Heights luxury Bed & Breakfast, owned and operated by Diane and Barry Perkins, is located in Gore, Southland, and is only 2 minutes drive from the Mataura River.

Its excellent location makes Wentworth Heights Anglers Lodge bed & breakfast an ideal stopover between Dunedin and Te Anau.

Indicative costs
as at October 2016
  • Full day guiding (1 pax) NZ$700
  • Full days guiding (2 pax) NZ$750
  • Half days guiding (1 or 2 pax) NZ$430
  • Package deals with accommodation at Wentworth Heights available.

All prices include GST

Payment methods
  • Payment by cash, Mastercard or Visa
Cancellation Barry does not charge a deposit or cancellation fee. Very occasionally a booking may need to be amended or cancelled due to river or weather conditions. As this is no fault of either party, Barry believes the client should not be financially disadvantaged.
Future Rivers supporter


Flyfish Mataura is a keen supporters of Future Rivers.


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