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David Murray-Orr

Professional guide and fly-tier David Murray-Orr will take you fishing using custom tied trout flies on the world's best dry fly brown trout fishing river, the Mataura River.

David and Bev offer a complete fishing experience: sharing their home, fishing the legendary Mataura and Southland's small streams, fly tying and exploring an extensive trout fishing library in the evening.

Name Southland Flies & Guides
Contact David and Bev Murray-Orr

107 Shanks Road

Gore 9700

Location Southland Flies & Guides homestay accommodation is marked on the lower Mataura River map.
Contact details

Ph +64 3 206 4935

Email: dryfly@mataura.co.nz

Web: www.mataura.co.nz

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

Japanese contacts
In Japanese

Web page in Japanese: http://www.mataura.co.nz/jp/index.html

To organise your fishing trip from Japan, please contact:

Trout & King

8-12-5-7F, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

Phone: 03-3544-5251
Fax: 03-3544-5532
Mobile: 090-1003-3215

Email: ebi@troutandking.com (Motohiro Ebisutani)
or aoki@troutandking.com (Takashi Aoki)

Fishing waters

Some of the waters fished by Southland Flies & Guides include the:

Mataura River (see David's blog)

Oreti River

Waikaia River

Lake Onslow

Guided fishing
  • The day starts at 9.00am and lasts as long as you want
  • Fish the evening rise until dark (which is after 10pm in summer)
  • Enjoy superb fishing opportunities no matter whether you are an experienced angler out to develop your skills or a curious new-comer to fly fishing
  • Fishing gear is available
  • Flies, tippet and leader material are provided
  • 4WD transport and a substantial lunch is provided
  • Airport to airport transport is provided
  • Accommodation is available
About your guide
  • Since his first trout fishing experience with his father and grandfather some 50 years ago, David has spent years fishing New Zealand waters
  • He has also fished extensively in Australia and the American West, and has fished in Japan, hosted by many renowned Japanese fishermen and their families
  • Settled in Southland more than 15 years ago, after having been farming for many years
  • Has thoroughly explored Southland's streams and rivers, getting to know and understand their moods and the insect life and keeping extensive records
  • Can be found fishing Southland's rivers and stream whenever he's not guiding
  • Has developed fly patterns specifically to match the hatch on the Mataura and other local rivers which consistently produce the desired result when fished correctly in the right conditions
  • Is first aid and CPR certified
  • Has studied and speaks Japanese
Client feedback

"Each spot (on the Mataura) has its own condition for rise and David, our guide, knows it as his fingertips. I learned many from him this time as well. He studies Japanese and the person like me, who is not good at English, can spend memorable time."

Kenji Sugisaka

"A guide's competence may be measured by the options he can offer. When heavy rain comes, when no hatch comes, or when we find other fisherman in the spot we are planning to fish.... he always seem to have an alternative which is as good as the original plan. He suprises us by his clever choice, and makes our days memorable. He never lets us down."

Bill Higashi, editor/writer

"I refer all inquiries to a few select guides who I know are the best in their area. David Orr is such a guide. No matter what direction the wind should blow, David knows what river and which section he should fish. He ties a great fly, possesses a contageous enthusiasm for the sport of dry fly fishing... A booking with David Orr will ensure you of being guided by one of Southlands best fly fishing guides.

Ron Grannerman, US fishing guide

"David is not only totally professional about guiding but has the same "heart" and "attitudes" towards match-the-hatch dry fly fishing which most Japanese fly fishermen enjoy... I thoroughly enjoyed fishing with him and also his and Bev's hospitality, and also appreciate his understanding of our culture... I recommend anglers from Japan fish with him for at least the first couple of days of their stay to ensure they will understand the diversity of fishing opportunities there."

Takashi Adachi

Read more client feedback at the Southland Flies & Guides website.


David and Bev offer pleasant homestay accommodation overlooking the Mataura River valley exclusively to clients. Or, if accommodation is needed for more than two guests, they can arrange excellent alternative accommodation nearby.


  • Only five minutes from many favourite fishing spots
  • Bedroom with twin beds
  • Private bathroom facilities for guests
  • If one person does not fish, Bev is happy to show them around the area. There are many beautiful gardens to visit and Queenstown is only one and a half hours away.
Indicative costs
as at 1 April 2018

Guiding rates

One or two persons: NZ$700 per day

Deposits are not required as David understands people may have to cancel due to unforseen circumstances. Besides in the midst of a busy season David is grateful for the chance to go fishing himself.

Homestay accommodation

NZ$150 per person per night, includes:
- Bed and breakfast
- Dinner with New Zealand wine and beer

- Use of all facilities



Your Hosts David and Bev

Fly tying

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