Blanket Bay originally sprung from its owner's love of fly-fishing. Though a year-round resort, everything at Blanket Bay is designed to provide a world-class experience for the most demanding and experienced anglers.
Large rivers, slow moving pools, fast runs and riffles, bush clad streams, open river floats, or small mountain lakes provide exciting options for your fishing pleasure.
You may fish nearby in local rivers and streams, or the lake edge at Blanket Bay (a 10+ pound trout was caught at the mouth of Stoney Creek, just alongside the Lodge). Alternatively you may prefer to fly fish the lake banks, or the mouth of the rivers that flow into Lake Wakatipu.
Lake Wakatipu is home to Brown and Rainbow trout and land-locked Quinnat Salmon.
Our fishing season on the rivers runs from November through May. There is excellent nymph fishing during the early season and superb dry fly and nymph fishing during the summer months. Brown and Rainbow trout average more than three pounds, with five to six pound trout not uncommon. Trophy size trout over 10 pounds are more likely in early or late season.
Fishing on Lake Wakatipu is available year round.
Anglers from all over the world have looked to New Zealand as the mecca of angling - the world's best wild trout fishery. There is exceptional stream fishing for Browns and Rainbows. Fishing in New Zealand is measured by quality not quantity. A good day's fishing might be only 3 or 4 fish, but they could average over 5 pounds!
Fishing for New Zealand trout also requires techniques often unfamiliar to visitors. Here is stalking and sight fishing at its best! Whether absolute beginner or the most avid and experienced fishermen, our resident guides will tailor a fishing adventure for you.
Though we anticipate the most experienced fisherman will bring their own equipment, our guides will provide a full range of rods, reels, and other gear to ensure a quality fishing experience for those without their own tackle.