About Southland Flies & Guides

From the lowland rivers of Eastern Southland to the freestone rivers of Northern Southland and the bush lined lakes, Southland has got it all; classic fly water, cunning browns, boisterous rainbows, a rich angling history and outstanding scenery.

Fly fishing on the Mataura River

Since my first trout fishing experience with my Father and Grandfather some 60 years ago I have spent the most precious hours of my life pursuing this pastime.

After years of fishing NZ and becoming a Professional Fishing Guide I fished extensively in Australia, the American West and also in Japan. Ten years ago still looking for the ultimate fishing area to settle I finally discovered SOUTHLAND.

What a discovery, as a Professional Guide and Fly Tier I decided this would be my home, from here I could share this wonderful wilderness fishing with others who felt the same about trout, the river and nature as I did. So with the understanding and support of my wife Bev we sold our farm and home to move South and I became a 'TROUT BUM'. I proceeded to explore every stream and river in Southland getting to know and understand their moods and the insect life.

I am offering a complete fishing experience from sharing our home, fishing the legendary Mataura and Southland's small streams, evening fly tying and an extensive trout fishing library to anyone who has the same dedication and devotion to this experience that I have.

We offer airport to airport transport, accommodation and fishing gear is available.

The day starts at 9.00am and will last as long as the client wants. It does not get dark down here until after 10.00pm over the summer and we specialize in evening rise fishing.

I provide 4WD transport, a substantial lunch, flies, & tippet and leader material.
I am first aid and CPR certified.

Deposits are not required as we understand people may have to cancel due to unforeseen circumstances. Besides in the midst of a busy season I am grateful for the chance to go fishing myself.

Payment options: As we do not have Credit Card facilities, Bank transfer or cash is our preferred method of payment.


Guiding rates:
One or two persons: NZ$750 per day
Accommodation prices NZ$180
Dinner, Bed and Breakfast per person per night (see accommodation page)

David and Bev Murray-Orr
David and  Bev Murray-Orr

David's tattoo
David's famous mayfly tattoo