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Locals will tell you that fishing on Lake Wanaka and nearby Lake Hawea is better than at the more famed Taupo area. You won't want to enter that argument, but chances are good you'll catch fish if you have the right guide. Fishing is year-round.
Gerald Telford. Gerald Telford will take you fly-fishing, including night-fishing and multiday Otago-Southland fishing expeditions as well as hunting for Trophy Red Stag. 03/443-9257. www.flyfishhunt.co.nz.
Harry Urquhart. Harry Urquhart has trolling excursions for rainbow trout, brown trout, and quinnat salmon on Lake Hawea. 03/443-1535.
Hatch Fishing. Craig Smith at Hatch Fishing is a superb guide and a really nice bloke who runs several fishing packages. 03/443-8446. www.hatchfishing.co.nz.
Wanaka Fly Fishing. Wanaka Fly Fishing provides instruction, guided trips, and wilderness fishing safaris, including a heli-fishing option. 03/443-7870. www.fly-fishing-guide-wanaka-new-zealand.co.nz.
If you're not keen on hiring a guide, you can rent fly fishing gear at Wanaka Sports at 8 Helwick Street or Lakeland Adventures in the Log Cabin on Ardmore Street.
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