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We believe we know New Zealand fly fishing & travel better than anyone else and invite you to benefit from our years of Kiwi research, relationship building and experience.

We sell customized New Zealand fishing programs to meet your exacting standards. Our client's itineraries can also include sightseeing and nature-based activities such as golf, winery tours, bird watching, trekking, and sea kayaking. Each trip is planned around your wants and needs -- we do not sell "group tours" or "packaged" tours.

2017 Team Kiwi brought to you by Best of New Zealand Fly Fishing

The annual Jackson Hole One Fly fishing competition is fast approaching and we are again happy to be associated with Team Kiwi! Captained by Simon Dickie, former Olympic rowing champion with three gold medals from the 1968, 1972 and 1976 summer games, Team Kiwi will also include Chef Al Brown, Pete Cullinane and Chris Alpe. The One Fly competition will take place September 9 and 10, 2017.

Get to know all four members of Team Kiwi:
  • Simon Dickie: A former New Zealand rowing cox who won 3 Olympic medals, Dickie now calls Taupo home and has gotten involved in adventure tourism. He formed his own company, Simon Dickie Adventures in 1972 around fishing and also developed - and subsequently sold - what is regarded as New Zealand's top fishing lodge, Poronui;
  • Al Brown: One of the best known chefs in New Zealand, Brown is one part of the duo behind the award winning Logan Brown in Wellington before going on to open three more restaurants, writing several books (Go Fish: Recipes and Stories from the New Zealand Coast, Cooking with Fire and Depot: Biography of a Restaurant) and TV hosting (Hunger for the Wild, Get Fresh with Al Brown). He loves to promote New Zealand and its food to the rest of the world and he's been a culinary ambassador for New Zealand Trade & Enterprise since 2003. In 2012 he was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services as a chef;
  • Pete Cullinane: After serving as the second in command at Saatchi & Saatchi, Cullinane decided to opt out and develop his own business projects in New Zealand. Today, he is the owner of Antipodes Water and Lewis Road Creamery, which makes the world's finest butter. Cullinane participated in the Jackson Hole One Fly 5 years ago and is a past winner of the NZ One Fly;
  • Chris Alpe: Founder of MAUI and then later JUCY, Alpe has played a major role in the development of New Zealand and Australia's top rental vehicle companies. He has since turned JUCY into New Zealand and Australia's pre-eminent tourism business, operating hotels, rental RVs, cars, tour coaches and cruise boats.
  • The Jackson Hole One Fly Event, organized by the Jackson Hole One Fly Foundation, was created to raise awareness on environmental issues and on the conservation of trout populations. More information about the competition can be found at http://jacksonholeonefly.com/.

Mike on the cover of Fly Fisherman and quote by Editor Ross Purnell. In the article Ross writes the following:

Mike McClelland Mike McClelland of The Best of New Zealand Fly Fishing (bestofnzflyfishing.com) has arranged all my fishing days in New Zealand on two previous trips, and did the same for my mentor and the previous editor of this magazine John Randolph.

Mike has a home in New Zealand and has spent many weeks per year there over the past 26 years. He is more familiar with the fishing, the accommodations, and the other activities in New Zealand than any other American.

His business can arrange for you to stay at any of these lodges (and more), and his expert advice costs consumers nothing. His fee comes from the lodge.
-Ross Purnell

Trust the Specialist

26 years: It's only natural to depend more on the expertise of a specialist. The value of a specialist is especially true in the travel business . A general travel agent has to rely on second hand information and may have no particular expertise.

Fortunately, there are specialists in the travel business. For over 26 years, The Best of New Zealand Fly Fishing has organized and booked trips for fishing and travel to New Zealand. Our New Zealand expertise is unmatched.

Contact us and see for yourself.

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Celebrity Catch of the Season

Client: Ross Brawn
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Ross Brawn: From Formula 1 to Fishing

After 16 world titles with Benetton, Ferrari, Mercedes and his own Brawn team, Ross Brawn may be taking a sharp turn toward fishing.
We booked a New Zealand angling trip for him in 2007 and he asked us too plan another one for him this year. The photo, taken recently, suggests that he may find as much success with fish as he did with cars.

27 Years of The Best of New Zealand Fly Fishing

27 years fly fishing in New Zealand New Zealand is what we do and its all we do. We've been creating hand crafted itineraries for New Zealand vacations for 26 years.

Last year, Mike was congratulated by the Prime Minister of New Zealand for his work in the NZ tourism industry and in particular his promotion of New Zealand Fly Fishing over many years.

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Al Cobel, Irvine, CA Client: Al Cobel, Irvine, CA
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Latest Testimonials ...

Kirk Deeter and Fish - Fly fishing in New Zealand Hi Mike.

I cannot thank you enough for what is becoming more and more apparent with every day, all the thought you put into this itinerary. You nailed it.

The fishing has been exactly what I had hoped it would be. Very technical and challenging, yet very rewarding. I am lucky in that I have caught nice fish every day I have been out on the water.

This is clearly a cut above anything I have ever experienced, from Argentina, to Russia, to Iceland, and beyond. This is in its own league.

Thanks again, and all the best,

Kirk Deeter
Director of Strategy/Editor of Trout

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Hi Mike,
Just wanted to let you know what a fabulous time we had on our trip to New Zealand. All the accommodations were fantastic.

Wave Watcher's was awesome- you have a very special place there- we loved it ...

Thanks again for everything - you and your staff did a great job.


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Fred Jamison, Bakerfield, CA

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"That was the best fishing trip ever and wow such a beautiful place. Thanks for putting that together for me"

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Mike McClelland enjoying some early season NZ fly fishing

Early Season Fishing Revisited.. Again!

As reported in my early articles on fishing in the Early Season, the New Zealand fishing guides and lodge owners have told me for years that some of the best fishing in New Zealand is in the early season after the streams have been closed for five months. Read more...
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Mike McClelland - Honorary Member of NZPFGA

Mike has been made an Honorary Member of the New Zealand Professional Fishing Guides Association. The only non-Kiwi to have received this honor
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