Fly fish NZ with the Best of New Zealand Fly Fishing

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.

The August/September 2014 issue of Fly Fisherman has a NZ fishing shot on the cover and an article by the editor, Ross Purnell. In the article Ross writes the following:

Mike McClelland Mike McClelland of The Best of New Zealand Fly Fishing ( 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 25 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

specialist1.jpg: 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 25 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.

Celebrity Catch of the Season

Client: Ross Brawn
Location:Top of South Island

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.

25 Years of The Best of New Zealand Fly Fishing

25 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 25 years.

Mike was recently 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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Hat of the Week !

Don Hansen fly fishing in New Zealand Client: Don Hansen, San Rafael, CA

I wore different hat first fish. Then wore my "Best of New Zealand Flyfishing" hat second day and whammo!

Mark said it brought me good luck. No complaints. I'll wear it on my fishing trips.

"To say I had a New Zealand Fly Fishing experience would be an understatement. I had a really, great experience of a lifetime! "

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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Latest Testimonials ...

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.


Becky and Marty Duncan Read Full Testimonial and Review Comments

Fred Jamison, Bakerfield, CA June 15th 2013

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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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Catch of the day

Client: Bunky Henderson

Fish caught at one of our popular New Zealand Fly fishing Lodges, Poronui Lodge. "I look forward to my trip to New Zealand every year and have been doing so for the past 10 years. You can't beat the scenic beauty, the wonderful people, and of course the unbelievable fly fishing."
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New Trip Reviews 2014/2015 Season

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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...
Luxury fishing lodges

NZ Accommodation from luxury lodges to wilderness huts

Stay in some of the country's best luxury fishing lodges and small boutique hotels with wonderful hosts offering genuine and friendly Kiwi hospitality. Read more...
Custom New Zealand tours

Custom New Zealand tours

We are the New Zealand travel planning experts, and we can plan custom New Zealand holidays to suit your specific requirements. You tell us what you want and we’ll plan everything for you! 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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