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Address: 2 Albion Street | Athol, Queenstown 9749, New Zealand
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+64 3-248 8890
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Stu's World Famous Fishing Shop is the only physical fly shop in New...

Stu's World Famous Fishing Shop is the only physical fly shop in New Zealand. Do you want to go fishing with Stu? He is Australasia's first Certified FFF Master Fly Casting Instructor and owner of the NZ Fly Fishing School.

Visit one of 30 lakes and rivers, all within an hour's drive of the shop.

We can arrange:

Backcountry Fly Fishing Road Trips, where you stay in an historic cottage or camp out.

Helicopter Guiding and water taxis for an unforgettable experience

One or multiple-day NZ Fly Fishing Schools: learn the basics about equipment, trout and their feeding habits, trout entomology (food), trout flies, tackle, equipment, leaders and their construction, basic knots and casting.

Been fly-fishing for years, but getting too many tangles? Or just want to get better? Learn how to double haul for distance, reach cast and wiggle cast. Get ahead of the game with some professional advice from Stu!

We have a range of multi-day guiding packages, road trips and camping out options, which can depart from Queenstown.

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Fly fishing in New Zealand is a whole lot tougher than it is at home. To succeed, you need to learn from a good guide. Stu is the best. He puts you on fish and teaches the skills... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Peter G
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fly fishing in New Zealand is a whole lot tougher than it is at home. To succeed, you need to learn from a good guide. Stu is the best. He puts you on fish and teaches the skills required to bring them to hand. He does so with skill, patience and humor. This was unquestionably the high point of my... More 

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Thank Peter G
StusFlyShop, Owner at Stu's Fly Shop, responded to this review

Thank you Peter for your honest feedback. It was a pleasure being on the water with you. All the best with your guiding back home. Cheers Stu More 

Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Four 60 year old fly fishermen decided to swap from their annual Tasmanian fishing week, to Southland in New Zealand. We engaged Stu for two days to show us how to catch the local monsters. Well that is exactly what he did. We had a ball. We tightened up our casting, learnt the effects of drift on flies, presentation and... More 

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StusFlyShop, Owner at Stu's Fly Shop, responded to this review

Hey guys i thought you were in your late twenties, and not 60 + !! It was great to bring you guys up to speed with your casting and skills to fool plenty NZ trout, especially with the small Banana willow grub fly. It will be a pleasure to guide you all again when you return ,hopefully next year. Have... More 

Tarbes, France
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2017 via mobile

A paradise and a must for fly fisherman !!! This shop it's just beautiful and fantastic !!! Thanks Stu for your potatoes sandwich Scottish and thank's Thomas for your advices and for the line that you sold me !!! See you later Jeremy and Laurianne

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Thank Jejedaz
Stuart T, Manager at Stu's Fly Shop, responded to this review

hey, Thank you for your kind words! Hope to see you again soon and enjoy your trip Cheers Thomas More 

Lyon, France
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2017

I found in that rocking shop a lot of equipment and deadly flies while little monster dog Trigger was welcoming me. Thomas gave me good advice to fish the Mataura and other rivers. I then booked Stu for a NZ Fly Fishing School session. And it was an awesome and priceless experience ! Great knowledge, philosophy and tips. Thanks again... More 

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Thank Alex_M0H
Stuart T, Manager at Stu's Fly Shop, responded to this review

Hey Alex, Thank you for your kind words, We hope to see you again too in Athol. Have some good days on your french rivers. Cheers Thomas More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2017 via mobile

My family and I had heard great things about this store and my fiancé and I hH been once before and had a wonderful experience however though this time we had the worst customer service ever, as soon as we enter the store No-one greated us instead the chap in store just chatted to his buddy and when we tried... More 

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Stuart T, Manager at Stu's Fly Shop, responded to this review

Hello Nicole, Thomas here, First thank you for your review. I would like to say sorry about your day visiting the shop. Sorry to felt you incompetent, it was not on my way as I try to help and give the best advice to anybody. I hope you to see you again in the shop to have a better relation... More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2016 via mobile

Must see for anyone even vaguely interested in fishing! Blow-your-mind kind of shop. Excellent advice and information about local fishing.

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Thank Cecylia K
Stuart T, Manager at Stu's Fly Shop, responded to this review

Hi, Thank you very much for your kind words. I hope you had a lot of fun fishing these beautiful rivers of NZ Hope to see you again Cheers Thomas manager More 

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 29, 2016

A day on the Mataura River should never occur without the presence of Stu from world famous Stu's Fly Shop. My wife and I were fortunate enough to claim Stu for the day whereupon we caught 4 lb. brown trout, learned more than we would have anticipated from his teaching skills and were guided into the best fishing in New... More 

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Thank michael w
StusFlyShop, Owner at Stu's Fly Shop, responded to this review

Thank you both so much for your awesome review. It was fun and a pleasure to help you both for the day and show you some of what NZ has to offer. May you return to theses shores soon for more fun,learning and excitement. Cheers Stu More 

Toronto, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2016

Let me start off by saying that I am only now coming down from the high that I experienced after a single days fishing with Stu. While on a honeymoon in New Zealand my wife was gracious enough to encourage me to take a days fly fishing in this world class country. I arrived with an understanding and expectation of... More 

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Thank Nick K
StusFlyShop, Owner at Stu's Fly Shop, responded to this review

Hello Nick Nick, Thank you for choosing me as you NZ fly fishing guide on your short visit to NZ with your wife. Your great review i hope will make some others smile and want to head out with me . It was also great to feel your passion for the sport and watch you cast , as your casting... More 

Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2016

Every year, I travel across the ditch to fly fish for trout in Southland New Zealand. And every year I spend a day being guided by Stu Tripney. What Stu doesn't know about fly fishing, the local conditions and casting isn't worth knowing. I know its a bold statement, but if you are a fly angler at any level and... More 

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StusFlyShop, Owner at Stu's Fly Shop, responded to this review

Hello David Great to hear you and some of the fly fishing club members are coming back again next year. Thank you so much for your honest and very helpful review. I thank you for your valuable time in writing your review as well. See you and all the other fly guys and girls in the shop in Feb.Lets hope... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 26, 2016

We where on our way to Dunedin and came through Athol, Athol is so small before you even noticed you are in Athol you already passed through. I ve been in a couple of small fly shops in the US and other place but STus has been one of the smallest but as they always size does not count. You... More 

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Thank obr2000
StusFlyShop, Shop Assistant at Stu's Fly Shop, responded to this review

Thanks for the great review. We are glad the shop left such an impression on you. The shop is now not being sold, Stu has new bigger ideas and goals for it ! Stu will always be offering NZ Fly Fishing Schools, Guided Trips and Casting Lessons. We look forward to seeing you in the shop again. Alex More 

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