Guided Fly Fishing and Fishing Charters

Fly fishing guide in Nelson, Golden Bay and West Coast regions.

Join Anton Donaldson for and unforgettable fishing experience. Anton has been a passionate fisherman his entire life and has turned his passion into his profession. He has been a professional fly fishing guide for the past decade and knows how to catch the toughest fish in even the worst of conditions. A member of the NZ Professional Fishing Guides Association, a licensed skipper and fully trained in first aid, Anton offers the kind of experience that is fully professional and customer focused. 

Anton offers a wide range of experiences within the South Island. The mainstay of his guiding has been fly fishing for the brown and rainbow trout that inhabit the clear rivers of the South Island. In recent years, Anton has been targeting Yellowtail Kingfish in what is possibly New Zealand's most exciting saltwater flats fishery. It was Anton himself who discovered the flats fishery and as it is on his door step in Golden Bay, he has become the master of the fishery. He has a custom built boat with casting platform designed to give the angler the best opportunity to hook and land the powerful Kingfish. 

Fishing Opportunities

Saltwater Fly Fishing

Onboard the Purpose built boat "Ray Rider". The focus will primarily be on sight fishing for flats Kingfish. If the weather is bad we may decide to sight fish for trout instead, or target other saltwater species on fly. A day will cost $900nz for one or two anglers (no half days) and will include;

  • Tuition
  • Equipment hire
  • Flies
  • Lunch

launch will be from Collingwood or another prearranged destination. We have limited dates available for 2022;

February 4th, 5th, 11th, 12th

March 4th, 5th, 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th, 25th, 26th

April 1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th

Fly Fishing for Trout

Sight fishing for wily Brown Trout and explosive Rainbow Trout in the rivers of Golden Bay, Nelson and the West Coast. Trips are $850nz per day for one or two anglers (no half days) and will include;

  • Tuition
  • Equipment hire
  • Flies
  • Lunch

We have limited dates available for the 2021/2022 season. Bookings can be arranged between October 1st 2021 and December 24th 2021 and again between April 15th 2022 and December 24th 2022.

Golden Bay Charter Fishing

Fun fishing in Golden Bay for a range of species abaord the surveyed charter vessel "Ray Rider". Catch your dinner or target trophy Kingfish or Snapper. We can accommodate all methods from bottom fishing, livebaiting, stayline, softbait, jigging and slowjigging. These trips are a great opportunity to learn from a local expert and try new techniques that work. The vessel "Ray Rider is surveyed for just two fishers plus skipper, so these trips can be tailored to suit your requests. Trips are by prior arrangement and price is upon application.

Cancellation policy  

All bookings are secured with a 50% deposit. The deposit must be paid within two weeks of a date being agreed upon. Any dates cancelled within 60 days of the booked date will result in the forfeit of the deposit. 

Bookings and Contact

Bookings can be made by emailing or calling 0279325084  Enquiries can also be made instore at "The Flyfishers Wife" at 1 Tasman St in Collingwood.