NZ Trout Festival -16 September 2023

  • Central South Island
  • 18/08/2023

NZ Trout Festival -16 September 2023

Back bigger than ever – The 2023 NZ Trout Festival returns on 16 September at the Groynes Reserve and Clearwater Resort, Christchurch.


Canterbury Fly Fishing Club and North Canterbury Fish & Game have combined to put on the third annual NZ Trout Festival.

Registration is essential, it's free, plus you’ll go in the midday draw to win one of two days fishing with Fishing Guide Kristina Placko (worth $950 each).

A big thanks to our sponsors, especially Hunting & Fishing (Tower Junction) and Epic Fly Rods.

Special guest this year is Brian Henderson, a master casting instructor from Australia, with us courtesy of Epic Fly Rods.

Brian will be doing presentations throughout the day on how to improve your fly casting at the Groynes Reserve. Brian is one of the foremost fly casters in the world; his one-hour session times are 9 am, 11 am and 2 pm.

Freshwater fishing industry leaders will have marquees at the Groynes Reserves and will have some of New Zealand’s top trout anglers there to give help and advice to help you catch more fish.

  • Manic Tackle has several top anglers in their marquee, Rene Vaz and Bryce Helms; they will have FFF casting instructor Chris Dore and local guide and Pure Fly star Hannah Clement in attendance throughout the day, answering all manner of questions and giving presentations and exhibiting a wide range of trout fishing gear.
  • Kilwell has Alex Waller from the YouTube channel “Trippin on Trout”, and Kilwell wants you to bring your rod along and try it with their range of Scientific Angler lines. They will also have a selection of the latest Orvis rods and reels for you to try out. 
  • Flytackle NZ has a selection of the latest Guideline and Sage gear. Andrew Burden, owner of Sporting Life Turangi, will be on hand to pass on his extensive knowledge (especially euro nymphing) to all interested.

Other demonstrators at the Groynes Reserve include: 

  • Kristina Placko, a well-known local South Island guide, will also be here covering various fishing-related topics and will be available to answer your questions. 
  • Darian Shaheen from the Complete Angler will provide demonstrations and coaching on spin casting and soft-baiting techniques. 
  • Tony Smith, the Wild to Table chef from Trout Fisher magazine, will share recipes in the CFFC marquee. 

And finally, don’t forget that if all this makes you hungry and thirsty, we have Rangiora Lions doing a BBQ ($2 coin) and coffee carts.

The Groynes Reserves demonstrations are aimed to be complementary with sessions at the Clearwater Resort, taking place at the following times: 

  • 10 am – 10:30 am
  • 11:15 am – 11:45 am
  • 12:30 pm – 1 pm
  • 1:30 pm – 2 pm
  • 2:45 pm – 3:15 pm

At the Clearwater Resort function room, we have an impressive lineup of presenters, including: 

To allow you to make the most of the day and see as much as possible, we will have an “Events Board” with details and timings of all the various presentations, which we will update as the day progresses.

Clearwater Resort Function Room Timetable





9 am – 9:15 am

Clearwater Function Room

Rasmus Gabrielsson

Introduction to the Festival

9:15 am – 10 am

Clearwater Function Room

Malcolm Bell & Darian Shaheen


10:30 am – 11:15 am

Clearwater Function Room

Rene Vaz & Chris Dore

How to navigate the vast world of flyfishing equipment

11:45 am – 12:30 pm

Clearwater Function Room

Jeff Forsee

Jeff will present on the different places around the world that he has fished

1 pm – 1:30 pm

Clearwater Function Room

Kristina Placko & Daryl Paskell

Getting into trout fishing, the expected addiction, where to fish and different approaches for catching trout

2 pm – 2:45 pm

Clearwater Function Room

James Fuller & Peter Scott

Both ex-NZ flyfishing team members will talk about what it's like to be in the NZ team and recount some of their past experiences

3:15 pm – 3:45 pm

Clearwater Function Room

Kristina Placko & Daryl Paskell

Getting into trout fishing, the expected addiction, where to fish and different approaches for catching trout



So, if you want to learn more about all aspects of trout fishing, be it fly, spin, or soft bait, register and come along on Saturday, 16 September.

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