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Stu's Fly Shop

2 Albion Street | Athol, Queenstown 9749, New Zealand
+64 3-248 8890
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Most interesting store on our entire holiday.

I am a fly fisherman from South Africa where I have met xpert fly fisherman and have been to a few... read more

Reviewed 20 February 2016
Edward S
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South Australia, Australia
via mobile
Casting Instruction

Travelling from Scotland for the last few years to fish in New Zealand I came to realise that... read more

Reviewed 28 January 2016
DerekKilgour
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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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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2 Albion Street | Athol, Queenstown 9749, New Zealand
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+64 3-248 8890
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Reviewed 20 February 2016 via mobile

I am a fly fisherman from South Africa where I have met xpert fly fisherman and have been to a few very good fly shops but I must say that Stu's Fly shop has been my very best experiance. This store stocks absolutely every piece...More

Thank Edward S
StusFlyShop, Shop Assistant at Stu's Fly Shop, responded to this reviewResponded 4 May 2016

Thanks for the great review. We are glad to hear the time you spent here was such good. We look forward to seeing you in the shop again. Alex

Reviewed 28 January 2016

Travelling from Scotland for the last few years to fish in New Zealand I came to realise that fishing in NZ shows up all the faults in your casting technique that you may get away with back home. NZ is technical - the ever present...More

1  Thank DerekKilgour
Stuart T, Manager at Stu's Fly Shop, responded to this reviewResponded 30 January 2016

Thank you so much for the wonderful review, Derek. It was an absolute pleasure having you out. We look forward to having you swing by in the future and tackling those challenging brown trouts together.

Reviewed 27 January 2016

With some doubts of what to expect from an unorthodox and perhaps larger than life character, per his web persona, I booked a day with Stu. In hindsight I can only apologise for these doubting thoughts for I cannot praise Stu enough for the day...More

1  Thank nyorkstraveller2015
Stuart T, Manager at Stu's Fly Shop, responded to this reviewResponded 30 January 2016

Thanks for the great review. Also, great advice to those swinging by here to catch some of the best trout on the planet. Practice those casts!

Reviewed 10 December 2015

booked a days guiding on a whim after 10 years of fishing in NZ with out a guide, was very dubious that i would get much out it as i have never had any trouble catching fish. however i quickly realised the benefit of spending...More

2  Thank adgjdee
StusFlyShop, Manager at Stu's Fly Shop, responded to this reviewResponded 15 December 2015

Can't thank you enough for the review, adgjdee. I am so glad we were able to provide you with memorable trip, and assist you in bettering you game on the water. Look forward to seeing you again!

Reviewed 28 November 2015

Called in on our way to Milford Sound but Stu was out teaching and we were served by Matt his assistant. Great shop with a massive selection of flies. Called back in on our return to Queenstown and met Stu an affable guy who knows...More

Thank Stephen C
StusFlyShop, Manager at Stu's Fly Shop, responded to this reviewResponded 15 December 2015

Hey, Stephen! Thanks for the great review. I am glad we left such an impression on you, and we look forward to seeing you in the shop again.

Reviewed 22 November 2015

Great shop for those addicted to fly. Large fly range and lots of suitable gear for the many local rivers. Quirky and cottage based. A true mecca for Southland fly fishers and good cheer and knowledge for Stu.

Thank MalLorySydney
StusFlyShop, Owner at Stu's Fly Shop, responded to this reviewResponded 15 December 2015

Appreciate the review, MalLory! Hope to see you around soon, looking to hunt some NZ famous brown trout!

Reviewed 29 October 2015

Even if you are not an angler, this shop is well worth a visit. Amazingly crafted flies, fabulous memorabilia and a warm welcoming chat from Stu. This man certainly has talent. If you are a fly fisher like me, you will have landed in paradise...More

Thank Shagnround
StusFlyShop, Owner at Stu's Fly Shop, responded to this reviewResponded 15 December 2015

Thanks Shagnround! We are always happy to have great customers like you come in :) Hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 27 May 2015

stu's a cracker guide knows his trout and all-round fun to be with.fishing was tough with snow melt then rain but we caught fish both days

Thank John G
Stuart T, Owner at Stu's Fly Shop, responded to this reviewResponded 13 November 2015

Hey there John! Thanks for the great review, i'm happy you had a great time on the water, I had a blast as well and thank you for the good company. Looking forward to the next time! Cheers, Stu

Reviewed 24 March 2015

On the 15th March I returned with a friend to fish with Stu Tripney. This would be the fourth or fifth (or could be more) times we've fished with Stu and he didn't disappoint (he never has). I see that Stu could be quite a...More

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StusFlyShop, Owner at Stu's Fly Shop, responded to this reviewResponded 15 December 2015

Thank you so much for the beaming review. I am glad you had such a great time and I look forward to fishing with you again!

Reviewed 10 March 2015

We've been using Stu for many years now but each time it just seems to get better and better! It's always so much fun and that's what it's all about after all! Stu would have to be one of the best spotters of trout in...More

1  Thank Mark S
StusFlyShop, Manager at Stu's Fly Shop, responded to this reviewResponded 13 March 2015

Hi Mark - fun and fishing is what Stu is about as you know! So pleased that you once again enjoyed your time with Stu, thanks for the great review we really do appreciate it. Look forward to seeing you back later in the year....More

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