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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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every person who fish, should visit Stu

Awesome shop, and fantastic to find new flys that work. The advice Stu gives and his commitment to finding new products that really do work. His knowledge of the area is second to... read more

Reviewed 29 November 2014
Garon B
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 29 November 2014

Awesome shop, and fantastic to find new flys that work. The advice Stu gives and his commitment to finding new products that really do work. His knowledge of the area is second to none.

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

Thanks for the awesome review - Stu's passion for getting the best products and designing the best flies is amazing! Rebecca More 

Prince George, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 29 November 2014

A must for any fisherman. By far the most unique fly shop I've ever been in from Calgary to Yellowstone.... Top notch selection and wicked service. You won't be disappointed!

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

Thanks for loving Stu's World Famous (Funky) Fly Shop! More 

Melbourne, Australia
1 review
Reviewed 29 November 2014

Stu's Fly Shop in Athol although looking small and cute on the outside, is absolutely packed with quality goods covering all aspects of fly fishing. The service is very friendly and the pricing is most competitive. A must stop shop when ever passing through the area, if just to look at the items on display.

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

Thanks for the review - we aim to have something for everyone! From Stu's Superior Flies to all the products that make your day easier and more enjoyable - we've got it all More 

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3 reviews
Reviewed 29 November 2014

Called in to say hello and to buy some more flies,Stu could not have been more helpful and as always could not do enough for us. If we had more people in the world like him it would be a better place -- keep up the great work thanks John T

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

Thanks for the great review - Stu is blushing! Rebecca More 

Norwich, England, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviewed 29 November 2014

Go out of your way to spend a rewarding time in Stu's emporium. Just examine his innovative and pioneering fly selection. Original designs tied on the premises and exported around the world. Stu, I'll see you in January 2015.

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

Well we are after world domination so would prefer best little fly shop in the world! =) Thanks for the great review and look forward to seeing you soon More 

Paeroa, Waikato, New Zealand
1 review
Reviewed 29 November 2014

I have used Stu's flies for the last 3 seasons now, to put it simply, they work exceptionally well. The choice is huge and I find them very durable. I don't go back country fishing without plenty of them in my fly box's now.

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

Thanks Mike, Stu puts a lot of time and effort in to his flies and it's great to get reviews like yours! Rebecca More 

1 review
Reviewed 28 November 2014

Stu you never disappoint and this year when the weather turned for the worst you still put us onto great fish. And a backpack laden with Spates to celebrate each release, my mate asked the question! Who's doing it better than us?

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

Thanks for the great review! As you know, Stu's got all the spots to head too and his local knowledge is awesome so will find you a great spot even when the weather not playing the game (and have speights on hand to celebrate!) More 

Brisbane, Australia
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 November 2014

A small but delightful shop packed full of goodies, a must stop if passing through, and worth a detour as well. Stu is doing an excellent job keeping the faith with his shop and guiding business

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Stu's F, Manager at Stu's Fly Shop, responded to this review

Thanks for the great review. More 

Westport, West Coast, New Zealand
1 review
Reviewed 25 November 2014

Had a one on one days tuition,Stu picked me up from the motel, I felt relaxed straightaway, real nice guy,knowledge is everything in this game and Stu has heaps,taught me how to cast better,and then we went fishing,as the weather changed, we moved to other spots, he obviously knows the area well, I really enjoyed my day, very entertaining, and... More 

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

Hi Peter great that you enjoyed your day with Stu - and got benefit from it too. The Shop is most definitely like the tardis - full of things for the fisher and non fisher too. Thanks for the great review. Rebecca More 

Canberra, Australia
1 review
Reviewed 24 November 2014

Brilliant flyshop with great service and truly innovative flies from the master himself. If you book Stu for a day's guiding you won't do better anywhere in NZ. Stu is an incredibly talented, perceptive (and patient!) guide with a deep passion for fly fishing which he shares with his clients at every turn with wit and humour. Can't recommend his... More 

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Stu's F, Manager at Stu's Fly Shop, responded to this review

Thanks Alex, Stu's passion and dedication definitely shine through in what he does. Rebecca More 

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