Gore's famous Brown Trout statue

Since its official unveiling by Sir Bob Jones on 18 February 1989, the trout has become one of New Zealand’s iconic statues and one of the most photographed features in Southland.

Have you got what it takes?

Anglers from around the country and the world come to fish in the waters of the Mataura River, hoping to land a trophy brown trout.

Local fishing guides can introduce you to their secret fishing spots, or you can head out and try your luck on your own.