New Zealand Fly Fishing Charters

New Zealand Fly Fishing Charters

Best Fly Fishing Charters in New Zealand

Fly Fishing in New Zealand

New Zealand fly fishing needs no introduction – every passionate fly angler knows that this is the stuff fishing dreams are made of.
 
This is where huge wild Trout roam free in pristine mountain streams and rivers; where fly fishermen come to catch a trophy but keep coming back because they can’t get enough of those spectacular views and even better angling action.
 

What to Expect

It’s no exaggeration when we say that New Zealand boasts superb fly fishing, and it’s some of the best on the planet. Untouched nature and waters with little-to-no fishing pressure make it possible to head out and target the biggest Trout of your life.
 
Rainbow Trout is the most coveted catch, and while the average size of these beauties is around 4 pounds, you can easily land specimens weighing 10 pounds and more. Browns are very popular, too, and can fight just as hard as Rainbows.
 
The most productive fly fishing season usually lasts from October to April, though some parts of the country and bodies of water might have their own seasonality. The temperate climate makes it possible for fish to thrive and grow, so there’s a chance of catching something good year-round.
 
A foolproof way to find the best fishing spot and make sure you’re fishing within regulations is to hit the water with a skilled guide. They make it their business to keep you in the loop, as well as put you on the best bite available.
 

Where to Go

Both the North and South Islands are home to incredible fly fishing opportunities, so a lot depends on what kind of waters and surroundings you’re looking for. While the North Island is all about hidden streams and big productive lakes, the South Island boasts big rivers close to the ocean and mountain creeks.
 
There are many well-known fly fisheries on the northern side of the country, and Lake Taupo is at the very top. This is where the New Zealand fly fishing frenzy started, and from there, it spread to the Tongariro River, Rotorua, and beyond.
 
The South Island has every type of Trout fishing you can imagine, especially if you go to the Nelson Tasman region. Queenstown and Canterbury should also be on your list because of the easy access to nearby river systems that support even the wildest fly fishing endeavors.
 

What Trip to Book

Fly fishing in New Zealand is a dream come true, whether you’re a fly fisherman or simply an outdoor enthusiast. Picking a trip that suits your interests is the key to a memorable day on the water.
 
On half day and full day trips, you’ll spend several hours going after Trout on nearby lakes, rivers, and streams. This is a good option for all levels of fishermen who would like to see what New Zealand has to offer.
 
There’s also a variety of multi-day expeditions reserved for more seasoned anglers. This is the way to go if you’re looking to spend a few days in remote locations, admiring the great outdoors and catching incredible fish. Helicopter fishing is very much a thing here, but it can be considerably more expensive, though some claim that the exhilaration is worth it.
 

What to Bring

Very often guides will have fly fishing equipment ready for you, but you’re welcome to bring your own. It’s recommended to pack a 6 wt rod (7 wt if you’re fishing rivers), and a dull-colored fly line is a must because you’ll be in crystal clear waters. When it comes to flies, nymphs and dry flies are the best choices paired with long leaders and 3–8 lb tippets.
 
Talk to your guide before the trip to find out whether you need to buy a fishing license or if they’ll take care of it for you. You also might need wading gear, depending on where you’re going and what your preferred fishing style is.
 
Drinks like water and coffee are often included in the price, as well as lunch on full day trips. You can even have a BBQ on the bank and cook your catch right there. It doesn’t get fresher than that!
 
When you want a change of scenery, outstanding catches, and fishing action like you’ve never seen before, New Zealand fly fishing will offer all that and much, much more!
New Zealand
Excellent
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What anglers said about Fly Fishing in New Zealand

Trust your captain to advise you on techniques and tackle, and where to fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Trust your captain to advise you on techniques and tackle, and where to fish.
Taupo Boating & Fishing Charters
Taupo Boating & Fishing Charters
Make sure you are ready to have a greay day out. Bring a "BIG" chilly bin to put your catch in, because there will be plenty to fill it.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make sure you are ready to have a greay day out. Bring a "BIG" chilly bin to put your catch in, because there will be plenty to fill it.
Coro Cowboy Fishing Charters
Coro Cowboy Fishing Charters
They were well prepared and ready to go. Amenities on the boat were in great condition and the tackle was high quality.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
They were well prepared and ready to go. Amenities on the boat were in great condition and the tackle was high quality.
May Marie Charters
May Marie Charters
Take a cooler box to keep all the fish you catch - the crew cleaned and filled it and we had heaps to take away with us
Very good
4.0 / 5
Take a cooler box to keep all the fish you catch - the crew cleaned and filled it and we had heaps to take away with us
May Marie Charters
May Marie Charters
You do not have to worry about anything! The captain takes care of you and the fishing part!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
You do not have to worry about anything! The captain takes care of you and the fishing part!
Target Charters
Target Charters
Rely on Dave, he knows his stuff and will provide you with the best possible experience!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Rely on Dave, he knows his stuff and will provide you with the best possible experience!
Reel Charters
Reel Charters
Look for an experienced angler / skipper to get the best advice. The lakes are large and local knowledge is invaluable.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Look for an experienced angler / skipper to get the best advice. The lakes are large and local knowledge is invaluable.
Rotorua Trout Charters
Rotorua Trout Charters
Don’t stress Jason has you covered he communicates well and he will let you know what you need to do.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Don’t stress Jason has you covered he communicates well and he will let you know what you need to do.
Strikezone Sportfishing NZ
Strikezone Sportfishing NZ
If you have Jason as your captain, he will work his hardest to get you a feed
Excellent
4.7 / 5
If you have Jason as your captain, he will work his hardest to get you a feed
May Marie Charters
May Marie Charters
Maybe not the most fish you'll ever catch, but they're beautiful and quite large!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Maybe not the most fish you'll ever catch, but they're beautiful and quite large!
White Striker Charters Troutcatcher
White Striker Charters Troutcatcher
Good times. The Aussies on the boat loved it but the kiwis caught the fish!
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Good times. The Aussies on the boat loved it but the kiwis caught the fish!
Target Charters
Target Charters
Know the local knowledge of the area.ask the Skipper if you are new to fishing.You need to know what you are doing if you want to catch fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Know the local knowledge of the area.ask the Skipper if you are new to fishing.You need to know what you are doing if you want to catch fish.
Tauranga Marine Charters - Manutere
Tauranga Marine Charters - Manutere
Blue sea charters are obviously experts on where the fish are, no mucking around took us straight to the spot, straight onto the fish, maximising our fishing time
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Blue sea charters are obviously experts on where the fish are, no mucking around took us straight to the spot, straight onto the fish, maximising our fishing time
Blue Sea Charters – Splash
Blue Sea Charters – Splash
Fishing depends on the weather so dress appropriately for wind and rain in layers.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Fishing depends on the weather so dress appropriately for wind and rain in layers.
Rotorua Trout Charters
Rotorua Trout Charters
Not too cold not too hot, the water are great and not too harsh. Not too sea sick
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Not too cold not too hot, the water are great and not too harsh. Not too sea sick
Taupo Lake Adventures – Bravado III
Taupo Lake Adventures – Bravado III
This was our first time. We went with Marty Staine and it was the perfect day out. Caught plenty of fish with Marty’s set up. Recommend going with his fishing trips.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
This was our first time. We went with Marty Staine and it was the perfect day out. Caught plenty of fish with Marty’s set up. Recommend going with his fishing trips.
Fish Taupo
Fish Taupo Napier City, HKB
Be sure the weather and enough number of customers join the charter before you plan your travel schedule. The booked date and time may be changed with short time notice.
Very good
4.0 / 5
Be sure the weather and enough number of customers join the charter before you plan your travel schedule. The booked date and time may be changed with short time notice.
Coro Cowboy Fishing Charters
Coro Cowboy Fishing Charters Auckland, Auckland
Patience as the weather changing rapidly and be flexible with actual fishing trip day
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Patience as the weather changing rapidly and be flexible with actual fishing trip day
Strikezone Sportfishing NZ
Strikezone Sportfishing NZ
Experienced fly fishers should target brown trout in the Tongariro River at the southern end of Lake Taupo. It seems the big Rainbow trout are located a fair few meters below the surface (i.e. deep water) so unless you have your own boat etc, then best to charter an equipped boat.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experienced fly fishers should target brown trout in the Tongariro River at the southern end of Lake Taupo. It seems the big Rainbow trout are located a fair few meters below the surface (i.e. deep water) so unless you have your own boat etc, then best to charter an equipped boat.
Fish Taupo
Fish Taupo Brisbane, Queensland
Great guide! He has everything you need and knows where to go, walks you through your catch and is very professional as well as fun!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Great guide! He has everything you need and knows where to go, walks you through your catch and is very professional as well as fun!
Fish Taupo
Fish Taupo Arvada, CO

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