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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!

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