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Freshwater fishing

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About New Zealand Fly Fishing

In New Zealand fly fishing is defined as fishing sports fish with fly rod, fly reel, fly line and artificial fly. Artifical flies may be made of feather, fur, wool or other such material.

New Zealand fly fishing regulations

New Zealand permits fly fishing in most rivers, lakes and streams during the fishing season for the region. The open season and other rules for each region are shown in the New Zealand fly fishing regulations.

New Zealand fly fishing licences

You must have a New Zealand fishing licence to fly fish for trout anywhere in New Zealand except Taupo. For the Taupo fishery are you must have a separate Taupo licence. See New Zealand fishing licences.

New Zealand fly fishing destinations

While Lake Taupo is probably the best-known New Zealand fly fishing destination, many other lakes and rivers offer superb fly fishing. See best places to fish in New  Zealand and also the recommendations on where to fish in each region (select the region from the New Zealand fly fishing regions map).

New Zealand fly fishing only waters

All waters in New Zealand open to fishing are also open to fly fishing. Many areas around the country, especially in the central North Island of New Zealand, are deemed fly fishing only. Consequently, any angler coming to New Zealand wishing to fish a variety of waters, is advised to bring or purchase a flyfishing rod.

New Zealand fly fishing guides

An experienced New Zealand fly fishing guide can provide invaluable expertise and often fly fishing tackle as well. Many professional New Zealand fly fishing guides are members of the New Zealand Professional Fishing Guides Association, NZPGA. To find a fly fishing guide in any region, select the region from the New Zealand fly fishing regions map.

New Zealand fly fishing tackle

For recommendations on the fly fishing gear New Zealand anglers typically use, see New Zealand fly fishing: Methods and tackle.

New Zealand fly fishing methods

New Zealand fly fishing methods include:

  • Dry fly fishing using artificial flies which are floated on the surface of the water
  • Wet fly fishing using a sinking line. It includes using streamers (lures) and wee wets
  • Nymphing where a small fly that imitates an emerging or hatching insect is fished below the surface
    See New Zealand fly fishing: Methods and tackle

New Zealand fly fishing flies

New Zealand fly fishing flies are designed to represent the New Zealand insects that fish typically feed on. Probably the most popular all-purpose fly used in New Zealand fly fishing is the Hare and Copper. See The New Zealand fly fishing fly box for commonly used New Zealand fly fishing flies recommended for your New Zealand fly fishing fly box.

What to take when fly fishing New Zealand

As well as your fly fishing equipment you need to be prepared for New Zealand's changeable weather conditions. See What to take fly fishing New Zealand.

New Zealand fly fishing etiquette

Especially in spots where there are many anglers casting or many boats being launched, it is essential to be aware of the behaviour that is expected. See New Zealand fishing etiquette.

 

 

 

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