nzfishing.com news: Jan 2012
How has the fishing season
gone to date?
We are receiving mixed
reports about the fishing season from around the country but it
is fair to say that most areas are fishing well and are looking
good for the latter half of the season. New Zealand has had strange
weather this summer with many unusually wet days in the north and
a prolonged dry period in the south. Generally it has been much
cooler than usual.
So before heading
out to fish an area do check the conditions. This can be done through
our website by checking the reports page for the region (For example
region) or checking the Conditions section for the region (For
example the Wellington
There is nothing
worse than turning up at a river to find it in full flood.
International fishing licences
One of the most frequent
questions we receive from overseas anglers is about what licences
they need as non-residents. The answer is they need exactly the
same licence as residents. New Zealand does not charge a non-residents
fee or licence to fish our waters. And the licence is actually very
reasonable as you can fish many thousands of kilometres of rivers
and lakes for a year for $NZ116. To read what you need see our section
As you will see from
blog I am now answering many of the frequently asked questions
Focus on the Nelson region
Many people have written
to us asking about the fishing in the Nelson / Golden Bay region
after the pre-Christmas floods. I am pleased to say that the floods,
while very severe, were confined to the coastal region and had little
impact on the majority of rivers. In fact according to the local
guides who fish the area, this is a great season and as we move
into the full summer months will be fishing at their peak over the
So if you are the
type of angler that likes to stalk wary large brown trout in crystal
clear water, now is the peak time to fish this magic region that
has been dubbed "brown trout heaven". To make the most
of your time in the area we strogly recommend that you hire
a guide as the fishing around Nelson and Golden Bay is challenging
to say the least.
make use of the accommodation we recommend for the region. Whether
it be luxury
fishing lodges or other
accommodation, the places we have listed all cater for the angler
and are usually located on some of the very best fishing waters.
This photo taken by guide
Zane Mirfin shows the quality of fishing to be found in the Nelson
region at present. If you want to know the name of the river however
you will need to contact Zane.
Special deals on offer....
Vetters, a top guide from the Southland region is offering a
special deal for the Easter period.
Loft in Christchurch has a great deal going on Simms waders
and high powered LED lights that are great for handsfree usage.
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