Fly Fishing In New Zealand
Frequently Asked Questions
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Will You Teach Me How To Find The Fish?
What Should I Wear?
What’s The Best Equipment For Fly Fishing In New Zealand?
When I leave a camp, be it from a day-trip or overnighter, I always aim to leave just our footprints behind. Keeping NZ ‘clean and green’ is something I’m committed to. Its good to respect the back country environment and wildlife…some of the flora and fauna here are delicate – and they are part of what makes it such a vibrant yet especially tranquil place.
Do You Have Biting Insects Or Other “Wildlife”?
New Zealand is fortunate to have no dangerous animals such as snakes and only two mildly poisonous spiders – the domestic ‘whitetail’ (usually found in curtains, will give you a small swelling) or the Katipo (I personally have never seen one). Apart from the sandfly, about the most noxious pest you are likely to run into is the odd Australian tourist spouting off about the rugby and cricket! New Zealand is a very safe and healthy place but I do suggest drinking bottled water unless advised it is cleared to drink from the wild. Please make sure you tell me if you have a medical condition….I’d rather know now, than when we are 200 kilometres from the nearest town!
Does It Take Long To Get There?
Much of our fishing is accessed by 4-wheel drive vehicle. Overnight stays are commonplace for many, eliminating the need for daily travel to-and-from the river. Tents or cabins are the most common sleeping arrangement. Of course there are hotels and lodges…but these are not always near the river!! The cabin pictures below are typical of the Canterbury region. Talk to me about any accommodation requirements or preferences that you may have. Helicopter adventures can further optimise your experience if you have the money to invest.
Do You Also Offer A little Hunting?
How Do We Find The Fish?
I know anglers that have visited NZ for many seasons that will walk past fish because they just can’t see them! It takes time and practice to read our rivers – 99% of visiting anglers will spook many fish and never know it. The fish are big…but they are found in different habitats over the river. It is not uncommon to walk 500-600 yards/metres between fish. There will not be a fish in between!!! I see anglers who don’t understand this waste valuable time and effort thrashing water that I can ‘see’ has no fish in it. As a rule, you will not find multiple fish in a pool or run…there will be one big fish, maybe two if you are very lucky. We then walk upstream to the next fish, which we ‘spot’. This is why it is not uncommon to walk 5 miles in a day (8 kilometres) or more.