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