Main Menu
Advertisement
Affiliates
Advertisement
Newest Members
Gaborn73, Cypress Longhorn, mepemt, Striperopathy, TAMU13
106146 Registered Users
Top Posters
TexDawg 86643
hopalong 78748
Pilothawk 75384
JDavis7873® 67383
John175 ® 65467
FattyMcButterpants 60793
Derek 🐝 58686
Tritonman 57667
LoneStarSon® 53548
SkeeterRonnie 53057
facebook
Forum Stats
106146 Members
60 Forums
807557 Topics
10206738 Posts

Max Online: 36273 @ 01/23/13 02:34 PM
Topic Options
#12352309 - 07/21/17 06:48 PM New Zealand
LoneStarHusker Offline
Angler

Registered: 04/20/10
Posts: 402
Loc: Dallas
Has anyone ever done any fly fishing in New Zealand? I've always read that it is the place to go. My wife and I are going to spend two weeks there in December and I would like to get out and fish one day. Any recommendations? Most of our time will be on the south island. Thanks in advance!

Top
#12352452 - 07/21/17 08:16 PM Re: New Zealand [Re: LoneStarHusker]
MassAction Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 08/22/16
Posts: 88
I had a friend who went with Yellow Dog Adventures, it's pricey but they take really good care of you.

He had fun, but said it was VERY challenging. Don't go expecting to catch a lot of fish. The water is crystal clear and requires long and accurate casts. He practiced a lot and still said it wasn't enough - you would probably need to land your fly softly on a dinner plate at 45-50 feet...

It's on my bucket list, and even if the fishing is tough the scenery can't be beat. I'll be very interested to hear the details of your trip when you get back!

Top
#12352723 - 07/22/17 12:35 AM Re: New Zealand [Re: LoneStarHusker]
Texas9 Offline
Angler

Registered: 03/30/10
Posts: 251
The south island is one of the best trout destinations in the world. stealthy presentations are required no doubt..

The terrain and fishing is quite diverse.. What area are you staying in?

Top
#12353847 - 07/22/17 09:36 PM Re: New Zealand [Re: LoneStarHusker]
split cane rod Offline
Angler

Registered: 02/10/04
Posts: 474
Loc: Longview, TX
I fished with Bill Allison billstroutntrophy@gmail.com some time ago. I highly recommend him! My first fish in New Zealand was a 27" brown on a big dry fly.

The water IS gin clear, and the fish are eager to take a fly. As I said, it has been too many years since I was there, but I'm sure the fishing is still as good or possibly improved.

If you do choose Bill to be your guide, be sure he takes you to his special spring creek! There are rainbows in there with shoulders as wide as an axe head!!

I emailed Bill when I read your post, and as of this minute, I haven't heard back. I'll post again if he replies.

JR
_________________________
Split Cane Rod

Top
#12355820 - 07/24/17 01:14 PM Re: New Zealand [Re: LoneStarHusker]
bubbaque Online   content
Outdoorsman

Registered: 07/02/09
Posts: 248
Loc: texas/florida
I fished South Island near Tekapo north to Mount Cook, its a great fishery, no guide just pulled off and used Google earth. Remember seasons are reversed down there. Try to stay 2 weeks. I stayed at Tekapo Lodge great food, centered in middle of alot of streams, rivers and lakes Good luck
_________________________
Haulinbassguide.com Fish hard / live slow

Top
#12356139 - 07/24/17 04:48 PM Re: New Zealand [Re: LoneStarHusker]
LoneStarHusker Offline
Angler

Registered: 04/20/10
Posts: 402
Loc: Dallas
Thanks for the recommendations. We will be in New Zealand for 14 days, but I'll probably only fish 1 or 2 of those days. We're just working on planning the details of the trip now, so I have some flexibility to stay near where I need to be for the fishing days.

Top
#12356168 - 07/24/17 05:11 PM Re: New Zealand [Re: LoneStarHusker]
karpbuster Offline
TFF Guru

Registered: 09/14/09
Posts: 12187
Loc: Albuquerque, NM
Originally Posted By: LoneStarHusker
Has anyone ever done any fly fishing in New Zealand? I've always read that it is the place to go. My wife and I are going to spend two weeks there in December and I would like to get out and fish one day. Any recommendations? Most of our time will be on the south island. Thanks in advance!


I fished in the lake by Queenstown and fly fished the river coming into that lake. I had a guide, for fly's we didn't use insects mostly minnows flies the Guide said there are not any insects in New Zealand??? Well I didn't see any bugs. We caught Salmon and Brown trout on spoons or minnow type cranks (trolling) lures. We were there in October spring time. I should have spent more time researching a guide and locations, but that was one I could easily fish because we stayed in Queenstown.
_________________________

"Love is something more stern and splendid than mere kindness."

"All that we call human history--money, poverty, ambition, war, prostitution, classes, empires, slavery--[is] the long terrible story of man trying to find something other than God which will make him happy." — C.S. Lewis

C.S. Lewis

Top
#12357993 - 07/25/17 05:20 PM Re: New Zealand [Re: LoneStarHusker]
split cane rod Offline
Angler

Registered: 02/10/04
Posts: 474
Loc: Longview, TX
I did get a reply from Bill Allison. He retired from guiding a couple years ago. His place was near Greymouth on lake Brunner in the community of Moana. I fished the Arnold river and several of the tributaries that fed it.

If you've done any research, you've found that the 'Queen's Chain' law allows access to rivers and streams across private property. Knowing this, and asking permission, will get you into areas you'd normally pass by. Bill took me to a spring creek that had rainbow trout surfacing that looked like Orcas breaching! The only one I hooked broke me off right away in all the vegetation, and that shut down the whole spring from feeding.

I caught several nice rainbows downstream from there, but it was not much consolation!

JR
_________________________
Split Cane Rod

Top



© 1998-2017 OUTDOOR SITES NETWORK all rights reserved USA and Worldwide