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New Zealand backcountry fly fishing

We’re blessed in Taupo with amazing wilderness fly fishing in many directions.

To the east is the Mohaka and other smaller rivers, south is the Rangitikei and its neighbours, south-west is the Whanganui and other alpine rivers and streams, while west are streams and rivers flowing into the Western Bays of Lake Taupo.

You need to be fit and able to walk up rivers, and confident presenting a fly to a large wild trout that could be easily spooked, but the memory of hooking and landing a trout like this will never leave you.

River raft fly fishing trips

The Mohaka and Tongariro rivers in the central North Island of New Zealand offer a unique fly fishing experience.

Unlike the US, we don’t fish from moving rafts but use them to get from pool to pool in remote parts of a river. This type of fly fishing is best done in summer, and due to the raft cost, is often popular with small groups of angling friends who share the experience and the expense.

The fun of rafting is, of course, amplified when you hook into some beautiful trout during the day as well.

Dryfly and sighted fly fishing

For many, spotting wild trout and then casting a dryfly and seeing a trout move and take it is the ultimate buzz.  Whilst New Zealand does not have the scale of dryfly hatches as the US and Europe, we do have a range of exciting sighted flyfishing on small streams, larger rivers and stillwaters. 

Early summer sees mayfly and caddis hatches on many rivers and streams, as well as green beetles on the lake.  Mid to late summer can offer incredibly exciting fly fishing using large cicada dryflies on the Tongariro River in Turangi where big brown trout come and attack the dryfly only ten feet in front of you.

Helicopter fly fishing

The central North Island of New Zealand has a number of remote wilderness fly fishing locations with pristine water and unforgettable Brown and Rainbow Trout.

The fishing can be challenging and involve walking upriver between pools, but if you are an accomplished angler and up for it, the reward can be a fish of your dreams. This type of fishing is subject to availability of choppers and weather conditions.

Winter fly fishing

We love fly fishing the local Turangi and Taupo rivers in winter as the action can be fast and furious and there are many options close to both Taupo and Turangi so plenty of accommodation is available.

The world-famous Tongariro River has big brown trout beginning their spawning runs in late summer, and rainbow trout running right into November.

The Waitahanui is famous for monster brown trout that are hard to land, while the Tauranga-Taupo, Hinemaia, Waimarino and Waiotaka each offer unique fishing. Fly fishing in winter offers excitement and trout in great condition.

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We can customise any trip according to your personal preferences and experience. The New Zealand Fly Fishing Company provide all the gear, food and drink, and collect and return you to Taupo or Turangi.

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