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Did you know that it’s quite possible to fly fish for trout in New Zealand throughout the year? While the northern hemisphere basks in summer it is a little cooler down here in New Zealand, but certainly not unpleasant. And you can be assured that a frosty morning will usually unfold into a crisp clear […] The post Winter Fishing in the Central North Island appeared first on New Zealand Fishing...
Did you know that it’s quite possible to fly fish for trout in New Zealand throughout the year?
While the northern hemisphere basks in summer it is a little cooler down here in New Zealand, but certainly not unpleasant. And you can be assured that a frosty morning will usually unfold into a crisp clear day with little wind and a blue sky. There are also way less fishermen around on the rivers, but the locals know it’s a good time to be fishing.
Options include some excellent lake fishing and plenty of river and stream fishing. The area is blessed with lakes with the largest, Lake Taupo, open all year. Charter boats (and guides) offer an easy entry to the lake or you can fish the small streams and river mouths that run in to the lake. These are a great place to catch rainbow trout as they enter the rivers to spawn. The Tongariro River mouth is a favourite for this, with a large area to work in, either by boat or off the shore.
Tongariro Lodge is right where the action is and is famous for its trout fishing. They say, “Lake Taupo is one of the most productive trout fisheries in the world. May to October is the prime time to target the large adult rainbows averaging 2 – 4 kgs (4 – 8 lbs) running up Lake Taupo’s tributaries to spawn. The days are crisp and temperatures average 12 C (55 F), and it is often possible to fish wearing only light winter clothing in mid winter.
“The main method is upstream nymphing and truly magnificent sport can be had targeting these bright silver, hard fighting fish; they cartwheel, jump and run just like a steelhead! Truly exceptional numbers and size of fish can be taken during these months.”
Poronui is just 40 minutes from the lake and, although they down-scale their fishing a little over winter, it is still possible to enjoy some good winter fishing from there as well. The back-country rivers are closed over winter but you’ll get an enjoyable day out on Lake Taupo throughout winter. And come September the pace begins to pick up – although the headwaters of the backcountry rivers are still closed the fishing in the mid and lower reaches are open and provide some excellent early season fishing. While predominantly nymph fishing the occasional trout will rise to the dry. Poronui also offers excellent horse-riding, mountain biking and hiking in the cooler months.
Take a look here to learn more about the local fishing conditions and regulations.
There are also lots of other activities to bring you to the Taupo area through winter. The Tongariro National Trout Centre gives an interesting interpretative experience, especially for those wanting to know more about the trout in the region. It’s a great spot for a family visit as well.
Mt Ruapehu in the nearby Tongariro National Park has excellent skiing from July through to September and is one of the few ski areas in the North Island with reliable, ski-able snow throughout winter. There are also some very beautiful low altitude hikes (the higher altitude hiking is under snow through winter) and mountain biking is very popular with some easy and challenging tracks in the region.
Email us here if you want to know more about this fabulous outdoor and winter trout fishing area.
We last visited Owen River Lodge in April, as the leaves on the trees were starting to wear their autumn colours and the days were cooling. It’s a good time to go to Owen River Lodge, with less people around and a relaxed feel as the end of the fishing season looms. October is also […] The post Owen River Lodge in October and April appeared first on New Zealand Fishing...
We last visited Owen River Lodge in April, as the leaves on the trees were starting to wear their autumn colours and the days were cooling. It’s a good time to go to Owen River Lodge, with less people around and a relaxed feel as the end of the fishing season looms.
October is also a great time to visit. It’s the first month of the New Zealand fly fishing season in the South Island so the fish are innocently unaware of being fished – to a degree. And although Owen River Lodge is a small boutique lodge with just 6 cottage suites, it is very busy throughout the summer, so these shoulder months offer an excellent time to stay and fish. The lodge has a great team of local guides, including one of New Zealand’s few professional female guides.
Owen River Lodge is just 90 minutes’ drive south of Nelson city, near Murchison, in the greater area known as the Top of the South (Island). The Murchison region offers fabulous fishing for brown trout in unbelievably beautiful surroundings. With around 2 metres (80 inches) of rain a year there’s an extraordinary number of rivers (approx 30) to fish in. Most are reachable by 4WD, with another 12 or so within reach by helicopter.
The clarity of the water (crystal most days) means that sighted fishing is the norm, so bring your landscape-friendly outdoor gear – quiet greens and browns – so you’re not so visible from a fishy point of view. This visibility also makes your technique very important – stealth and presentation are the key. These fish are wild and wily, averaging 1 – 2 kgs (3 – 5 pounds) and you’ll generally hook 3 – 4 well-earned fish a day. Fishing is catch and release.
Owen River Lodge has won, or been nominated for, several big awards in the last few years, recognising the huge effort owner, Felix Borenstein, has made to get where they are today. It is now one of the most sought-after fishing stays in New Zealand.
In addition to the great fishing, nice touches include
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Owen River Lodge offers a Stay for 5 Pay for 4 night deal throughout October.
And there’s a 6 night-5 day women-only fishing retreat coming up in April 2020.
Huka Lodge is one of New Zealand’s most desirable fly fishing destinations. But rather than a remote stay, Huka Lodge offers a high end experience right beside the beautiful Waikato River and is just a few minutes drive off the North Island’s main arterial route. Accommodation, hospitality and cuisine at Huka Lodge are all superb. […] The post Fly Fishing Tournament at Huka Lodge appeared first on New Zealand Fishing...
Huka Lodge is one of New Zealand’s most desirable fly fishing destinations. But rather than a remote stay, Huka Lodge offers a high end experience right beside the beautiful Waikato River and is just a few minutes drive off the North Island’s main arterial route. Accommodation, hospitality and cuisine at Huka Lodge are all superb.
In celebration of this rich heritage the lodge is hosting the Huka Lodge Fly Fishing Tournament from 29 August to 1 September 2019. This event offers an exciting three-day angling event. It is available to a maximum of 50 guests and will be action-packed, both on and off the water. The fly fishing for trout in this region is legendary and Huka Lodge has been central to this for the last 90 years.
Anglers will be provided with a team of experienced and knowledgeable local guides throughout the tournament to ensure fantastic fishing in over 25 of the best spots. Individual casting lessons will also be included for those who would like to brush up on their technique.
Celebrity chef, restaurateur, author, and dedicated fisherman, Al Brown will join the tournament, and will host the Celebrity Dinner at the end. There’s a fabulous tournament prize offering worth over $NZ 13,000.00. Other events include a Champagne Station, a rare whiskey tasting, and a ‘Tour de France Dinner of Wine’.
A 3-night stay in a Junior Lodge Suite on a double/twin occupancy basis, including all Tournament activities, vehicle transfers for fishing, guides, fishing licences, full breakfasts, pre-dinner drinks and canapés, 5-course dinners, use of all Lodge facilities and return Taupo Airport transfers is $NZ 1,410.00 per person, per night, twin share. Single occupancy rates in a Junior Lodge Suite, as well as rates for the Owner’s Cottage & Alan Pye Cottage (good for groups of friends) are available on request.
One of the delights of winter is the blissful sharing of really good food and wine with friends, especially around a toasty wood fire. This is also one of the highlights of time spent at Poronui in the colder months. Life is not all about fishing at this time of year as the cool evenings […] The post All the good things about Poronui in winter appeared first on New Zealand Fishing...
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Poronui is a hugely popular wilderness stay in the central North Island. Well-known for its world-class fly fishing, it offers a different range of experiences through winter.
During the cooler months food is a highlight at Poronui, but there are plenty of other ways to fill your time there as well. Horse-trekking, hiking, mountain biking and cooking classes are popular, as are relaxing spa treatments, time in the gym or sauna, and checking out the local area on a variety of day trips.
(C) Sue Farley Travel Gallery
Have you thought of coming to New Zealand to fish in the shoulder season of May, June and July? There is always a rush of people in to the country to fish through the summer. So the lodges are often full, guides are in high demand and high season pricing applies. But once the […] The post Fly fishing in May, June & July in New Zealand appeared first on New Zealand Fishing...
Have you thought of coming to New Zealand to fish in the shoulder season of May, June and July? There is always a rush of people in to the country to fish through the summer. So the lodges are often full, guides are in high demand and high season pricing applies.
But once the main season ends on 30 April the whole scene quietens down. This is an excellent time to come and fish in the central North Island. The lakes and lower tributaries of the big fishing rivers stay open throughout this time. You’re far more likely to get the dates that really suit, the guides are easier to book, and shoulder season rates apply in many of the accommodations.
Realistically you could leave Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane on a Friday morning. Arrive in to Auckland and catch the early or late afternoon flight from Auckland down to Taupo to be at your chosen lodge for dinner. Be ready next morning for two or three days of full-on fly fishing for trout, then fly out again Monday or Tuesday.
Through May and June the best fly fishing is using nymphs on the lower reaches of the backcountry rivers. The main spawning runs on the Lake Taupo rivers run during these months, and right through to November. Rainbow trout can be caught right through these winter months, with brown trout in May as well. Raft fishing is also a good option in the earlier part of this time and fly fishing on the lakes remains open all year. The only real difference between fishing in the shoulder season (early winter) and through the main season is that the higher tributaries of the rivers are closed, so heli-fishing isn’t really an option.
There is an excellent range of accommodation available throughout this area, from small family-run B&Bs through to some of the best lodges in the country. We bring many people to Poronui, Tongariro Lodge, Wildwood Lodge and River Birches for a quality stay, while family-run Tui Lodge offers an inexpensive B&B stay. Other higher end options include Treetops Lodge and Huka Lodge. We’ll find the best fishing stay for your group – whether it is just yourself or a gathering of 12.
Find out more – email us here.
(C) Travel Gallery 2019
This is such a good news story – to hear that Etihad (UAE-based airline out of Abu Dhabi) has flown their first commercial flight powered by locally produced sustainable fuel is beyond exciting. Suddenly we can see a future without fossil fuels. The bio-fuel used on this flight was derived from salicornia plants grown […] The post Etihad Makes the First Commercial Flight Using Locally Produced Sustainable Fuel appeared first on New Zealand Fishing...
This is such a good news story – to hear that Etihad (UAE-based airline out of Abu Dhabi) has flown their first commercial flight powered by locally produced sustainable fuel is beyond exciting.
Suddenly we can see a future without fossil fuels. The bio-fuel used on this flight was derived from salicornia plants grown locally on a test farm in the desert. These plants grow naturally in saltwater marshes and on the coast, but are also being grown in a purpose-built facility combining saltwater food production – think shrimps and fish – with bio-fuel production. Saltwater is pumped from the ocean and used to farm fish in large tanks. The waste water from there is pumped into larger areas where saltwater plants are grown and the bio-mass from these is used to create bio-fuel. The wastewater from there is then pumped into a mangrove wetland where, once again, the bio-mass is used to create bio-fuel. And, as we know, mangroves are great water purifiers so the final output would be clean water.
The article also explains that over 160,000 flights have already been flown on a mix of fossil and bio fuels. And it also mentions Air New Zealand’s test flight using plant-based fuel back in 2008 when these initiatives were very new.
Watch this space as technologies advance. With so much riding on the reduction in carbon emissions in the next 20 years are we looking at a definitive step forward in that?
(C) Sue Farley 2019
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