Over New Zealand’s relatively small land mass there are a high number of options available for the keen angler. An impressive combination of diversity, stunning landscapes and high fish numbers – with high average sizes – reliably produces memorable experiences.
Both brown and rainbow trout are mostly the target species for fly fishing anglers. They thrive in pristine environments and are predominately made up of wild populations. Average size fish range from 3 – 4lb. Salmon can be targeted in parts of the South Island.
The season starts 1st October and, depending on what Fish & Game region you are in, the season ends either the end of April, May or June. When the season is closed over the winter period there are still bountiful opportunities for fly fishing.
Best time to go
New Zealand is blessed with having superb accessible fishing all year round. However, in particular, October is a great time as the fish haven’t seen an angler for some time. There are also superb sea-run trout opportunities as the prey on whitebait during this month.
The best dry fly fishing can be enjoyed in December to March. Late season fishing in April/May is appealing also as it is a prime time of year to target large brown trout and large cruising fish along the shoreline of lakes.
Fly fishing in the winter over the months May to September is also very productive, and popular with locals, in certain parts of the country where major spawning runs up occur up lake tributaries found in Taupo or Rotorua.