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Kia ora, & welcome I'm
PROFESSIONAL FISHING & HUNTING GUIDE.
Kia ora and welcome, my name is Andrew Christmas and I have the privilege of being a professional fly fishing guide in one of the most beautiful and highly regarded trout fishing regions in the world, Taupo, New Zealand. I am passionate about fly fishing and the New Zealand countryside and take great pleasure in sharing with visitors (and returning friends) the excitement and unique pleasures of fly fishing in these beautiful surroundings.
While fly fishing is our main business and our main love in life, I am really happy to be able to offer all my clients the opportunity to hunt Red deer in an exclusive and safe environment. The option to hunt can be part of a selected package with fishing and accommodation or it could be just a day hunt with the objective to put meat in the freezer.
So check out my fishing services, my deer hunting services and contact me to book your next New Zealand fly fishing and deer hunting adventure.
I CAN'T WAIT TO GET YOU OUT THERE
FLY FISHING PACKAGES
Beginner Fly Fishing Package
If you have ever wanted to try fly fishing then the beginner package is for you.
Andrew can cover all the basics to get you started in the art of fly fishing. Your classroom is, of course, a beautiful Taupo rivers and there will be opportunities to hook and land your first trout on the fly. Come for a half day, full day or multi day experience. You will learn heaps!
Expert beginner instruction - Pick up and drop off at your Taupo accommodation Quality fly fishing gear - Refreshments
* Prices subject to seasonal change and fishing conditions so I can provide you with the best fishing to meet your expectations.
* All deposits are non refundable and all cancellations must be paid for in full.
*Due to the nature of New Zealand’s terrain, sometimes Andrew cannot be reached by mobile phone. Please leave a message to book a trip.
Outstanding in his feild
I have fished with Andrew annually from 2015. That means a lot of time spent on the water and a time that has resulted in us becoming friends.
Andrew is outstanding in his field – his knowledge of waters both local and back country is second to none and he always goes the extra mile to get your fish. Every day’s fishing with Andrew has been memorable and I look forward to many more. In addition to fishing knowledge you need to have a guide that gives you confidence that you will be safe.
Andrew always delivers on this.
Barry Hawyes - UK
Do I need to be an experienced angler to go fly fishing?No experience in any field of fishing is needed to take part in a fly fishing experience. We cater from the novice beginner that wants to learn the fine at of fly fishing through to the experienced angler that just needs to be put onto hard fighting fish straight away. Over 80% of my clients have never cast a fly before and just want to experience something new in New Zealand’s great outdoors and hopefully find a new passion and past time that will keep them entertained for years to come.
Do you guide groups as well as individuals?Fly fishing is a past time that is enjoyed by many and is great to be enjoyed with your friends around to share the experience. We can cater from one person or a group. If you would like to have a very personal, informative and unique experience that will give you the knowledge, skills and confidence to tackle the rivers by yourself, we recommend that you either take a guide by yourself or with just one other person. If you are on a corporate or team building outing, or a group of you just wondered what it was like to flick a fly line into some of the world famous rivers of New Zealand that Zane Gray once traveled the world for, we will happily cater for larger groups. Just remember it will be a little more relaxed and more of an introduction to fly fishing than if you were to take a personal guided adventure.
How fit do I have to be to go fly fishing?There is no criteria or level of fitness for fly fishing. You just have to have an active mind and a willing to learn attitude to qualify for a memorable experience. We will cater for your physical needs and if you let me know your level of fitness prior to coming we can organise a day that best suits your fitness. There are many places in Taupo which offer great fishing without the need for long hard walks or deep dangerous river crossings to reach special locations. Of course, if you are the adventurous type with a hunger for the wild and have a high level of fitness we can certainly provide you with some awesome treks and great fishing. Just let me know what you would like to do and see prior to arrival and we will arrange something that you and your friends will enjoy.
What is the best time of year to go fly fishing in New Zealand?In Taupo we are blessed with a fantastic wild trout fishery which allows us to enjoy fantastic fishing all year round. Taupo is world famous for rivers such as the Tongariro and Waitahnui in which huge numbers of spawning trout pass through every winter in their quest to spawn in the upper pools. This offers some great winter sport from June through till the end of November and quite often extends much later depending on the fish and nature’s elements. These fish are all strong individuals that are fresh from Lake Taupo and are well known for hard fighting and great eating qualities. The summer months are welcomed by many anglers and from the 1st of October many streams and upper winter limits are opened up for anglers to explore. Summer months usually mean lower clearer fishing conditions and tactics have to be altered slightly to fool big wily fish from small streams. Dry fly fishing comes into action in these months and many rewarding and memorable days can be had enticing fish to accept your well presented imitation. On the other hand, of course, it can be frustrating watching beautiful trout turn down fly after fly but that’s fishing and that’s why we keep doing it. It does not matter when you decide to embark on a fishing experience with me, I will be able to give you a great fishing experience regardless of the time of year.
Do I need my own fishing equipment?You are more than welcome to bring your own personal fishing equipment although it is not necessary. I can supply you with great quality equipment tailored to your needs to fish in New Zealand. There are no extra costs to this it’s all part of the guide fee. If you have any special requests such as odd sized waders, like size 14 or something, just let me know before you arrive and I will arrange them for you. I completely understand the sense of security that ones own rod can bring and encourage to bring it along with you if it is the fish catcher of all time. Just be a bit careful traveling through customs with outdoor equipment and declare everything to bio security on your arrival in New Zealand. Waders are items of interest in the quest to stop the spread of aquatic pests.
If I am going fishing all day do I need to bring my own food and drink?Food and drink is a very important part of having a great day and is something I look forward to after fighting trout and wading across rivers. When you decide to book a full day with me trout fishing you will be supplied with morning tea, a delicious filling lunch and, of course, afternoon tea. Lunch will include things like salad rolls, cheese and crackers, smoked trout, energy bars, and seasonal fruit, all washed down with beer, wine, fruit juice or cool bottled water. Half day guided trips i will pack refreshments and some snacks to have at morning or afternoon tea time. If anybody has any special requests or dietary requirements let me know and I can arrange a special hamper for you.
I am flying into Auckland/Wellington how do i get to Taupo?Taupo is very easy to find when leaving any major airport and any street directory or road map will guide you to the huge blue blob in the middle of the North Island. Auckland is approx 3hrs drive and Wellington 5hrs drive. See Location for a map of the region. Taupo also has a domestic airport.
New Zealand Hunting Guide
Andrew also offers clients the opportunity to hunt free range, fair chase deer in a safe environment via his sister company NZ Hunting Guide. We cater for all levels of hunters looking for both meat and the ultimate trophy hunt.
Trips can be arranged in conjunction with a fishing experience or separately.
Based in Taupo, fishing the central North Island and beyond!
Auckland International airport 2.45hr drive, or .5hr flight to Taupo Airport or 50 minutes drive from Rotorua.