Frequently Asked Questions

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.
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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 organize 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.
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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.
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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.
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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, seasonal fruits and any baking that my lovely girlfriend may have packed as a surprise, 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.
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Will I need my own transport?

When booking any fishing experience with me I will ask you a few questions and one will be, where can I pick you up? Or where are you staying? I will pick you up from your motel, hotel, caravan, landmark, airport, … wherever, and will drop you back after we have finished our day out. I have a great 4wd that is very comfortable and you will travel up river banks, across creeks and on the highway in style.
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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. See Location for a map of the region. If you are coming to New Zealand with fishing and only fishing in mind and want my expertise for a few days I will be happy to come and get you from whichever airport you happen to fly into. At the end of your fishing adventure I will then take you back to the airport. In the past, this has worked quite well as it gives you the option not to hire a car while in New Zealand and concentrate on fishing and not trying to get to Taupo or find rivers you may want to fish. That’s what guides are for so just book and turn up, we have the rest sorted for you.
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What is the best time of day to fly fish in taupo?

There are many theories of when and what time of day to fish for trout and it very much depends on one’s past successes as to when one personally prefers to fish. My recommendation to all my clients is to start as early as possible and get on the water before the sun breaks through. I base this on records that i keep of all my guiding days and have found that 70% of trout caught by my clients are before 10am. It also gives my clients a great chance to get through a pool that has been untouched by any other anglers. Dawn really is a special time of day and I will always try and get out with my clients and experience that special first hour of light.
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What other fish are in Lake Taupo?

Many people believe that there are many kinds of fish in Lake Taupo because it is such an extensive piece of water but the aquatic fish life really is quite limited. Rainbow and Brown trout are the dominant fish in the lake and thrive with the pristine water conditions and perfect spawning streams. Smelt, a small introduced fish that lives and breeds in Lake Taupo, make up 90% of a trout’s food source. There is also a small native fish called a Cockerbully that lives in the lake that trout also love to hunt. These fish are what make our trout so big and strong and provide us with flesh quality second to none.
Lake Taupo has also seen the introduction of cat fish which is a problem for the ecosystem and do pose a threat to our trout if we do not control their numbers. The Department of Conversation is actively trying to monitor the numbers of these pests and make sure that they don’t affect the wild trout fishery. So far the feed back is positive and they don’t seem to be thriving.
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