Fly fishing and New Zealand rivers have an international appeal.Our crystal clear waters, their wilderness qualities and of course fish those large wild rainbows and browns that inhabit them draw anglers from around the world. Kia Ora, Welcome I'm Peter Wilton a fly fishing guide of twenty four years, a passionate angler of twenty more but most of all an advocate for wild beautiful places, namely ' Wild Fish in Wild Rivers ' This alone is the very heart of the New Zealand fly fishing experience. While travelling throughout our beautiful country it becomes obvious rivers dominate our landscape.Some carve their way through majestic gorges on their journey to the sea while others flow sedately through hill country boarded by sheep farms and forest. All are unique in the experience they offer the visiting angler but one thing unites them making them uniquely New Zealand, they are all captivating, immersing you in their spell, drawing you back time and time again. Welcome to my World.
Fly fishing in all our New Zealand rivers and lakes including the Taupo fishery came to a complete halt for a six week period, this of course due to the world wide spread of Corona Virus and our governments action of putting a State of National Emergency into place. However with the recent change in National Status to level one having now come into effect fly fishing has returned to our rivers and lakes seeing anglers return to their favourite pursuit in numbers. The Tongariro has seen some quality early season rainbows arrive in the river system with bright silver fish in superb condition signifying the start of our winter spawning runs. Other rivers in the Taupo Fishery the Hinemaiaia and Tauranga-Taupo have also fished very well with good numbers of quality rainbows returning to spawn.Both these rivers have recieved quite a bit of angler pressure particulary over the weekends.
Recently I spent an afternoon on one of our rivers relishing in the moment of spending some time outdoors again.The sound of river rappids, the sight of sunlight dancing off bush lined pools while fantails hovered overhead was uplifting, there could be no better therapy after seven weeks of lockdown.The fish were obliging too with a couple of bright early run rainbows coming to the nymph, several fish followed from two upper river pools, sunlight gleaming from their silver flanks as they jumped, seemingly suspended for a moment above the rivers flow.The very best to all of you where ever you may be, take care, dust off your favourite fly rod and reel and lets see you out there on the water, ' Tight Lines ' for a memorable winters season, Peter. Click here to contact Taupo Fly Fishing Guide Peter Wilton for a day or part days fishing with a local fly fishing guide.
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