Fly fishing and New Zealand rivers have stirred the emotions of passionate anglers world wide, from the early years of Zane Grey's visits to cast a fly in the Tongariro River to present day. Whether you're a Kiwi born angler lucky enough to live here, an overseas angler visiting our shores for the first time or perhaps just reading this because you're considering a trip here to forfill part of your angling dreams, read on.
New Zealand rivers are all you could imagine and more. They run crystal clear through pristine native forests and towering sunlite gorges, they are inhabited by large wild, wary, brown and rainbow trout but most of all they are captivating.They draw you in, immerse you in their spell and seep into your soul, drawing you back time and time again.
Kia Ora and Welcome I'm Peter Wilton a fly fishing guide of twenty years, a passionate angler of twenty more but most of all an advocate for beautiful places, namely ' Wild Fish in Wild Rivers '
Welcome to my World.
Dawn arrives a little crisp in Taupo now as lake and riverside poplar and willow turn gold with the approach of another Autumn.The first of our bright lakerun rainbows have entered our rivers,its differnately one of my favourite seasons.Whether your passion for fly fishing finds you on a small river like the Waitahanui or Hinemaiaia or bigger water like the Tongariro, its a great time to be out on a Taupo river.
The spring fed waters of the Waitahanui have produced some beautiful browns over late summer.Without doubt they are challenging to catch but highly rewarding when a fish of six to eight pound comes to the net.You need an accurate, gentle cast to fool them.Early run rainbows in super condition and up to five pound were also there in march and april.The Hinemaiaia Stream a favourite for many years has also just recieved its first run of bright rainbows, the jack fish that enter early are often the pick of Taupo fish.Further up the lake the Tauranga-Taupo had an early run in march and will only get better as the season rolls on .September, october my favourite months here.The majestic Tongariro well some good browns showed up as usual february and march with some good specimens from the middle reaches but the bigger rainbow runs as usual will arrive late in this river from august through to october.
So prospects for the coming winter and spring look good and anglers will no doubt return to their favourite stretches of river. Angler participation was differnately up last year as the region produced some of its best fishing for years both in quality and numbers of fish .Myself well over the last nine years I have been fortunate to both guide but also work for the Department of Conservation who manage the fishery, my role here public relations and ranger duties out there on the water.So what ever role you may see me in while you're out on a Taupo river over winter, ' Tight lines to you all and may the fish be with you.' Peter. Click here to contact Taupo Fly Fishing Guide Peter Wilton for a days or part days fishing with one of Taupo's local fly fishing guides.
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