Fly fishing and New Zealand rivers have an international appeal, our crystal clear waters, 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 beautiful places. ' Wild Fish in Wild Rivers ' remains at 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 more sedately through hill country boarded by sheep farms and forest. All are unique in what they offer the visiting angler but most of all they are 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 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 of National Status to level 2 having come into effect on the 14th of May fly fishing in our rivers and lakes has now seen anglers return to their favourite pursuit. Our summer fishing in our back country and wilderness rivers prior to lockdown was for many as good as it gets even with the very low clear conditions.The trout both rainbows and browns had towards the end of the summer fishing season congregated in the fast oxygenated water and came regulary to a well presented nymph or dry fly. Now with the cooler months of May and June having arrived our lake edge poplar and willows have turned to gold signifying the arrivial of large silver browns that enter local rivers, the first of Taupo's spawning rainbows have followed from the lake.
Recently I spent an afternoon on one of our Taupo rivers relishing in the moment of spending some time outdoors again.The sound of her rappids, the sight of sunlight dancing off bush lined pools while mayflys hovered overhead was uplifting, there could be no better therapy after lockdown.The fish were obliging too with a couple of bright, early run rainbows sucking in the nymph. Several fish followed later from two upper river pools and judging by their weight and condition the signs are we could be in for one of those special seasons.The very best to all of you where ever you may be, take care, dust off your favourite fly rod and reel and I hope to see you out there on the water, ' Tight Lines ' 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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