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What to Bring

New Zealand has for a long time been protected from major animal and plant diseases. So if you choose to bring in your own fishing gear, tramping (walking) and camping equipment including boots, shoes, and waders, there are restrictions that MAF (NZ Ministry of Agriculture and Forests) imposes.

Make sure that before leaving home all items are washed clean of dirt, mud, grass and stones. Use soapy water and a hard nylon brush.

Importing food is also illegal and any organic materials (including flies, feathers, wood) must be declared when entering the country. Failing to do so will result you having to pay hefty fines. Do not take any risk declare them.

Finally, New Zealand does not have snakes and just a couple of venimous spiders. These are very rarely encountered as their habitat is generally located away from fishing tracks.

The only annoying thing is the SANDLY. This insect can be a real pest but repellent bought locally will be helpful.

Fishing Clothes

Our weather is changing though summer sees stable and fine days most of the time. Our sun burns a lot so be aware that extra protection will be required.

A cap or hat is essential and shorts and shirts should have the option of zippable sleeves or legs. All ourdoor clothing will do the trick, as long as you stick to dull colors , like green, brown, kaki, camouflage.You will then increase your chances to catch more fish.

From October to April that are the hottest months in New Zealand most of local anglers are wearing short and wading boots. A pair of long johns can help you to keep warm as prolypropylene dries out in no time. We avoid waders as there are not practical for long walks. However during the cooler months a pair of gore-tex waders can be part of your packing .

Finally boots should have felt soles as these are best on slippery rocks.

Clothes

  • Polypropylene long johns and top (can be bought in NZ.)
  • Nylon shorts (or trousers)
  • Polypropylene socks (can be bought in NZ.)
  • Gaiters (Neoprene)
  • Brimmed Hat or cap
  • Polar fleece
  • Rain top (& trousers)
  • Walking and / or wadding shoes (ideally with felt soles)
  • Suitcase & hand luggage
  • T-shirts
  • Jacket
  • Trousers (Jeans)
  • Jumpers
  • Socks
  • Sweatshirts
  • Swim suit
  • Tracksuit
  • Underwear
  • Sand shoes
  • Sandals

Equipment

  • Sea Trout & Kahawai: AFTM 7-10 fly rod
  • Fishing line: floating & sinking WF./ DT.
  • Trout: AFTM 5-7 fly rod (8.6’ or longer)
  • Note: 3 or 4 piece rods are ideal for trekking / helicopter
  • Fishing line: floating WF./ DT. (dull colour)
  • Reels able to hold 50-100m (yards) of backing
  • Leaders 9-12’ with 6 lb. point and 4-6 lb. tippet
  • Fly boxes
  • Fly dry shake
  • Bite indicator material
  • Short spinning rod & reel (6-8 lb.)
  • Spinners
  • Fishing jacket
  • Landing net
  • Polaroid glasses
  • Light weight waders
  • Swiss knife or multi-tool (Leatherman)
Fly

Imitation/Fly Type Size Some Patterns

  • Mayfly Nymph 10-16 Hare & Copper, Hare's Ear, Pheasant Tail, Halfback
  • Mayfly Dry 10-16 Kakahi Queen, Twilight Beauty, Adams, Adams Parachute
  • Horn & Sandy Caddis Nymphs 12-16 Brown & Grey
  • Caddis Dry 10-14 Deer Hair Caddis etc.
  • Stone Fly Nymph 8-14 Green / Brown / Black
  • Attractor Patterns 8-14 Royal Wulff, Stimulator
  • Terrestrials 6-16 Cicada, Black Gnat, Humpy (Green / Yellow / Black), Hopper Patterns
  • Streamers 2-8 Grey Ghost, Hamills Killer, Fuzzy Wuzzy, Parson Glory
  • Wet Flies 12-16 Dads Favourite, March Brown, Grouse and Purple

Camping

We can generally supply everything in this regard, however some people like to bring personal equipment such as sleeping bags etc. Feel free to bring whatever you think you may need.

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