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What We Catch
The different fish species you can catch with us:
Big Rainbow and Brown trout, Sea run Trout, Salmon, land locked Salmon. Kahawai and Giant Eels.
The rainbow trout are mostly found in the North Island (Turangi being the capital ,and located on the mighty Tongariro River), can also be found in few rivers and lakes in the South Island where the Brown Trout is the main targeted fish.
We are having some great fishing spots for Salmon as well as sea run trout following the whitebait into the rivers mouth. Few lakes are famous for their landlocked salmon. Saltwater fishing for Kawahai is good sport as it is a strong, powerful and caning fish.
While rainbow trout averages 2 to 7 pounds, Brown can regularly be caught weighing 2 to 8 pounds. Sea run trout up to 10 pounds can also be caught on flies and our salmon grows up to 20 pounds and plus. Though this is average weight bigger fish can be caught on the right spots.
It is down here in the South Island of New Zealand our main fishing activity.
We first prefer to spot the fish and then try to catch it using the right position , choosing the right pattern, and this can be dry flies or nymphs, making the best cast that will tempt this big fish. It is not unusual to sight up to 20 fish a day from 2 to 9 pounds.Encounters with 10 pounders are not exceptional. Though you might see a lot of fish our focus is more on size and nice fish in good condition than quantity.
Blind cast is also practiced and most rivers will accommodate this way of fishing.
But fishing Gin clear water makes spotting much more exciting. And if numbers are not as important as other countries the size, the shape and the colors of our Brown trout is well beyond imagination. However there is always the down side of a situation and fishing such waters requires, technical, patience, and discipline. A guided fishing trip is certainly the best way to make your dreams reality.
Salmon and kawahai are best fished with spin gear, though fly fishing and catching these two species produces some amazing memories. You can fish with spinning equipment all year round but as parts of rivers are for the most of them closed during winter you will need to check with local regulations.
Finally some waters are only open to certain methods of fishing( fly fishing only)
Very efficient when covering a lot of water is required it is a sure way to catch Kawahai and giant eels.(eeling is catch and release only). Again make sure you check the rules at a local level as it varies from a region to another one.
We encourage Catch & Release to preserve fish stocks. Let's fish for future generations.
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Spin and Fly Fish in the New Zealand Wilderness. Your Fishing Guide to Rainbow and Brown trout, Sea run Trout, Salmon, and Kahawai