Hawkes Bay trout fishing guide Tony Hildesheim

About Tony Hildesheim, trout fishing guide

Fly fishing for trout with Tony Hildesheim will get your blood racing as you battle New Zealand’s famous and wily fighting trout in the picturesque Hawkes Bay backcountry.

Tony has been fly fishing for over 40 years, and has provided professional guided trout fishing services for over 16 years.

In addition to trout fishing, Tony is an experienced saltwater fishing skipper, guiding saltwater fly fishing trips, sports fishing charters and bonefishing trips. And when the fish aren’t biting he’s working in the fresh water department of our local Hunting & Fishing store in Napier. When he is not fishing or in the shop, he can be found at his home beside the sea in sunny Haumoana Hawke’s Bay.

My fly fishing obsession started back in the 70’s as a student at Lindisfarne College in Hastings We had Mr Tony Orman as our ‘Fly Fishing Club’ teacher — our favourite subject. Looking back and reading Tony Orman’s early trout fishing books makes me appreciate what a great era it was, with the introduction of nymph fishing and with Mr Orman at the forefront of its introduction.

My father, Bert is also a very keen trout fisherman. I still have many very fond memories of in my school days, him taking a friend and I up to the old Sandy Creek river mouth delta at the northern end of Lake Tutira, where 8 to 10 trout being hooked in a day were not uncommon.

With Hawkes Bay, New Zealand having so many excellent rivers and such nice undeveloped countryside, I see great potential to build-up the trout fly fishing side of my business. It gives me great pleasure to take customers to the most beautiful rivers in the world and for them to catch and release that wonderful game fish, the trout.

Trout fly fishing in Hawkes Bay with Tony Hildesheim

Hawkes Bay has a great diversity of fishing locations, with extensive river fishing opportunities which provide some spectacular headwater fishing as well as easily accessible lowland angling making it a popular destination.

Hawkes Bay has four main river systems, the Mohaka, Ngaruroro, Tutaekuri, Tukituki rivers and a number of highly-rated tributary streams, most of which can be explored on day trips from the Napier and Hastings city area by 4WD vehicle.

I will take you sight fishing on our local tributary streams and main rivers showing you how to use a three fly nymph fishing rig, the method uses two nymphs and a stimulator dry fly as an indicator and trout catcher.

Hawkes Bay has excellent trout fishing all year round, but our main fishing season is from 1st October to 30th June, This also includes other rivers in the North Island, particularly on the central plateau and the Ruakituri River in northern Hawkes Bay

I also offer guided fly fishing on the Tongariro River and Tauranga-Taupo River running into Lake Taupo. Day guiding or overnight in a very relaxing lodge riverside. Very good fishing all year round, particularly in the New Zealand winter months when trout are running up these rivers from Lake Taupo to spawn.

There are also two very good regional trout fishing lakes, one being Lake Waikaremoana in northern Hawkes Bay and the other Lake Tutira, 35 minutes drive from Napier produce some excellent trout.

Within a three hour drive from Napier to the central plateau and east coast regions, there is more excellent trout fishing waterways and comfortable lodges to explore with me as your guide.

Trout fly fishing on the Tukituki River Hawkes Bay NZ
Tukituki Rver valley, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand

Let us guide you on a trout fishing day trip or multi-day backcountry fishing adventure designed to suit your style, ability & time. Book or enquire about fly fishing in Hawkes Bay with Tony Hildesheim today.