Fly fishing is a fun and engaging family activity

Fly fishing is a delightful family activity

Grumpy McMurdo General

Fly fishing is often thought of as a solitary, contemplative sport, but it can also be a wonderful and engaging activity that the whole family can enjoy together. With its emphasis on connecting with nature, learning new skills, and fostering meaningful relationships, fly fishing provides a unique and rewarding experience for family members of all ages. In this article, we …

Fly fishing for trout in idyllic Hawkes Bay

Fly fishing for trout in idyllic Hawkes Bay

Grumpy McMurdo General

Hawkes Bay, located on the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island, is a paradise for fly fishing enthusiasts. Renowned for its picturesque landscapes, temperate climate, and crystal-clear rivers and streams, this region offers a unique and unforgettable fly fishing experience. The pristine waters of Hawkes Bay are teeming with brown and rainbow trout, making it an ideal destination for …

A young Marcus Hildeshiem is seen here holding a nice trophy brown trout from the Tukituki River in Hawkes Bay New Zealand.

Holidays saw a surge in kids fishing

Grumpy McMurdo General

Fishing is a great activity for parents looking to do something different to entertain their children over the summer. We noticed a surge of interest in fishing during the school holidays, with parents and children making the most of the great summer weather to get out on the water following the season-opening last week. The new freshwater fishing season started …

Top trout fishing flies for Hawkes Bay

Trout fishing flies for Hawkes Bay waters

Grumpy McMurdo General

The essential trout flies listed here are our favourite flies and should provide an excellent base for trout fishing Hawkes Bay rivers, streams and lakes. Dry Flies Dry flies imitate flying aquatic or terrestrial insects that float on the water’s surface. Royal WulffPasses for a host of insects and catches many trout throughout the summer and autumn period Parachute AdamsA …

Ruakituri River fly fishing for trout with River Fishing NZ

About trout fly fishing the Ruakituri River

Grumpy McMurdo General

For overnight or multi-night guided trout fly fishing trips we highly recommend visiting the famous Ruakituri River in northern Hawkes Bay, New Zealand. Angling on the river is restricted to fly fishing only, with the use of spinners prohibited. The Ruakituri River is known by anglers far and wide as the home of some of the strongest, wildest trout in …

John and McKinzie with Tukituki River rainbow trout

About trout fly fishing the Tukituki River

Grumpy McMurdo General

The Tukituki River is the most frequently fished and accessible river in Hawkes Bay. The river originates in the Ruahine Range behind Waipukurau, flowing across Hawkes Bay for 80km, before entering the sea at Haumoana. Extensive areas of natural spawning and some very good spawning tributaries create a productive wild rainbow and brown trout fishery. The rainbow trout dominate the …

Learn fly casting with Tony Hildesheim

Grumpy McMurdo General

To increase success rates, being able to consistently cast a short to medium-length line and have the ability to mend your fly line to create the longest possible drag-free drift of your nymphs, will increase catch rates and your enjoyment of this wonderful sport of flyfishing. Learn to fly cast Lessons are suitable for anglers of all levels, from beginners …

New Zealand Sports Fishing Licence 2020/2021

Fishing licences for 2020/21 season available now

Grumpy McMurdo General

New Zealand sports fishing licences for the 2020/21 season are now available. The fishing season kicks off on October 1, 2020. The stunning photo by Jaymie Challis of a boy and his uncle fishing at Butchers Dam in Central Otago on this year’s licence was the winning entry in Fish & Game New Zealand’s inaugural photo competition. It is never …

2020/2021 North Island Sports Fishing Regulations

North Island Sports Fishing Regulations 2020/21

Grumpy McMurdo General

Fish and Game NZ have published the 2020/2021 North Island Sports Fishing Regulations, which are now available online, including sections covering Hawkes Bay south from the Mohaka River and northern Hawkes Bay falling under the Eastern section. EXTRACT FROM SPORTS FISHING REGULATIONS These regulations are set to ensure that: – fish populations are maintained and that the number of fish …

About trout fly fishing the Rangitaiki River

About trout fly fishing the Rangitaiki River

Grumpy McMurdo General

The upper Rangitaiki River is within the Kaiangaroa Forest and a Fletcher Challenge Forest access permit is required. The Otamatea and Dry Fly creeks can be accessed from Eastern Boundary Road and this also provides access to the upper river and Te Awa camping ground. The mid-river and Waihua and Mangamako Streams can be accessed from Galatea Road off SH …

Trout fly fishing at Lake Waikaremoana Hawkes Bay NZ

About trout fishing at Lake Waikaremoana

Grumpy McMurdo General

Waikaremoana is one of the most scenic and untouched places in New Zealand. This bush-lined lake in the Urewera National Park was created by a giant landslide 2000 years ago. The lake lies at an altitude of 580m and is 220m deep. A well-cut track follows the perimeter of the lake and Park Board huts in many of the arms …

Lorenzo Pesola fly fishing a small Hawkes Bay stream

About trout fly fishing the Ngaruroro River

Grumpy McMurdo General

The Ngaruroro River is located in the eastern North Island of New Zealand and runs southeast from the Kaweka Range then east before emptying into Hawke Bay ten kilometres south of Napier. For much of its length, the Ngaruroro River flows through native Kanuka or Beech forest before entering into Hawkes Bay’s rich and fertile Heretaunga Plains. This is a …