Top trout fishing flies for Hawkes Bay

Top trout fishing flies for Hawkes Bay waters

Tony 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. The general principles for fly selection are universal – consider: What food exists in the river? (aquatic insects) What time of the year is it? (are cicadas singing/hatched) What part of the river are you …

Ruakituri River fly fishing for trout with River Fishing NZ

About trout fly fishing the Ruakituri River

Tony 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

Tony 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

Tony 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

Tony 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

Tony 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

Tony 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

Tony 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

Tony 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 …

ly fishing Mohaka River NZ

About trout fly fishing the Mohaka River

Tony General

The Mohaka River originates in the Kaimanawa ranges and flows out to the sea between Napier and Wairoa. It is formed by the headwater tributaries, Oamaru, Kaipo and Taharua, and comprises endless kilometres of fishable water. The upper reaches of the Mohaka River provides a near perfect natural environment with high water quality and supports high populations of large brown …

Catherine from USA fishing the upper Tutaekuri River NZ

About trout fly fishing the Tutaekuri River

Tony General

The headwaters of the Tutaekuri River drain the Kaweka Range, the middle reaches cross the Heretaunga Plains through the outskirts of Taradale, the lower reaches enter the sea in conjunction with the Ngaruroro River just south of Napier. This medium size river supports a productive and exciting wild rainbow and brown trout fishery. The scenery is varied and pleasant with …

Trout fishing glossary

Essential New Zealand trout fishing terms

Tony General

If words like dropper, harling, hatch and tippet have you scratching your head, read on. 5-weight – the weight of a line according to the AFTMA rating system, measured by weighing the first 30 feet of any line. Backswirl – where the river flows back upstream at the edge of a strong current. Beadhead – a small, round, metal bead …