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 …

Waikaremoana backcountry New Zealand. Image by brena.nz

Fly fishing for trout in northern Hawkes Bay

Tony General

Lake Waikaremoana is surrounded by mature native bush and offers some of the best dry fly fishing in the North Island. Lake Waikaremoana Your heart is in your mouth as you try and control those twitches in your rod hand as the trout leisurely inspects your offering. Then finally it decides your fly is acceptable and swallows the untasty morsel. …

Backcountry North Island Fly Fishing (trailer)

Tony General

“The backcountry of New Zealand holds a special place in the heart of all Kiwis. ‘Going bush’ is a national past time, and Kiwi fly fishers like nothing better than the sun on their backpack, the cold touch of a mountain stream and the opportunity to sight fish giant trout in pristine settings.” — Gin-Clear Media Produced by Gin-Clear MediaDirected …

View of Lake Tutira, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand.

About trout fly fishing at Lake Tutira

Tony General

Hawkes Bay’s Lake Tutira is 200ha in total area and is stocked annually. It now holds Loch Leven brown trout and ‘r’ type rainbow trout. The adjoining Lake Waikopiro also holds fish. In the cooler months there is some very good shoreline fishing. In summer, the majority of fish are caught from a boat or float tube as fish tend …

Fly fishing for trout with cicada fly patterns

Fishing for trout with cicada fly patterns

Tony General

Perfect weather and low rivers were just the start to the new season we were all hoping for and we got just that. In fact, the river I was on was very low and slippery underfoot making my old worn wading boots feel like ice skates. Needless to say, I slept like a log that night after a 4am start. …

Hawkes Bay river levels and flows

Hawkes Bay river levels and flows

Tony General

The Hawkes Bay Regional Council provides a wonderful service for local trout fishermen. The council’s surface water network consists of automatic water level recording stations throughout Hawkes Bay, including all our top fly fishing rivers. The information presented is from our telemetered network of 30 surface water flow sites through the region. For the surface water sites, the information is gathered …

Ruakituri River brown trout.

About New Zealand brown trout

Tony General

Brown trout were imported from Europe in 1867 and is still considered an exotic fish by some. To spot a brown trout, look for a pale olive-brown, elongate trout with large, dark spots. Some orange or red spots can be found on the sides, and spots are often encircled with light yellow or white colouration. Most have some dark spots …

Analysing the situation

Analysing the fly fishing situation

Tony General

There is a lot of satisfaction to be gained from successfully analysing the fishing situation and working out the best technique and tackle to use. On the typical New Zealand river, you can encounter any sort of water and before starting, it is worthwhile to consider what is the most efficient way to fish a particular type of water. Considering …