Fly fishing news and information

Hawkes Bay has a great diversity of trout fishing locations with extensive river fishing opportunities making it a popular fly fishing destination.

Fly fishing is a fun and engaging family activity
Fly fishing is a delightful family activity

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…

Fly fishing for trout in idyllic Hawkes Bay
Fly fishing for trout in idyllic Hawkes Bay

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…

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

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…

Top trout fishing flies for Hawkes Bay
Trout fishing flies for Hawkes Bay waters

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…

Ruakituri River fly fishing for trout with River Fishing NZ
About trout fly fishing the Ruakituri River

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…

John and McKinzie with Tukituki River rainbow trout
About trout fly fishing the Tukituki River

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…

Learn fly casting with Tony Hildesheim

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…

2020/2021 North Island Sports Fishing Regulations
North Island Sports Fishing Regulations 2020/21

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…

About trout fly fishing the Rangitaiki River
About trout fly fishing the Rangitaiki River

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…

Trout fly fishing at Lake Waikaremoana Hawkes Bay NZ
About trout fishing at Lake Waikaremoana

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….

Lorenzo Pesola fly fishing a small Hawkes Bay stream
About trout fly fishing the Ngaruroro River

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…

ly fishing Mohaka River NZ
About trout fly fishing the Mohaka River

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…

Catherine from USA fishing the upper Tutaekuri River NZ
About trout fly fishing the Tutaekuri River

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…

Trout fishing glossary
Essential New Zealand trout fishing terms

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…

Chasing trout in Hawkes Bay with River Fishing NZ
Chasing Trout with guide Tony Hildesheim

Videographer and keen angler Simon Mead’s epic 2017 adventure ‘Chasing trout in Hawkes Bay’ with expert local fly fishing guide Tony Hildesheim. Great trip, great trout, great memories.

View of Lake Tutira, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand.
About trout fly fishing at Lake Tutira

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…

Hawkes Bay river levels and flows
Hawkes Bay river levels and flows

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…

Ruakituri River brown trout.
About New Zealand brown trout

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…

Analysing the situation
Analysing the fly fishing situation

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…


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