Fly Fishing Shane Johnston
New Zealand, regarded as an anglers Eldorado trout & Salmon fishing is a way of life for most kiwis, having been spoilt with the introduction of Californian Rainbow trout, the wily German Brown trout & Chinook – King Salmon. As New Zealand gets recognised globally for the fresh green image with crystal clear mountain streams, it stirs in the mind of many anglers world wide to visit this small mountainous land in the South Pacific.
The South Island of New Zealand has an ever changing landscape with an abundance of waterways forming small spring creeks, freestone streams, snow fed rivers to lakes & tarns, all of which have the potential to produce trophy fish. Season Oct 1st – April 30th. Winter extensions in certain areas provide year round trout fishing opportunities. Salmon fishing with the use of our Jet boats, late Jan – April 30th, fly, spin casting & lake trolling.
Fly-fishing is sight fishing, using dry flies & nymphs casting upstream to your sighted fish, with the lakes also using streamers to sighted cruising fish.
The South Island rivers, creeks & streams have a self-sustaining wild fishery, there are not big numbers of trout but the trout can average 3 – 5 pounds with often-larger heavier fish being landed. Our tout are truly wild, meaning as soon as they detect human presence they are off the bite. Be prepared to walk as we cover the water to get onto the fish. The scenery is breath taking, not to forget how clear & visible the water & fish are, sight fishing & stalking!
Four Seasons Safaris New Zealand practices & promotes catch & release anglers wishing to keep a fish should inform the guide before setting out for the day’s fishing.
New Zealand Four Seasons Safaris supplies any necessary equipment. As anglers we get very particular about our equipment. If you choose to bring your own, following is some guidelines.
Fly fishing Fly rods the norm is 6 – 8 weight, may seem like an overkill, you ll appreciate the extra power when casting into our, sometimes, strong afternoon winds & when you hook into the big one in fast water. If you prefer to bring your lightweight 3 – 5 weight rods, do bring these.
Fly reel, as long as it runs free & has at least 50yds of backing plus fly line.
Fly lines, Avoid bringing bright & light colour lines. Most fishing is with a weight forward floating line in a dark earthy colour, difficult for the fish to see, more chance of angler s success.
Tapered cast, 9 – 16 foot ranging from 4 – 10 pound tip. Tippet, fluoro carbon sizing from 3 – 8 pound test.
Flies bring your favourites even ones you or your friends have tied up. Some favourable patterns, Royal Wulff #8-16, Parachute & Irresistible Adams #8-16, Dunn imitations #10-14, Humpy, yellow, green & black #10-16, Caddis, black & elk hair #10-18. Nymphs, hare & copper #10-16, pheasant tail #10-16, bead heads variety of size & colour, stonefly green, brown & black
#4-10. New Zealand patterns your guide will have, you may purchase some before you set out.
Polaroid glasses are a must, preferably in amber colour.
Clothing, Camouflage is best, brown/green & or neutral earthy colours khaki, beige, brimmed hat, sun block as the heat & burn time can be intense.
New Zealand can experience four seasons in a day, bring a windproof/waterproof jacket, stocking foot waders with felt sole boots & hiking boots, shorts & earthy polyprop longjohns.
New Zealand fishing can be challenging, with perseverance & patience your skill will be put to the test. The rewards are simply worth coming down under for – “Tight Lines”
Four Seasons Safaris Fishing Safaris
We are one of New Zealand’s premier professional guiding companies with a worldwide reputation for providing a totally unique and satisfying experience for our clients.
Based at the luxury resort of Terrace Downs, set in the foothills of the South Island’s Southern Alps, we are strategically placed to provide for our clients’ every whim. We are only an hour from Christchurch International Airport and within 10-minutes of some of the best trout and salmon fishing New Zealand have to offer. We are also on the doorstep of one of the world’s most renowned game Hunting Regions, the Southern Alps, where wild game species abound. For our clients we cater for both wild free range trophy hunting and excellent game ranch Hunting Safaris. Read More…
Four Seasons Safaris New Zealand is one of New Zealand’s most prominent trout and salmon adventure guiding Services. The South Island holds some of the last examples of true wilderness fishing in an environment unspoiled by man. A member of the New Zealand Professional Fishing Guides Association with professional and experienced guides, New Zealand 4 Seasons Safaris will take you on a wilderness fishing adventure with everlasting memories. Read More…
New Zealand, regarded as an anglers Eldorado trout & Salmon fishing is a way of life for most kiwis, having been spoilt with the introduction of Californian Rainbow trout, the wily German Brown trout & Chinook – King Salmon. As New Zealand gets recognised globally for the fresh green image with crystal clear mountain streams, it stirs in the mind of many anglers world wide to visit this small mountainous land in the South Pacific. Read More…
Offers you the chance to experience true wilderness fishing amidst some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. When you want big fish and plenty of them, this is the perfect option. You will travel into some of the most inaccessible corners of the South Island and in many cases you will have the chance to actually view those trophy fish from the air before landing to stalk them. When you step out of the chopper, you will find that the only footprints in the sand are yours and perhaps those of a passing deer. Read More…
Daily from Hunter Downs or direct from Christchurch – Travel in modern comfortable 4×4 to back country lakes, freestone streams, spring streams, glacial rivers and tributaries. Fishing can be within 1-hour from Christchurch International Airport. Fish for high country rainbow trout and wily brown trout with all fishing equipment/protective clothing, picnic lunches and refreshments. Be sure to bring your camera and you ll go home with a smile with some of New Zealand s great fishing experiences. Read More…