NZ Rookies Part 1
The environment in this land of tales isn’t just only made for trout but also for flyfishermen. Thousands of clear streams and rivers appear from springs in the mountains, zigzagging the valleys, through the rainforest and into the deep blue sea. There are room for many of our kind and there are waters of different character. Some are more close to roads, for the lazy ones, and some are far remote, for those who wants to hike out into the wild. There seem to be trout in almost all of them. If you prefer sight fishing just like me, you will be guaranteed satisfaction. Even though it rains a lot in New Zealand, which sometimes makes the waters colored. There are also many sunny days when the water is clear, just as if it was coming out of a kitchen tap. That is when you have your chance to sneak up, and present a fly, for the brown trout of your life.
Yes, my personal favorite is the brown trout. Even though the rainbow is amazingly beautiful and a hard fighter. It is something with the mind of the brown which attract my hunting nerve more. The brown trout is also spread more widely across the south island. If you wish to travel through dramatic landscape and have the possibility to fish for big fish in clear waters. Then you should save your money for a trip to this place.
I don’t recommend to stay less than six weeks. Not if it is your first time. For most flyfishermen it takes a lot of time to adapt to the fishing down there. Of course you can fish the way you fish for trout at home, but my opinion is that clear water like these really invites to go sight fishing. But even though you have a lot of sight fishing experience from other places, it will probably take you some time to get going.
Most of all in the beginning, the problem is to actually see the fish. The bottom structure in the different rivers change depending on where you go. Stony in some places and sandy in other. In between you have mixed bottoms with waterplants as well. It takes some time to adjust your eyes so they can discover the trout in these different camouflaged environments.
If you don’t have much time, I say you better buy you some, by hiring a guide for a day or two. Just to get a kick in the right direction. And also, it is a hell of a flight from Sweden to New Zealand. It might take about one week before you have shaken the jet lag out of your head, and feel strong enough for tramping 10 kilometers on rocky riverbanks and through dense bushes.
If you wish to go to the south island of New Zealand, get a flight to Christchurch.
Many international flights only fly to Auckland, so book your tickets as soon as you have decided to go. Because if you arrive in Auckland, then you have a one day trip with train ahead of you before you can hop on the ferry, over to the south island. It is normally a little bit more expensive flying to Christchurch. But you will save the costs of train ticket, ferry ticket and accommodation for at least two nights. During traveling south.
This was part one of NZ Rookies!
The next part is here!