The fishing season here opens on the 1st of October and runs
through until the end of April with the exception of the high country
which opens on the first Saturday of November. There are also some
selected waters which are open to fish between May and September - contact us for
further information on winter fishing options.
The start of the fishing season. Exceptional nymph fishing
Weather starting to warm. Good nymphing still to be had with some
dry fly fishing.
Summer is here with warm weather. Excellent dry fly fishing.
Weather starting to cool again. Fish are in prime condition. A
combination of dry fly and nymph fishing.
Aoraki Fly Fishing guiding fees are NZ$575 per
day for 1or 2 anglers.
Guiding fees cover - Road transport from accommodation to fishing
sites, Fishing licenses, Fishing gear if required, Lite lunch and
refreshments plus your guides friendly advice and services.
- Rod and
Line combinations are generally best in the 5 - 7 weight range, in
lengths of 9' with a floating line.
leaders are recommended, usually 12 - 16 feet with a tippet size of 5x.
fishing glasses are a must as is a wide brimmed hat, rain gear and sun
or dull coloured clothing is best so you blend in with the natural
are not necessary over the summer months ( Dec - March ) unless the
weather turns cold. If you choose to bring waders with you the light
weight breathable Gor-Tex type are best.
- Most New
Zealand anglers over the summer months prefer to wet wade wearing
shorts, polypropylene leggings ( long-johns ), warm socks and felt
soled wading boots.
Some common fly patterns to use in the central south island
Flies - Black knat, Royal Wullf, Adams, Loves Lure, Elk Hair
Caddis, Green Beetle plus a selection of emerger patterns all in sizes
10 -16. Cicada patterns can work well during the summer months, these
should be in the larger sizes of 8 - 10.
- Hare and Copper, Hares Ear, Pheasant Tail, Green Caddis plus Green
and Brown Stoneflies - all in sizes 10 - 16. A good selection of nymphs
in various weights should be carried in order to get them down to the
bottom of our fast flowing rivers and streams. Bead head nymphs have
also become very popular with New Zealand anglers over the last few