Trout Flies for New Zealand
Dry flies, nymphs, lures and streamer patterns for stream and lake fly fishing in New Zealand
There are many different trout flies that will work in New Zealand, but some do work better than others! Below are a selection of popular trout flies that account for many fish each season
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An extremely popular and versatile fly pattern used throughout NZ
The lower profile of the parachute is excellent and this fly is a great trout catcher.
Represents our common mayflies. I have caught so many trout with this fly that it's a must in my fly box. Ginger/brown hackle and tail, body is stripped peacock hurl.
I like to shape the body a little more cone shape than the one shown. If the standard Dads favourite isn't working try this one. If it doesn't work, you're in trouble!
Another alternative that very effective, the fish certainly like them!
When you see the a small pale light coloured mayfly hatch off the water this is the fly pattern to use
Used when fishing lake outlets in the evening when the caddis are moving.
An excellent fly pattern in the evening when you see the sedges fluttering about
A great summertime dry; rainbow tucker, and highly visible with it white wings
This fly is deadly when trout are on Cicada's - they'll literately charge, sometimes from a distance to hit them hard. Heart stopping stuff
Represents the common Blow Fly and is another excellent trout catcher
An excellent high country fly. Tied humpy style with a tinsel blue belly.
Such a good trout fly in all the different colours. A must when fishing the high country
The native green beetle arrives late Nov. This is a great dry fly when they are 'on the wing'
When you see the natural of this fly hatching you'll notice the yellow patch on the wing, so tie on a Kakahi Queen and enjoy!
The Royal Wulff is a killer during summer, rainbows just can't resist it. Hence it accounts for heaps of fish. A good indicator fly in larger sizes.
A great still water pattern, represents a snail, though could also be a drown Green Beetle. It catches fish regardless
Represents the green free swimming cadis nymph
Excellent nymph, catches fish everywhere. I like to tie on some light hackles to represent legs
When the Damsels are moving this is a useful pattern.
This large morsel provides a good feed for the hungry trout.
A top NZ pattern the Hare and copper catches fish throughout the country.
Another excellent nymph
Another excellent fish catcher
This nymph has accounted for some large fish. The natural brown stone fly can be quite abundant in back country streams and this is a good representation
This is great fun to fish, really challenging at times, it's a life like pattern and is deadly in the right hands!
A great preformer this one; sinks fast & catches fish
Has a growing following
A great fish catcher. I like them with the copper bead, a little less flashy
These neat little flies are great when depth is needed
Rubber leg flies are very effective and this is a good one.
Another useful pheasant pattern
Lures / Streamer or Wet Flies
This is a luminous pattern and is used when night fishing. Rainbows love them but if you're after browns then a standard night fly would be better
Another lumo pattern. The best way to charge these flies is to use a camera flash, then they'll glow for up to about 15 minutes
Great fish catchers, if you're after browns at night then these are as good as any. Use the larger sizes at night
In these parts the Grey Ghost is mainly used when chasing sea runners at the river mouths and is very effective!
The Mrs Simpson represent a cockabully, a small native fish. Trout love cockabullies so this is an excellent pattern
A excellent still water pattern. Is often taken as a damsel fly nymph