North Island Fly Fishing Guides
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North Island Fly Fishing
The North Island of New Zealand is the home of legendary rivers like the Tongariro, a river that perhaps first put New Zealand on the map as a fishing destination. North Island fisheries comprise of both Rainbow and Brown Trout, and offer splendid variety of fishing opportunities to suit all..
North Island Fishing Regions;
A quick summary by region from the top down
While there are trout to be found generally the visiting angler should look further south for serious fishing options.
This region offers a range of fishing opportunities with many lake and river fisheries. Seven lakes are within one hour of Auckland City and are regularly stocked with trout, and wild trout are abundant in the Mangatawhiri and Mangatangi reservoirs. There is good trout fishing in the scenic Coromandel area.
Further south there are numerous spring-fed trout streams in the South Waikato, and many back country fisheries throughout the King Country. The hydro-lakes provide excellent lake fishing
The home of trout fishing in New Zealand? The central North Island offers an abundance of fishing opportunities year round, lakes rivers, back country, rainbow and brown trout. Winter run rainbows are a feature, as are the smelting lake fish
This region offer a lot of very good fishing in a variety of waters, something for everyone. The scenic Te Urewera National Park provides good fishing in the bush clad Lakes Waikaremoana and Waikareiti. Rivers within the park also provide good opportunities.
The Bay of Plenty has a large number of spectacular river fisheries to explore and lakes like Aniwhenua and Flaxy are good options. The Rotorua lakes are the treasures of the region. Lake Rotorua itself has one of the highest catch rates. The trophy lakes of Tarawera, Okataina and Rotoiti can produce fish in excess of 5 kg.
The region does have some of the North Island's best headwater fisheries and a variety of lowland streams, great back country fishing in some spectacular scenery and wildlife is regularly encountered in remote areas. The region has a great diversity of river fishing opportunities but few lakes.
Rivers in this region offer quality ‘sight fishing’ opportunities for large brown trout. Most of the trout fisheries have their source within the scenic Egmont or Tongariro National Parks.
Scenic wilderness fisheries set amongst magnificent native bush and rugged mountain scenery with rainbow and brown trout. This is a diverse region with many opportunities,