Introducing Taupo & Turangi Fly Fishing Guide Craig Farrar
"Hi I'm Craig. I was first introduced to fly fishing at around the age of 10 and have been an avid fly fisherman ever since. I am also a keen fly tyer having learned the basics of tying flies at a young age and more recently had my fly patterns included in the publication New Zealands best trout flies.
My experience trout fishing in the Central North Island spans over 20 years giving me great knowledge of the area. The Central North Island is a fly fishing paradise and offers a wide range of trout fishing opportunities.
To help improve my own fishing ability and knowledge In recent years I have competed in competition fly fishing.
This is a great way to learn new techniques and patterns from many of New Zealand and the worlds best anglers. I qualified for the New Zealand fly fishing team in 2006 and 2008. A best result with the team was in 2008 finishing 2nd in the World Fly fishing champs. My individual placing was 21st overall. Having had a 1st place and 2nd placing in river session my lack of experience in lake fishing cost me a top placing.
At a National level I have had best results of 2nd place in the 2006 National fly fishing champs and 2nd place in the 2007 National pairs Fly fishing champs.
As a guide I love sharing the New Zealand outdoors. The friendships that are made and of course the enjoyment people get when they experience superb trout fishing in New Zealand. As a Member of the New Zealand Professional fishing guides association you can be assured of a quality fishing experience.
I look forward to showing you some of New Zealand's best fly fishing."
Trout Fishing Techniques Guided;
River nymph fishing - There are great opportunities for trout fishing with nymphs all year round. Summer provides the opportunity to trout fish back country streams and rivers for resident fish. In Winter nymphing to large spawning trout in very good condition in the Taupo area is something I have and many others come back for every year.
River dry fly - Trout fishing with dry flies is good from November through to April. The best months are Dec through March. The back country streams that are hard to find provide fabulous fishing with no competition for space and trout willing to take a fly.
Evening rise - November through April an evening rise occurs on both lakes and rivers when conditions are suitable.
Lake fishing - Good
fishing from November to April. Best months Dec-March. Dry Fly, Nymph and
Streamer Flies will be used depending on the Situation. A small boat is often
used to access the best locations.
Craig has been a member of the New Zealand Fly Fishing Team
P +64 7 376 8642
M +64 21 808 084