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I would like to share with you all of the experiences and knowledge I have gained on my fishing trips to New Zealand in the past few years. To be able to share something with another person is, to me, the most important basis for a successful trip. My experiences have taught me that a trip is only really worth it if you can share all of your knowledge, memories, feelings and - of course - the expenses for a trip with a like minded person, with friends or with your significant other.

You and I don´t know each other yet, unfortunately, but we still share something in common: the passion for our hobbies - fishing and traveling. As fly fishers, we love nature and the variety to be found in our sport. This is probably why we also feel the desire - possibly even the need - to feel a big one on the line as often as possible.

Tight Lines

Stephan Janischewski

Nature and fly fisher’s code for protection of nature

Protect our Future

Before I go into detail about the travel and fishing opportunities in New Zealand, I want to address a particular concern of mine with you and fulfill my responsibilities as an author and a fly fisher. I want to help protect the uniqueness of New Zealand’s nature and its ecosystem from carelessness.

You also have a responsibility to do this. You should keep this responsibility in mind every time you set foot in the flora and fauna of a foreign country and its waters.

I have formulated our mutual responsibility as the acceptance and implementation of the “Nature and fly fisher’s code for protection of nature.” Its purpose is to promote the preservation of life in nature, the fish and their environment, and to protect resource fish from exploitation. A contribution that we - as individuals and fly fisher’s - can make.

Nature is not protected in every country by strict regulations nor are occupational measures implemented to safeguard the existence of fish. This involves keeping nature and fish in balance with their immediate environment and developing and expanding the natural food reserves that are vital to us. The fish species occupies an important place in our food chain and has an impact on sustaining life for us.

We can already see the negative effects of our past behavior and it is unfortunately only a matter of time before the “balance of life” is completely out of balance.


Photo 2: It was very striking to me when I saw this two-foot long fish skeleton in the Karatau River.

Global over-fishing, climate change, environmental pollution, threats of fish diseases and the way we treat our fellow creatures have all contributed to great losses worldwide in the size of animal and fish populations and biodiversity.

Food reserves that are necessary for the preservation of life, such as feed fish in lakes, are no longer available from one season to the next for trout, due to external and sometimes unexplained circumstances. Well-known species, such as the powerful long-finned eel, are already threatened with extinction due to their low rate of reproduction and over-fishing.

What does our future look like?

In the future, more programs for nature conservation and protection of fish in fresh and salt water areas must be created. This will lead to the cost for using nature and the species of fish to reach new highs and will restrict us in our live. Fish from aquaculture will increasingly form a part of our diet and drive us to dependency on the fishing industry.......


Photo 3: Salmon is also farmed in New Zealand. This freshwater salmon farm is located in the Mackenzie District — on the South Island, also near the town of Twizel.

New Zealand — Your dream is coming true!

How do I make my New Zealand trip happen?

Many people you will encounter in New Zealand are looking for a challenge, an adventure and a change in their life. They hope to find once again that thing that they have lost somewhere along the way. This is exactly what you can find here as well, if you can open yourself up completely to nature and the people who live here.

I have been traveling to New Zealand for many years and I have spent a total of two years there altogether. Every time I talk about this, people are envious of my experiences. So that you can also be envied, I have decided to take you on a piggyback ride to my dream country.

You may are also be of the opinion that you have earned it - the right to spend your “dream vacation” in New Zealand.

What is holding you back?

The high cost of traveling there? The too-short vacation time? The flight that takes way too long? Your job that will not let you lose? Taking care of your family, etc., etc., etc.?

In life there are, of course, many reasons not to do something, but dreams are there for you to make them come true. I think you should have, at least once in your life, the opportunity to see New Zealand with no worries. I would like to support you in this. I will show you that you can take your New Zealand vacation without going broke, and you will not have to sacrifice every comfort during your trip.


Photo 8: On your trip, you will encounter many carvings by the Maori.

For readers who prefer more deluxe travel, I have written the chapter, “Exclusive and individual travel in New Zealand.”

When you consider that a trip for two weeks to the Caribbean can quickly total between $1800 and $2500, then you will be surprised at how very little money I have needed to spend in comparison in the last few years for my trips to New Zealand. There is plenty to experience, good food and drinks, fascinating nature, new friends to make and the opportunity - every day - to devote yourself to your favorite hobby, fishing and fly fishing. What I am trying to make clear to you is: you have already spent enough time dreaming of this and now you just need to get pointed in the right direction.

How do I get to New Zealand?

There are many airports you can depart from in the US to get to New Zealand. The main airports or hubs for this are New York, Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Chicago. There are feeder airlines offering service to these airports from all 50 states. There are three international airports in New Zealand: Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington. The duration of the flight to one of these cities is usually 10-16 hours of pure flight time.

It’s easy to forget the long flight time because the entertainment programs offered by many airlines are great, so that you and even your children don’t get bored during the long flight. In addition, the cabin crews are usually very friendly and service-oriented.

Doing a little exercise during the flight, and making sure you get a medical checkup and have any medications you need before you leave, means you can enjoy the trip there and the trip back safely. Get advice from your doctor about what you should watch out for during a longer flight.


Photo 9: By chance we ended up in Business class. Our train to the airport was delayed and we arrived 15 minutes before departure to the check-in counter for the flight. The plane was already full and we were given better seats.

Which airline should I choose?

Basically, I always recommend matching the airline to your individual needs, not just to the price you want to pay. Then you should book early and things should go well.

Almost all airlines offer a comfortable flight. But they all differ in the services they offer, the facilities onboard, and - what is most important for such a long journey - the seat comfort. Making your choices based on these criteria then automatically results determines the price you will pay.......

What you should know about New Zealand!

What you should know about New Zealand!

This book contains a lot of information that you can add to by
searching in the Internet pages listed in the book.


Many airlines fly to New Zealand from all over the world.

Below is a short list of some of them:


Alcohol can only be served to persons who are 18 or older. The grocery stores only sell wine and beer. In order to purchase liquor and liqueurs, you have to go to full-license alcoholic beverage stores.


Open hours for banks are Monday through Friday, from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. You can also get money from ATMs 24 hours a day. You can find ATMs almost everywhere. If you want to withdraw money with an international credit card or debit card, you will need your PIN code. In any case, you should check with your bank at home about if your card can be used in New Zealand to avoid any unpleasant surprises.


See Accommodations and Holiday Parks.

Climate and weather information

New Zealand is a country with four seasons and people travel there year-round. No matter which season you wish to visit the country, the temperatures in the summer and winter are very stable, with some exceptions. In the summer, temperatures range from 68 to 86°F. In the winter, on the other hand, they range from 50 to 60°F. Decreases in temperature, especially in the mountainous areas and on the South Island, are possible. This is because New Zealand is influenced by Antarctica. Even in the summer, there can be rapid drops in temperature and changes in the weather.

This means you may suddenly experience a downpour, a storm or snow, depending on the regional situation.

You can get exact information about the weather at this website:


You should wear more functional clothing on your vacation. People really only dress up on the weekends or for work. However, even at work most New Zealanders just wear casual clothing. From Monday through Friday, people dress up a bit more at the office and Fridays are usually casual days.

In order to be sure that you can get into a nightclub, you must bring along some nice clothes to wear. However, this only applies to the large cities and tourist centers and not to the small towns. I don’t know of any requirements to wear a jacket and tie, but if so, then only on special occasions and in some select hotels.

Because the weather can be very changeable, you should be prepared and possibly bring along a jacket or sweater in the car or stuff it into your backpack, even in the summer.

You will find information about the equipment needed for fishing and hiking in the respective subject areas.

Customs and import regulations for fly fisher’s!

As just mentioned above, it will be especially checked that you only bring clothing into the country that has been cleaned exactly according to the regulations. This includes all of your fishing clothing and your fishing gear.

A serious reason for this is the menacing type of algae, the “Didymo” - aka rock snot (Didymosphenia geminata). It has spread to many rivers in the south of New Zealand. For this reason, shoes with fur insoles are also prohibited. This is the number one carrier of disease.

You can find information about diseased rivers and the current status of the situation at the following website:

Furthermore, it is prohibited to bring in binding materials such as feathers and wool products. But artificial lures or flies may be imported. The declaration of fishing gear, waders, wading boots and fishing jackets is already indicated on your entry form and confirmed by your signature. You definitely need this card before entry, for customs clearance at the airport! If you lose it, you can still get another one once you are in New Zealand and you can fill it out there.

If you want to know more about the import and export of goods, contact the Customs Information Service at the Auckland Airport at:

Phone 0064 (0)9 256 6413 or visit their website at:

If you are taking a lot of equipment, I recommend that you fill out an export declaration in the USA. This is particularly important if, for example, the origin of your fishing rod cannot be proven by the serial numbers! Another thing you can do for your valuable items, such as computers, cameras, lenses and fishing equipment, is to take a copy of your receipts for them with you.......

What will your trip to New Zealand cost?

Your trip will definitely be cheaper than what you might think.

Although New Zealand is far from home, all the costs for a 14 to 28-day trip can be spread out and minimized easily. For our calculations, let’s assume a two or four-week trip. But you have to plan two days for the flights. So, depending on the duration of your trip, you are left with 12-26 days to pay for in New Zealand, depending on what day you start your trip. Ideally, you should start your vacation on a Friday evening to get two additional weekend days added to your vacation time, and you can use these two days for your round-trip flight.

If you have the opportunity to travel with your family, life partner or friend, then the individual cost per person can quickly be reduced by up to 30%, but the total cost for an entire family can also very quickly increase a great deal.

It is clear that not every family or individual can afford a trip like this, even if I show you the inexpensive ways to travel. Certainly one or the other of you will have to save up for a longer period of time in order to make this dream trip into a reality. Therefore, I would like to present to you the most inexpensive options, which are more acceptable for many people, and are certainly acceptable if your goal is keeping costs low, but still getting quality for your money.

I have divided the costs into four variables:


For Flights, car, gasoline.

A flight from the US to New Zealand costs around $ 1300 to $ 2400 in Economy Class, depending on the airline, location of the airport and travel time; in Business Class around $ 4800 to $ 12,000; and in First Class, $ 5100 to $ 24,000.

Renting a small car locally costs around $ 35 per day, plus insurance of around $ 7 per day. For 12 or 26 days, the total rental charges are around $ 500 to $ 1042. If you travel in the off season, from October to mid-December, a 30-day rental of a simple older car, including insurance, can sometimes be as low as $ 800 total. So, even if you only use the car for 26 days, depending on how you calculate it, you can book the car for 30 days and get a better price. You just turn it back in earlier.

Since many of you who work cannot take this much paid time off, maybe you can take some additional unpaid vacation or leave time, or maybe you are already retired, so that you can take full advantage of the longer time period and the benefits it brings.

The cost of gasoline for your car varies and is currently around $ 1.30 to $ 1.80 per liter ($ 5.20 to $ 7.20 per gallon). So with a planned total driving distance of around 5,000 km (3,100 miles) and using around 8.5 liters (34 gallons) of gasoline per 100 km (62 miles), this is a total of $ 554 to $ 765. If this is your first trip to New Zealand and you cannot take vacation longer than two weeks, you could spend, those two weeks on the North Island in the Taupo / Turangi Region and still experience a lot of fun fishing. This way, you will decrease the time you spend in the car and increase the time you spend out in nature. If you have two additional weeks of vacation, you could, of course, plan a longer, circular trip. But the most important thing is to get your fly into the water as often and as long as possible.


A night in a backpacker hostel in a twin room, for single or double occupancy including a bathroom, costs around $ 40, so for 12 days, your accommodations will cost a total of $ 480; for 26 days $ 1040. If you stay longer in the same place, at the same hostel, you can get special rates. If you are a good negotiator, you might even get every seventh day free, even if you are staying for a shorter period of time. So you can save a few dollars, even if you’re only staying 14 days.......

Lodgings from A to Z

Which type of lodging suits me best?

You would think that almost every inhabitant of New Zealand has a place for rent. This means the choice of lodgings is huge and you will find what you are looking for. Even in the most remote corners of the island you can still find places to stay. The jewels of the industry offer breathtaking views and pure relaxation.

Whether you choose a tent, a cabin, a camping van, a hostel, free private accommodations, a bed & breakfast, an apartment, an inn, a home with farm accommodations, a holiday park, a cottage, the guides‘ lodges, a motel or hotel, a Resort or your own Villa - you will find that your final choice has its own special charm. So you can do what I have usually done: make your stay completely flexible and adapt it to what you want to get out of it.

If you plan to spend your vacation during the New Zealand holiday season or during school holidays, then you should definitely make your reservations in advance. This is the only way to be certain you will get the accommodations you want.

The cheapest type of lodging in New Zealand is couch surfing. Couch surfing implies that you have a personal connection in New Zealand and you can stay at their place for free. This is ideal for low budget travelers and you don‘t even have to know a New Zealander in advance for this.

You can find options for this at the following website:

There are around 5.000 accommodation options available there.

There is also the possibility of traveling with a tent or camping van. You can stay right there at the place where others plan to go for just a day trip and get up and cast your bait first thing in the morning. Please watch out for your own interests and make sure you comply with the environmental laws and other restrictions. I so make sure that you don’t invade private property, possibly farmland, without asking in advance.

You can be convicted and have to pay a large fine for trespassing, or for breach of various nature conservation regulations, and you could even be put in jail. Ignorance of the law does not protect you from punishment for a crime in New Zealand either.

However, you have the opportunity to buy a special camping and tent guide that shows you where you can stay overnight. You could also choose the safer route and pay a few dollars for a campsite.


The YHA Hostel and the BBH Backpacker are the two largest New Zealand backpacker/hostel organizations. The BBH Association has the most backpackers/hostels registered - around 330. The BBH classification is made by guests and expressed as a percentage. It consists of a continuous online review and a yearly survey filled out by guests.

Basically, I would always trust the online reviews, since a hostel owner has the opportunity to influence the participants in the survey he or she has them fill out. However, the classification only includes information about the facilities, the ambience and the location of the building, but nothing about the age and wear and tear of the hostel.

There is a simple rule that you can follow. Do not book any BBH property with a rating under 85% and only compromise if you have no other choice. This will work out best for you. The YHA uses a1 to 5-star rating system. The same rule applies here - only book properties with 5 stars. With 4 stars you might need to compromise. If you don’t follow these two rules, you will most likely have to give up some of your expectations regarding comfort and cleanliness.

Since this fishing guide is mostly focused on the most cost-effective way of taking your trip, I especially recommend the backpacker hostels. They are the second-cheapest option, after tents. However, there are plenty of differences in the quality and prices of the properties. However, if you are prepared to book a still cheap, but higher priced backpacker hostel, you can actually get decent quality.......

Hu Ha Bikepackers, Glenhope, 85% BBH–Rating, South Island


Photo 23: Enjoy a beautiful view of the forests and mountains from the terrace.

This is a hostel that you would might drive past without taking a second glance, but if you are biking and you pass this one by, it‘s a long haul of 30 km (19 miles) to the next town. But passing up on this hostel would be the wrong thing to do because the 89% rating is well-earned. A very pleasant atmosphere, nice rooms and two friends who want to make sure you are well aware that you are on a farm.

The hostel is surrounded by small mountains and forest. You can find information on this hostel at the following website:


Photo 24: The rooms are very nicely furnished and you feel right at home.


Photo 25: This is one of your possibilities to find an good accommodation.

Exclusive and individual travel in New Zealand

No one can argue about good taste!

Many people want to surround themselves in luxury and explore the delights of this world. You will have the opportunity to do this in New Zealand also and, should you take advantage of it, return home with a wealth of experiences.

If your goal is luxury, time is usually your most valuable and least available asset and you want to take full advantage of indulging your interests and those of your companions. New Zealand offers you the ideal freedom to experience an extraordinary vacation in a place with many contrasting environments.

New Zealand’s infrastructure has responded to the exclusive and individually traveling public and it is waiting to grant your every wish. Of course there are no limits to fulfilling your fantasies on your trip. But you might need someone to convert the trip you have built up in your imagination into reality.

I am not talking about a reservation that you can make through just any travel agency or by yourself online! I am referring to a small group of people who can plan a complete, customized trip, based completely on your interests and desires, a trip will give you memories to last a lifetime.

Leaving nothing to chance means saving time and creating the freedom you desire on your vacation. So whom should you trust so that your high and extraordinary expectations in New Zealand are fulfilled?

This decision ultimately depends on whether you want to try to organize things for yourself or if you prefer to leave this to a professional. You can find a custom travel design specialist at home or you can turn to the experience of local specialists, who are in direct, local contact with places and accommodations. Local proximity and personal contact are sometimes crucial in bringing about quick solutions, especially in New Zealand. Choosing local means a combination of luxury, individuality and the fulfillment of your desire to have a fishing experience of the highest quality can be guaranteed.

Exclusive and individual travel is a way to awaken your emotions, and your travel planner should be able to accomplish this!

Lake Rotoroa Lodge

To give you an insight into the level of first-class accommodations, I have photos of the Lake Rotoroa Lodge, well known in New Zealand and built in the colonial style.......


Photo 31: The Rotoroa Lodge, unique in New Zealand, is built in the Colonial style.


Photo 32: Here you can relive the “good old times” in style.


Photo 37: An old proverb says that you have made your bed - now lie in it. I wish you a restful sleep.

Fish and Game

Regulations for sport fishing and hunting

Fish and Game is the organization that issues and monitors compliance with the regulations for fishing and hunting in New Zealand.

Its headquarters is located in Wellington, but each of the 12 Fish and Game regions in New Zealand is responsible for itself. Therefore, you should also contact the regional office directly if you have any concerns or would like information about the multitude of waters in the region.

I met Mark Sherburn — Fish and Game Officer for the Eastern Region. He showed us around the office and the breeding center of the region.

In New Zealand you will be checked at water areas by the Fish and Game or DOC-Department of Conservation officers. So you should always have your fishing license with you.

I actually ended up being checked by Mark Sherburn, when he asked me for my fishing license at the Nongotaha River, and this is how I got to know him.

What licenses do I need to buy and where is fishing allowed?

Buy a New Zealand license first.

The New Zealand license is valid for all regions besides the Taupo. The Fish and Game organization is also responsible for this.

It’s possible that access permits may be needed for various private forests or farmlands in order to reach certain lakes or backcountry rivers. These are usually free.

You can get all the regional information at the Fishing and Fly Fishing shops or at the DOC–Department of Conservation and at the Fish and Game Institute.

You can get more information about fishing in each region at the following website:

Website: www.fishandgame.org.nz

Photo 44: Marc Sherburn is a Fish and Game officer. He led me on a tour through the hatchery.

A New Zealand fishing license is valid for one year. It starts on October 1st and ends on September 30th of the following year.

Non-resident fishing licence, approximate cost.......


Photo 45: Near Rotorua you can find a Fish and Game hatchery. You will also find one of the most famous rivers in the region, the Nongotaha River.

Photo 46: A variety of hatcheries ensure the next generation.

Fly fishing and your equipment

Doing the right thing at the right time!

How beautiful the world is if you take the time to look at it through the eyes of a fly fisher, if you get the chance to explore crystal clear rivers and lakes out in nature in New Zealand, to hike along them and find your way through the thickets of subtropical forests.

Besides pine forests, ferns and palm-like plants line paths and provide a diverse variety of flora. Bizarre rock formations often rise out of the water and give clear examples of the wonders of nature.

It is precisely in this nature that we find the abundance of fish in New Zealand, which we don’t necessarily find everywhere at home: salmonids born in freedom here. However, how far the volume of this species can spread still depends on regional circumstances. But we usually encounter them in every river or lake.

Trout fishing, starting in Rotorua, decreases on the North Island to the north and increases to Wellington in the southern direction. But the largest amount of fish can be found in the central region of the North Island. On the North Island you will mainly find rainbow trout, but on the South Island there are more brown trout.

Carp, also called koi in Japanese, are, like catfish, an unwanted by-product in New Zealand, introduced by man. Every now and then they spread in small populations on the North Island. Eels are also common, of course. The South Island, because of its variety of freshwater fishing, is the most interesting. Here you can not only fish for brown and rainbow trout, char and salmon, but eels and nice perch can also be found every now and then.


Photo 51: The ultimate water that makes a fly fisher’s heart beat faster.

When is the best time for fishing?

Most of the time, the best time for fishing depends on your employer. But, since we, as fly fishermen, are very flexible when it comes to pursuing our hobby, we are also happy fishing in the off-season.

The weather in the pre-season from October to the end of December and in the post-season from mid-March to the end of April is bearable. Trout fishing is often good to very good during these times. In addition, the pressure on the waters is almost non-existent.

Some lakes are open, for example, from September to June for fishing, and others are open all year long. The combination of the best travel time and fishing time for the North Island is from mid-November to the end of March, and for the South Island in the months from mid-December to the end of March.

October and April, however, are often very rainy on the North Island and the rivers rise. On the South Island, there are always changes in the weather. This can mean snow at the higher elevations, especially in southern part of the South Island, which can surprise you in the mountain regions, even in the summer. In addition, it should be noted that a strong wind blows frequently in New Zealand, which can be very similar to our mountain or coastal weather.

In the cooler, snowy and rainy months, trout fishing can be at its best. From May to September, depending on the water level, the trout start their move to the rivers to spawn.

Currently, climatic changes are having more impact on the migratory behavior and the spawning cycle of the trout. The result of this is that the period of the rise during the spawning season can no longer be classified in a precise time period. So you always come across trout that are spawning before and after the regular spawning time.

The food situation in the lakes can also change dramatically. This means that the supply of the vital forage fish, smelt, in Lake Taupo was once as good as gone. Only a small population was saved, which is now back on track with multiplying. This forage fish serves as a food staple for trout in this region. In addition to the flying insects, larvae and caterpillars, snails and blood worms make up the diet of the local trout.


Photo 56: With my belly boat I can reach any part of the lake and get a better chance to catch a big trout.

Perhaps you will be lucky enough to experience once in your life a “mouse run,” which can occur depending on the development of the mouse population. The reason for this occurrence is the good food supply, which can periodically increase the number of mice tremendously. The mice, in search of new feeding grounds, migrate to and cross over rivers. Then the trout go into a feeding frenzy and can sometimes devour half a dozen mice at once. Unfortunately, I have not yet been able to see this phenomenon, but photos of this taken by individual fly fishers I have met that took my breath away.......

New Zealand flies

What is the right fly to use?

These fly selections were recommended by Russell Anderson, a guide and one of the best fly-tiers in New Zealand. Not all of them have a clear photo. We have also listed other kinds.

Flies of the North Island

Dry Flies

  • Dad’s Favourite, Kahaki Queen, Humpy Peackock, Royal Wulff, Stimulator Olive, Adams, Adams Parachute, Black Gnat, Blowfly ( Blue, Green), Caddis–Elk Hair, Caddis–Goddard, Clark Cicada, Mayfly, Spent Spinner, Cartys Gff Olive, Cartys Gff Tan, Elk Hair Caddis ( Brown), Loves Lure, March Brown, Twilight Beauty.


  • Caddis Net Builder, Damsel, Hare and Copper, Glo Bugs, Hare and Copper Gold BH, Hares Ear, Russell`s No Hackle Mayfly, Hares Ear Flashback GTB, Lead Eye Half Back, Lead Eye Hare and Copper, Pheasant Tail GTB, Pheasant Tail, Russell´s Volcanic Caddis, Pheasant Tail Flashback, Carty´s Stonefly (Black, Brown, Green), Prince Nymph, Blood Worms, Rubber Leg Copper John (Olive), Deleatidium Nymph, Muppets, Carty`s Coloburiscus, Carty`s Oniscigaster , Snail, Russell´s Toe Biter, Halfback, Black and Peacock, Caddis–Flashback–Gold BH, Hare and Copper Tungsten, Pheasant Tail Copper, Zug Nymph, Pheasant Tail GC, Caddis Horn.


  • Black Marabou Lumo, Grey Ghost, Hamill’s Killer, Wooly Buggers (Green, Black, Multicolor), Silicon Smelt, Fruit Salad, Fuzzy Wuzzy (Red, Black), Ginger Mick, Orbit (Green), Booby Fly (Black, Olive), Muddler Minnow, Parson Glory (Red, Yellow), Red Setter, Black Marabou, Craigs Night Time, Yellow Dorothy, Hairy Dog (Red, Black), Taupo Tiger, Rabbit Fly Green, Mrs. Simpson.


  • Green and Brown Beetle, Russell´s Sparky Spider, Carty´s General Terrestrail, Clarks Cicada, Willow Grub, Russell`s Blow Fly, San Juan Worm, Turck´s Tarrantular, Passion Vine Hopper, Dave Hopper, Mouse.


  • Caddis Emerger, Stus Emerger, CDC Emerger (Deleatidium)

Flies of the South Island

Dry Flies

  • Humpy (Red, Green, Yellow), .......

Dry Flies


Photo 58: Adams # 10 - 22



Photo 83: Hare and Copper BTB # 10 - 16

Guides - greeting the day worry-free

How do I choose the right New Zealand fishing guide?

You don’t think one minute about:

Ultimately, you want to be happy with the guides services. Your guide is responsible for you and for providing the service you have booked, your guided tour. He must be well-prepared and nothing must be left to chance. Well, that would be the ideal situation.

What is guiding?

Guiding should be understood primarily as a service. The variety of types of guiding has no limits. Guiding generally consists of leading, supporting, supervising and transferring knowledge. It can also, if it’s offered or if you want this, be booked as a full service and expanded to include various additional services.

Why should you book a guide for at least one day of your New Zealand vacation?

It’s more of a question of whether you need a guide and can afford it, and it depends on various criteria, such as safety, the time factor, money, service, prestige, your age and physical condition, your desire for social contact, knowledge about fishing, skills, equipment, language, comfort, fishing success and your knowledge about the area.

Let’s consider the various reasons why you should opt for a guide.


Photo 150: Craig Skeet takes his work seriously!

Ray Port — Artist and master of taxidermy

30 years of experience in the art of taxidermy

Ray Port is a small, unassuming man with a penchant for perfection and unusual stories. He greets us with a friendly handshake and a wide smile.

I was already very excited and was looking forward to this meeting, since I had never had the opportunity of watching a taxidermist at work.

This is probably a profession that not everyone would include on his wish list. But creativity can be expressed in a variety of ways. In addition, there is a very high degree of competitive pressure in this profession. Quality is all that matters in the end. “Your reputation runs ahead of you,” says Ray and he cannot afford to deliver even one job that does not meet his and his client’s expectations.

His constant self-critiquing has made Ray Port into what he is today after 30 years: He is a Master of Taxidermy. This is why hardly a day goes by without Ray Port being asked to take a new job. No wonder it can take up to a year before you can hang your trophy trout over the fireplace.

On his walls hang not only finished fish and birds, but a variety of awards. In New Zealand there are around 45 taxidermists, but only three of them can really compete with Ray Port in the art of taxidermy. He also stands as one of the world elite in competitions.

It is interesting that Ray Port has taught himself the art of taxidermy. Ray says that reading many books and experimenting have allowed him to continuously develop his craft.


Photo 156: Ray Port present his beautiful artist.

The secrets of this profession are treasured like gold and only communicated to wealthy individuals or handed down to the taxidermist’s own family members. For a person to learn the profession of taxidermy, a three-year apprenticeship is required in New Zealand. Young Japanese women are therefore sent by their families to New Zealand to learn this art. At home they can earn a lot of money doing this.

Ray tells us that in his best year, he received 366 fish over 10 lb. each for taxidermy services. That gives us all hope, I would say! It’s just a shame that they are all no longer alive to be caught!

His photo gallery of preserved fish underscores this statement. At that moment, a thought goes through my mind. How unfair this world can be!

I would like for one of those photos to be of my 10 lb. fish! There is nothing we fly fishers long for more than to get over the 10-pound hurdle and hold a huge, beautiful trout in our hands!

I can tell you that there are enough big fish in New Zealand, but it all depends on the circumstances whether you belong to the 10-pounder club or not.

To let you have a glimpse into the life of a taxidermist, here is a little story that Ray Port told me.

Gone to the dogs

One day an old Maori woman walked through the door and she was very distraught. She told the taxidermist about her little dog that had died and that she loved more than anything. She said, “I cannot do without him and so I thought about getting him stuffed.” However, the taxidermist did not preserve dogs, only fish and birds. But the old woman did not want to hear this. She started to cry and said, “He is really the only thing I have left.” So the taxidermist let himself be talked into it and promised the woman that he would stuff the dog.

Full of joy, she went home to her garden and dug up her dog that had been buried for six weeks. It was already partially decomposed, but she brought it in, beaming with joy, for preservation. Now you can imagine how that went…..!

If you should ever go by to see Ray because you now belong to the 10-pounder club, let him tell you a few more good stories and let the rest of us enjoy them as well.

But now let’s get serious!

What should you do if you have caught a large fish?

Take a beautiful photo and let him go free again!

But if this .......

Kilwell - Innovative fishing tackle brand!

The love of fishing is a passion in fishing rod construction

The Wells family were the founders and have been the owners of the Kilwell company for over 80 years. Being down-to-earth is a principle that they still pursue to this day.

I met Ivan Leslie, the Marketing Manager, who walked me through the company and production facility.

The Kilwell company is impressive right from the start because it looks like it has been around since the 19th century. Museum curators would turn green with envy. There are no walls or rooms that are not filled with collectibles from past fishing trips around the world.

It is a stark contrast, seeing the past on one side and the innovation on the other. The Wells family has made it their mission to maintain the rarities for posterity and to create a work environment that is second to none.


Photo 170: Here you can see a computer-controlled cutting machine that precisely cuts the graphite and fiberglass mats for the rod.

In addition, the company can be regarded as one big family. Many employees work here until retirement. It is not necessarily unusual for a New Zealand employer to keep its employees for a long time. But most companies would probably go bankrupt before they could employ someone for their entire working life.......


Photo 160: Marketing Manager Ivan Leslie holds in his hands what is probably one of the smallest fly reels in the world.

What does me good in life

Observations on the sport of fishing

It is often the things that you cannot take time for in your everyday life that offer you balance and respite from the stresses of daily life, that give you joy in life or that make your life interesting.

You don’t have to be a psychologist to know what does you good. It is more of a question of how much knowledge you have about people and about yourself, so that you can deal with your life.

If you have this knowledge, you can define and achieve your life goals better, thereby improving your quality of life.

The sport of fishing is a balm to the soul!

Whether you want to regenerate your psyche, strengthen your mental power or refuel your physical energy, fishing can positively influence and accelerate this process. In addition, there are many other positive side effect that may be associated with fishing.

Not just on vacation, but when we actually pursue our hobby regularly, we can achieve a balance in our life and build a counterweight to our everyday stress potential. We can win back what we have lost through our environment.

If we consider our environment, an everyday, predetermined rhythm and our own life cycle define our life. Often, this every day, predetermined rhythm cannot be adapted to our life cycle or vice versa. The result is a negative influence on our physical condition.

This way we can also make it clear to ourselves that our body is dependent on our environment. So we need to know what positive influence we have to expose our body to on a regular basis in order to do no harm to the cycle of our life.

When we fly fisher pursue our hobby, we often, consciously or unconsciously, ensure that we are being influenced in a positive way. I would suggest to you that you maintain your balance by continuous control of your environment, so that you create a positive environment for yourself.

The sport of fishing and its benefits

We should do what we do best, what we enjoy the most, what we are most successful at and that can continue to help us develop positively.

We are going fishing!


Photo 190: South Island, a beautiful sunset next to Karamea.

We love and live our sport because it offers us a variety of perspectives that make our life more attractive. It begins with a communicative exchange with peers, which encourages your social integration into society and supports your social behavior. Membership in a fishing club can continuously support you in this.......

GPS Index

GPS data information - A way to show Rivers and Lakes

Rivers and lakes may be assigned to other regions, as they are usually managed regionally. GPS data is given in conjunction with the waters depicted. The GPS data and the map gives you only an orientation within the regions.

1. Eastern Region / Rotorua Area

2. Taupo Region / Taupo Area

3. Hawke`s Bay Region

6. West Coast

4 - 5 Nelson Region / 7- 8. Marlborough Region


Lakes and Rivers of the Taupo Region

GPS - Information

North Island – Taupo Region – Tongariro National Park – Whakapapanui Stream

GPS-Information: 39° 08. 839‘ S, 175° 30. 471‘ E  / 840 m


Photo 209

North Island – Taupo Region – Tongariro Nationalpark – Whakapapa River

GPS-Information: 39° 07. 078‘ S, 175° 28. 053‘ E  / 687 m


Photo 210

North Island – Taupo Region – Taupo – Tongariro River

GPS-Information: 39° 01. 889‘ S, 175° 48. 812‘ E  / 418 m


Photo 208

North Island – Taupo Region – Taupo – Lake Taupo

GPS-Information: 38° 41. 628‘ S, 176° 04. 480‘ E  / 456 m


Photo 211

Oh, how I want a 10-pounder!

Two wonderful days with guide Russell Anderson


Photo 217: Russell Anderson with a nice brown trout!

In order to leave nothing to chance regarding my trip, I entrusted it to the renowned fly tier and fishing and hunting guide, Russell Anderson. He was a judge at the New Zealand Open Fly Tying Championships and has already won many competitions in fly tying with his own fly patterns.

At the age of eleven, he began tying flies and when he was 18 years old, he started, as one of the youngest guides in New Zealand, to lead his clients to the fish. So it is no surprise to me that, at the age of 19, he was also the youngest fly developer for the Umpqua Feather Merchants of New Zealand.

This reminds me that in a person’s life, there should be something that they are exceptionally good at, so they can find some internal satisfaction and appreciation when doing it.

But today, Russell will lead me to the big trout that, in my opinion, can only be caught with a mixture of experience and good luck. However, the most important thing here is to always react quickly when responding to the actions of the fish. This assumes of course that you use all of your skills and that you are well-prepared. You won’t have a lot of chances once you have spotted the fish you want. He will either happily run for his life or simply sit still at the bottom of a pool.

Today we are headed into the back country to a small river that is bordered by farmland. If you want to fish at a river like this, that has no local official access, just ask the farmer if you can go through his land. You will find that most of the time you can quickly get to pristine sections of the rivers.

Fishing on farmland sometimes means discovering dead animals or stepping in sheep or cow poop. You also need to watch out for very uneven ground, so that you don’t fall into any holes, which are sometimes so deep that even sheep have already met their end in them. And what a disgusting mess if you land on top of one.


Photo 224: My 6 wt - rod bends to the extreme and my joy is also extreme.

This is what happened to me with my approx. 9-pounder, after the trout started speeding up and I had to run after it. I fell into three little holes and could have broken my legs. Luckily, the holes were too small to be hiding dead sheep. But I wasn’t thinking about that at the time anyway - I was totally concentrated on one thing.......

Lakes and Rivers of the Central South Region

GPS - Information

South Island – Central South Region – Geraldine – Rangitata River

GPS-Information: 43° 39. 151‘ S, 170° 56. 341‘ E  / 459 m


Photo 272

South Island – Central South Region – Twizel – Lake Pukaki

GPS-Information: 44° 10. 527‘ S, 170° 09. 780‘ E  / 535 m


Photo 285

South Island – Central South Region – Tekapo – Lake Alexandrina

GPS-Information: 43° 58. 150‘ S, 170° 26. 934‘ E  / 719 m

Photo 283

South Island – Central South Region – Twizel – Lake Benmore North

GPS-Information: 44° 21. 158‘ S, 170° 11.855‘ E  / 375 m


Photo 288

A beautiful dream that never goes away!

A day in the life of guide Tony Pearce

Sometimes in life you meet a person who, in no time at all, manages to touch your heart and then you are sad if you have to leave him or her. In our case, this happened with a person we met, who had been looking for a place to call home and for some meaning in his life. He ended up returning to the place where he was born and came to the realization that every day in his life is a gift that he wants to share with other people.

He touches people is this in the place where you are most vulnerable: their heart.

Tony Pearce is this person. He is a fishing guide and he has one of the happiest personalities of anyone I have ever met!

Spending a day with this charismatic man will turn your fishing experience into something special.

The wonderful experience that a father would like to have with his son, or that two friends on a trip together would like to have, or seen from a romantic viewpoint, that a man and his wife or girlfriend would like to have - this is what your fishing trip with Tony will give you. An experience here. Something that you will remember for years to come.

We found ourselves in this exact situation when we went fishing with Tony.

Tony’s father taught him how to hunt and fish a long time ago. After he left the country as a young man, he always had the dream of one day returning to the place where he grew up: Lake Heron.


Photo 293: Lake Heron — To me, one of the most beautiful places in the world!


Photo 296: Tony Pearce gives me instructions because he has just discovered a large sea trout.

Lake Heron is a special place in the middle of solitude, provide exactly what we are looking for. The approximately 70 square kilometers (43 square miles) around Lake Heron reveal themselves in a variety of productive lakes and rivers, where you can fish for salmon, trout, perch and eel. If you are a hunter - but then again, somehow we are all hunters - then you will also find the right place for hunting here, in the bush and the mountains.

The Lake Heron area is an all-in-one package of enjoyment for fly fishers and hunters and we can assure you that you are in good hands here.

I had always been interested in fishing for salmon in New Zealand, but had not yet had the chance to try. So we made it our goal to catch a salmon with a fly in this particular trip.

You can find salmon in Lake Heron and in the surrounding rivers. The salmon in Lake Heron are not that big, but fishing for them can still bring great joy.

However it is crucial to choose the right time and, the right place, and to set the right bait. I am not an experienced salmon fisherman, but on this trip, I still wanted to try to catch a New Zealand salmon.

Tony Pearce accompanied us throughout the day. We fished in the northeastern part of the South Island, at the famous Rangitata River.......

About the author

My name is Stephan Janischewski I'm your author and I travel for about 10 years, the islands of New Zealand. There I spent a total of 2 years and learned about the exciting country, from the perspective of a fly fisherman, hiker and student.

To learn better English, and I take a break from my job, I entered the age of 36 for the first time the other side of the world, New Zealand.

At this point I'd never dreamed that I would one day stand before you as an author.

This is probably due a combination of different circumstances to owe. But this has started that I took my life into my own hand. I took my years of savings and invested in myself.

My current passion the fly fishing is a coincidence to thank. But it was a friend with his nature, who brought me to enjoy this sport. The events of my life inspired me to create new, and to share my life with all fly fisher.

Therefore I have written the book MY DREAM FISH - New Zealand - Trout & Fly Fishing Guide, which you hopefully liked.

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