adventure capital of the world. Queenstown has safe, breath-taking
activities. Bungy Jump from the world's first commercial bungy
site, swoop and soar in a whitewater raft or surf, jet boat
down canyons, tandem hanglide or parapente. Long walks, four
wheel drive treks, or lunch on a steamboat. Visit the historic
goldmining settlement of Arrowtown, or discover Glenorchy, gateway
to Paradise Valley and the famous Routeburn walking track.
GUIDE - QUEENSTOWN, NEW ZEALAND
on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, overlooked by the majestic
Southern Alps, the town was named because "...it
was fit for Queen Victoria." Queenstown is today
recognised internationally as New Zealand's premier
visitor destination. Queenstown has more than just breathtaking
scenery and a diverse range of attractions, it's the
people visitors find enchanting. In fact in 1998, Queenstown
was again voted Friendliest Foreign City in a poll of
37,000 readers of Conde Nast Traveler, a top US Travel
Publication. Queenstown first won the award in 1996.
- QUEENSTOWN, NEW ZEALAND
Zealand has long been the worlds most desirable trout
fishing destination, and where better to sample this
than on the pristine rivers, lakes and streams of Central
Otago. Queenstown is in the south west of the South
Island. If you are planning a fishing trip to Queenstown,
it is a good idea to fly to Christchurch and then either
fly to Queenstown or take a rental car. Christchurch
to Queenstown is approximately a 5 hour drive and is
through some of the most beautiful country in the world.
If you have your equipment with you, it is possible
to have a fish on the way.
Lake Wakatipu has 124 miles of coast and is approximately
52 miles long. It is the second deepest lake in New
Zealand at 1,340 feet, at its deepest point. There are
six major rivers running into the lake.. To gain access
to the high country streams it is sometimes necessary
to use a helicopter. This increases the available area
and speeds up the amount of time spent actually fishing.Four
wheel drive can be used to access some excellent spots
Try boat fishing on Lake Wakatipu, there are some excellent
fishing opportunities on this lake, cast flies using
the Wakatipu Drift fishing technique, where we often
sight the cruising trout and have the pleasure of watching
the trout approach and take the dry fly before the struggle
of a wild trout begins. Other fishing methods include:
dapping, jigging, spinning with lightweight tackle,
or trolling around Lake Wakatipu margins for lake dwelling
rainbow and brown trout or landlocked Chinook Salmon.
This is not just another boat ride - This is Reel fishing!
Fish and Game surveys show that Lake
Wakatipu has the highest catch rate of all the southern
Nestled inbetween the world renound fisheries of Otago
and Southland, one day may see us sight fishing in
a pristine wilderness river, where footprints are
rare, whereas the next may find us 'matching the hatch'
to selectivly rising browns upon the much revered,
Mataura River, perhaps New Zealands most prolific
brown trout fishery.
Our freshwater fishing season opens on October 1st,
and runs through until the 30th of April. There is
a belated season upon our high county waters to protect
the later spawning of our lake run rainbows. For these
locations, the season runs from November 1st, through
to the 31st of May.
Trout feed extensivly on a range of macroinvertibretes,
with mayfly and caddis being the majority populations.
Stoneflies, chironomids and damsels supplement the
food supply, along with a number of seasonal morsals,
available at various times throughout the year .
However, it is the mid summer cicada hatch which characterises
the waters of Otago, and brings the 'big boys' to
Explosive rises and exhilerating takes are what keep
our anglers returning year after year, and our summertime
browns are known to reach astounding proportions.
Our rainbows arent to be laughed at either!
All tackle and equiptment can be provided by your
guide, but the following is a guideline for those
who prefer their own. A New Zealand freshwater fishing
license is a requirement for anyone who intends to
fish for trout in New Zealand. Categories available
are in 24 hour blocks, or full season.
9' 5 and 6 weight rods are the norm, and suit our
local river conditions in the majority of situations.
Fast actioned graphite is preferred, to both handle
the wind, and make short work of our hard fighting
brown and rainbow trout.
Weight Forward floating fly lines in dull, earth tones
are essential when fishing our gin clear waters. A
minimum of 50 yards backing is prefered, to counter
the often explosive runs of a fish seeking freedom.
Monofilament leaders tapering to 5x are required,
and when used in conjunction with a selection of 3x
to 6x tippet may total up to 15' in length.
Ploarised glasses are essential when sight fishing
our rivers, in amber, or yellow colored lenses to
utilize the maximum available light. Without these,
spotting our trout can prove near impossible. A wide
brimmed, or good peaked cap is eessential to shade
the lenses and block out annoying, peripheral light.
Lightweight, breathable chest waders used in conjunction
with sturdy, felt soled boots are a popular combination
for visiting anglers. But let me introduce you to
the 'kiwi concept' of wet - wading. A pair of lightweight
polypropylene's worn beneath shorts, or lightweright
overtrousers can prove a very warm, and comfortable
option. Allowing better mobility than waders, 'wet
wading' often becomes more comfortable at the days
Comfortable, warm clothing in dull, subtle coloration
(ie; browns, greens and khaki) up your odds of remaining
concealed from the ever watchful eye of our wild,
brown and rainbow trout. A warm, fleece type jacket
is essential for those cooler days, and good rainwear
ensures the trout remains the only thing wet.
Many of your general patterns will account for our
trout, so feel free to bring your own flies.
Wulffs, Humphy's, Adams and 'Cripple' patterns will
all rise Kiwi fish, whilst Phesant Tails, Hare and
Coppers and Beadheads of varying nature will account
for trout below.
Location specific patterns such as Dad's Favourite's,
Kakahi Queens and Mahogany Spent Spinners are all
essential to success on some waters, as are a range
of parachute, and flush floating emerger patterns.
Whilst New Zealand streams are held in high, international
regard, our waters hold only a fraction of your american
trout populations. The defining factor of the NZ fishery
is the sheer average size, and condition of our trout,
and the specialist sight fishing techniques we employ
in these gin clear waters. Whilst blind fishing does
prove productive in some locations, the number of
trout in our rivers decide what methods we employ.
We will first locate likly holding areas and then
focus intently on these, trying to observe a flicker
of a fin, or flashof white, as the trout moves to
feed. After watching the fish feed for a while, we
then decide on the best presentation... Does he look
inclined to a rise, or does he prefer to feed deep.
Each trout is an individual, and what worked on the
last one will not necessarily decieve the next.
It is now that localised knowledge come into play,
and having an experienced, professional guide by your
side can make all the difference!
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