New Zealand is renowned for its pristine rivers, lakes, and streams that offer excellent fly fishing opportunities. Lake Taupo is regarded as one of the premier fly fishing destinations in the country and attracts anglers from around the world. Here’s some information about fly fishing at Lake Taupo.
Fly fishing is almost like an art and combines skill, technique, and an appreciation for the natural environment, offering a unique and immersive fishing experience. Fly fishing is a unique way of catching fish where a thin and weighted fishing line is used and the bait a.k.a. an artificial “fly” is presented very delicately on the top of the water to imitate an insect that had landed on the water.
The casting technique is very unique and there are different strategies, but all of them involve casting the lain in the air back and forth – often known as false casting. The most important thing is to stay in the same level plane and stop your rod tip at the same point on both back-and-forth casts. You can go to a different level as long as you stay in the same plane on the forward and backward pass.
The most common fly fishing methods in Lake Taupo include:
Each technique has its own merits and is suited to different conditions and fishing preferences.
There are a few key differences to consider between fly fishing and regular fishing.
While regular fishing means that the bait such as worms, smelt, or flies is presented to the fish underwater, when fly fishing the artificial “fly” is presented on top of the water or just under it, to imitate the actions of a bug that’s just landed in the water. Fly fishing can be a more technical and precise method, requiring more skill to it. Regular fishing on the other hand is more accessible to beginners and is less technical.
When deciding between fly fishing and regular fishing, it often comes down to personal preference, skill level, and desired experience.
Ultimately, both fly fishing and regular fishing in Lake Taupo can be rewarding and enjoyable experiences, offering the chance to catch impressive rainbow trout and enjoy the stunning natural beauty of the lake and its surroundings.
To go fly fishing, you’ll need a few essential pieces of equipment. Here’s a list of the basic gear required for fly fishing:
Other essential accessories for fly fishing include a pair of fly fishing waders (if fishing in water), fly fishing boots, a fishing vest or pack to carry your gear and accessories, nippers or scissors to trim lines, forceps or hemostats to remove hooks.
If you don’t have your own equipment and want to try out fishing, you can take a private fishing charter, like White Striker Charters to catch some trout. Even better if you are a TOP 10 club member, as you can get 10% off the charter rate.
The fishing season in Lake Taupo typically runs from October 1st to June 30th, with the peak time being from October to April when the weather is warmer, and insect hatches are more abundant.
The best times for fly fishing in Lake Taupo can vary depending on several factors, including the season, weather conditions, and the behaviour of the fish.
Even though sunny summer days may be more inviting to go fishing, don’t underestimate overcast days, especially with a light drizzle, as they often lead to productive fishing as the rain can trigger insect activity and encourage trout to feed near the surface.
Trout can be caught throughout the day, but early mornings and late afternoons are generally considered prime fishing times in Lake Taupo. During these times, fish are more active near the surface, feeding on insects or small baitfish.
It’s important to note that fishing can be unpredictable and it’s always a good idea to check with local fishing guides about current fishing conditions in Lake Taupo to get valuable insights and recommendations based on the specific time you plan to visit the area.
Lake Taupo is home to an abundance of rainbow and brown trout. These species thrive in the lake’s clear waters, making it an ideal location for fly fishing. There are several access points around Lake Taupo that are popular among anglers. These include boat ramps, jetties, and shorelines. Here are some tips for catching different fish species when fly fishing at Lake Taupo.
To catch Rainbow trout you will need to focus on areas such as river mouths, stream inlets or drop-offs near weed beds. Rainbow Trout are known to feed near the surface, so use a variety of flies, including nymphs, dry flies, and streamers. Experiment with different retrieve speeds and depths as well as consider using bright colours or flashy materials for your flies, to get the attention of rainbow trout.
You will find brown trout in deeper pools, undercut banks and submerged structures where they usually hide. Brown trout is more selective in its feeding habits, so make sure to present your fly in a natural and realistic manner imitating patterns that mimic local baitfish and insects, and be very cautious, as brown trout can be easily scared. Brown trout is usually more active during early mornings and late evenings.
A Taupo Fishery fishing licence is necessary to fish in Lake Taupo and surrounding rivers and lakes. Please be aware that your New Zealand Fish and Game license cannot be used in the Taupo fishery district.
Get your fishing licence before your first trip for the season and familiarise yourself with the fishing regulations and catch limits set by the Department of Conservation (DOC).
Taupo district fishing licences are valid for 12 months from 1st July to 30th June each year.
The Lake Taupō district is Lake Taupō and the tributaries flowing into Lake Taupō, including:
Whether you are an experienced angler or a beginner, Lake Taupo offers not only outstanding fly fishing opportunities but also stunning natural beauty. The surrounding area features breathtaking landscapes, geothermal attractions, and outdoor recreational activities, so why not combine your passion for fishing and a memorable stay on the shores of Lake Taupo by camping or staying in one of Motutere Bay TOP 10 Holiday Park cabins?
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