New Zealand is well known for presenting some of the best trout fishing anywhere in the world, we have some of the clearest and cleanest rivers located both in the South Island and in the North Island, and for this reason most of our trout fishing is done by sight walking the river banks until you spot a fish in the water.
For the tourist your best chance of catching a trophy fish is to enlist the services of a local fishing guide, guides are available in most regions through out New Zealand, the guides have extensive local knowledge on the best rivers to fish at certain times of the year with in there area.
All forms of trout fishing in New Zealand require a trout fishing License, the official start to the trout fishing season is from October 1st which is spring time here in New Zealand there are various licenses required for different regions of New Zealand, a full years license only available for New Zealand residents is valid for the whole of New Zealand except the Taupo fishery which requires there own license.
Fish & Game are the issuers of most fishing and hunting licenses with in New Zealand and most licenses can be purchased from hunting and fishing retail outlets through out both the North and South Islands, Non New Zealand residents require a different license than is issued to New Zealand residents.
The Tongariro River that flows into Lake Taupo is the most famous river in the North Island the upper reaches are spawning grounds for the trout that migrate up from Lake Taupo each year and this area is closed to all forms of fishing, the South Island is known for back country brown trout fishing these brown trout can grow to a large size and are usually sighted from the river bank before casting a fly into the clear water.
Certain rivers in both the North and South Islands can be fished with both wet and dry fly and also by using an imitation spinner, however there are rivers as well as lakes that are fly fishing only and no artificial spinners are allowed, some lakes and rivers also allow bait fishing with worms etc.
The South Island Near Lake Tekapo and the canals has some of the largest trout in the world,however these enormous trout are not naturally occurring as they feed on the salmon pellets from the salmon farms they can be caught to around 10 kg there appearance is usually out of proportion from the growth ingredients in the salmon feed.