in Twizel New Zealand
Twizel NZ is an alpine village situated in the Mackenzie District
in the South Island of New Zealand. Twizel is the closest
town to Mount Cook and the Tasman Glacier and setting for
many scenes from Lord of the Rings and many other movies.
Twizel is a fly fishing paradise with its many lakes and rivers
brimming with world record trout and salmon.
FISHING IN TWIZEL NEW ZEALAND
the home of world class fly fishing in New Zealand's South
Island - Mackenzie Basin. It has been said that there are
enough streams and rivers here to fish new water for 6 years
or more. All Waters hold both wild Rainbow and wild Brown
Trout. The Mackenzie basin offers a variety of fly Fishing
water, from fast flowing mountain streams to gentle chalk
stream type water. Just 10 minutes from Twizel you will
find the Tekapo river, boasting the largest population of
fish per kilometer in the south island.
if like myself, the legs aren't quite like they used to
be, fishing the canals with your surfcaster or boat rod
can be trully satisfying with Rainbow Trout and Salmon up
to 27 lb regularly being caught.
During the fishing season Twizel usually enjoys dry days
with temperatures in the mid 20C- 30C, however, it can experience
some cold, wet and windy days as well as heat-waves.
River and stream fishing, walking upstream, spotting and
stalking rainbows and browns, is a style of flyfishing often
referred to as "hunting" trout. Spotting trout
in fast waters or poor light conditions requires many years
experience and is a skill top New Zealand guides excel at.
Whenever possible the dry fly is used, however as 80% of
trout feeding is on nymphs near or on the river bed, logically
weighted nymphs will have a higher success rate.
The key to flyfishing success in New Zealand is accuracy
and presentation. Our true wild strain trout generally do
not tolerate sloppy casting. Both presentation and drift
are essential and it certainly makes for challenging and
exciting fishing. Nearly always we cast to visible trout
and having guided and fished extensively overseas I can
say that there is nothing to compare with this style of
New Zealand flyfishing.
The Twizel area offers the anglers a variety of fishing
opportunities from spring creeks and gentle streams to larger
rivers, all well stocked with prime rainbow and brown trout.
All this with the world famous Southern Alps and Mt Cook
as a backdrop. The huge watershed of the Southern Alps provides
sparkling,crystal clear, cool waters, the perfect habitat
for trout. The region also has one of New Zealands most
INTERNATIONALY FAMOUS TROUT RIVERS
The Tekapo River is a braided river system that drains from
Lake Tekapo and flows 25 kilometers before entering Lake Benmore.
The best fishing is to found below the confluence of the Maryburn
and Gray Rivers, which are themselves both very high quality
fisheries. The Tekapo River holds one of New Zealand's highest
numbers of good sized Brown and Rainbow Trout. This river
is willow lined offering trout both shade and security. By
New Zealand standards this river has prolific numbers of both
Mayfly and Caddis so the visiting angler can expect some hatches
through the day, especially early and late in the season when
water temperatures are lower.The Ahuriri River
The Ahuriri River is very aesthetically pleasing, especially
in the upper headwaters. It is a meduim sized river rising
in the Southern Alps and flowing through tussock open country
before emptying (as does the Tekapo River) into Lake Benmore.
The lower section to 10 kilometers above the lake is not unlike
the Tekapo River with very high trout numbers of average size.
Similar files to those used on the Tekapo River are successful
here. The upper reaches are known for their trophy Brown Trout.Trout
numbers are not high however trout there are not only large
but particularly beautiful and usually in magnificent condition.
These are very wary fish as their size would suggest, but
the skilled and patient angler will be rewarded. Very exciting
fishing can be had when the cicadas are on the water in mid
February to early March. Believe me, nothing gets the adrenalin
going more than the sight of a large Brown rising from the
depths of a crystal clear pool some 8 to 10 feet deep, to
suck in a large 8-10 Terrestial pattern.
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO FISH
February to March is my
favourite time to be on the river. Fly hatches are not as
prolific here and the fish are more opportunist feeders,
so presentaion rather than fly pattern is the essential
What is the best time of the season? The beginning
of the season can be very good. Early November December
the fish are hungry and general in pretty good condition.
The weather however can be a bit wild, being close to the
mountains Sunny mornings followed by snow, not uncommon.
January February the caddis start hatching out in the high
country, which can be loads of fun. Good dry fly time. March
April generally will find you along on the rivers, Aprils
is begging to get a bit colder, but lovely mornings and
warm afternoons, the weather is more stable.
2) What to bring. The weather in the early
part of the season can often be unpredictable with sunny
skies in he morning followed by snow in the afternoon. Foul
weather gear a must. A second rod in the case of one breaking
4,5, and 6 are fine selection, though at times a heavy rod
in the wind can be best. Recommend having darker lines,
the bright colors very visible to fish.
3) The invasive alga didymo. Please log
on a read the information regarding the spreading of the
Welcome to Bodhitrout - Twizel, the home of
world class fly fishing in New Zealand's South
Island - Mackenzie Basin. It has been said that
there are enough streams and rivers here to
fish new water for 6 years or more. All Waters
hold both wild Rainbow and wild Brown Trout.
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I believe that spotting is the paramount requisite
of guiding but also being an astute tactician
is a must in this day and age. I am confident
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a no hook-up, no fee policy when guiding 1 person
for a full day regardless of fishing ability.
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