Most people’s year begins on 1 January, ours starts 1 October, the opening of the new trout season in New Zealand. We’ve hardly had a winter – only one big snowfall in three months – so everything in Nature is about a month or more early. It’s been remarkable to start the new trout season with dry fly, straight up!
I’m pleased to announce that beginning from this season, and due to requests from the readers, I’ll be offering a limited number of guided/hosted fly fishing safaris in New Zealand. If you’ve liked my books and want to experience some of the magic of the Trout Diaries and Trout Bohemia, come fishing with us. You will find details and rates on my Guided Fly Fishing page here
We roam widely and wildly during our trout safaris, following the season to wherever the fishing and river conditions are best. Multi-day hikes in the backcountry, riverside campouts, Southland’s fabulous dry fly, lake-edge stillwater, winter river-mouth drop-off fishing. There are over 300 trout rivers in the South Island alone, and the North is like another trout country again.
‘I couldn’t live in New Zealand. I’d just fish, fish and fish every day. I’d never get anything else done.’ PJ Jacobs, the editor of The Complete Fly Fisherman
If you are planning a fly fishing trip to New Zealand and want to immerse yourself in the trout magic of this country do get in touch. Come fishing with me or, if I’m not available, I can put you in contact with my fellow guides and friends who will help make your trip a memorable pilgrimage.
Come join us in the trout fishers’ paradise!