So you want to catch record breaking brown trout and rainbow trout in the presence of New Zealand’s most remote and dramatic back country rivers and streams. Fly Fishing amongst the North Islands bush clad streams and the snow fed rivers of the South Island. Well you’ve come to the right place.
Luxury Adventures offers the ultimate in New Zealand Trout fishing. New Zealand has a reputation for “trophy” sized Brown and Rainbow Trout. Generally the average catch is 3-5 pounds, however trophy fish of 10 pounds and over are caught every year. Combining the use of the most experienced and successful fishing guides with access to very isolated waterways ensures you’ll experience trout fishing at its greatest. Incorporating a helicopter also opens up literally hundreds of potentially untouched rivers and streams, thus dramatically increasing your chances of a trophy trout.
You can fish both the North and South Island’s whilst staying in the most exclusive and luxurious super lodges in New Zealand. Dining in any of these exclusive Lodges is an occasion unto itself; with chefs who will cook your catch of the day to perfection with superbly matched pacific-rim cuisine and New Zealand wine will leave you savoring the moment. We can tailor a range of options for you… whether you want to catch Rainbow or Brown trout, heli fishing or boat fish the choice is yours simply contact us to discuss your requirements.
Brown Trout: The New Zealand brown trout is world renowned for their huge size. These lively fish are 3-4 lbs- 2 kg on average and is not uncommon for trophy fish of double figures to be caught. This is the lure for all anglers, the challenge of catching a New Zealand South Island brown trout. Brown trout were first introduced in 1867 from Tasmania, are the predominate species and are widely distributed throughout the South Island of New Zealand. Most streams and rivers are not stocked with trout. These are all wild fish, there are not high numbers hence they grow to incredible size as there is limited competition for their food.
Rainbow Trout: Home to the Rainbow trout is the cold glacial fed lakes, rivers and spring streams. Rainbow trout is given its name because of its coloration. Light in colour they camouflage well making stalking these fish exciting as they try to outwit the cunning angler. For the fly fisher we have some extremely huge rainbows in small creeks, you’ll enjoy the challenge! There are areas that hold only rainbows, with areas that have both resident rainbow and brown trout. Rainbow Trout were introduced from Somona Creek, San Francisco, in 1877.
King Salmon ‘Quinnat’: The King Salmon ‘Quinnat’ feed out in the Pacific Ocean and return to the East Coast rivers of the South Island for there upstream journey to spawn. Quinnat, King or Chinook Salmon were introduced from the West Coast of North America in 1901 and liberated into the Waitaki River on the east coast of the South Island. Lake fish are much smaller than the ocean feeding salmon and have an average weight of 1kg – 2-3lb. The sea-run salmon are present in many South Island rivers with the largest runs of salmon coming up the Rakaia river. The weight of the salmon varies from season to season with salmon weighing 4kg-10lb and can grow to 16kg-35lb.