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Tongariro Lodge, New Zealand Preseason Report

Tongariro Lodge October 17, 2023

Our friends at Tongariro Lodge on the North Island of New Zealand recently sent us the preseason report.


The Fly Fishing prospects for this summer are excellent. Fly Fishing for winter run trout in the Tongariro river and all Taupo tributaries has once again been truly outstanding for both size and numbers and a good amount of these winter/spring run fish will once again stay in the local rivers over summer. We have had a dry winter so far with no major floods and the long range forecast is for a dry summer.

Backcountry streams outside of the Taupo rivers and streams are now open. The resident rainbows and the browns are feeding very aggressively. It is quite a sight to watch a feeding trout move 10 feet to engulf your fly! By November the days are long and the sun is higher, making spotting and stalking conditions ideal. November to March is the prime time for dry-fly and for wet wading up a stream and casting to sighted fish. Fishing with cicada imitations is considered by both clients and guides to be the ultimate dry fly experience — double digit browns (over 10-pounds) are landed on the Tongariro River every summer.

Helicopter options can be fantastic early season October through December. Tongariro Lodge has special access to large areas of private land, that provide anglers with helicopter access to fourteen wilderness rivers, that provide up to 60-kilometres of trophy fly fishing for brown and rainbows.

The first of December is opening day on the isolated upper reaches of the Tongariro and Taupo tributaries. This always provides great angling for trout who have not seen a fisherman for six months. A wilderness rafting trip on the upper Tongariro offers spectacular fishing all summer.

Currently, lodge guides provide access to over 30 rivers and three lakes via 4-wheel drive vehicles, helicopters, rafts and boats. Tongariro Lodge guides provide some of New Zealand’s very best fly fishing, scenery and catch rates of feisty rainbows and large trophy browns.

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