Seasonal fishing: Turangi and Taupo region

Summer fishing: From December to March is the peak season for the ardent dry fly fisher, with abundant hatches of day flies, beetles, cicadas, mayflies, stoneflies and caddises offering all the diversity and challenge you could wish.

The best summer fly fishing is on back country rivers, and private farm land, which Ken has access to. However there is also plenty of sport to be had along the larger rivers, such as the Tongariro, Tauranga-Taupo and Hinemaiaia, if you know where to look. Pick times when there is plenty of water in the rivers. Use a 5 or 6 weight rod with a weight forward, floating line in a green or olive shade. Study the insect life with care to see what's hatching.

There is something in angling... that seems to produce a gentleness of spirit and a pure serenity of mind - Washington Irving

Winter fishing: From 1st June to 30th November, the upper parts of New Zealand's rivers are closed to angling to protect the trout while they are spawning.

The Taupo region is the exception as it has no closed season and many waters can be fished year-round. In the cooler months the nymph fishing and wet fly fishing is awesome in the lower sections of all the eastern tributaries of Lake Taupo, as wave after wave of well-conditioned fish make their migratory run upriver in response to the pulses of rainfall and fresh, cold water.

It is a magic season: morning mists deck the stream, melting in the rising sunlight to reveal vistas of autumnal gold or frosty alpine forests clad in pines or New Zealand native trees like the manuka, totara and manoao. The winter feeding habits of trout and river conditions are very different to those of summer and expert local knowledge makes a big difference in knowing where to fish, what tackle and flies to use. With Ken to guide you, you can be sure of finding the hot-spots.

Book your seasonal fishing trip with Ken Drummond - well in advance!

When fishes leap in silver stream we may then say that May is come. - John Clare c.1850