Taste for Trout
New Zealand’s trophy trout fishing is popular with anglers from all over the world who travel to the North Island for lake fishing and to the South Island for sight fishing, and for often above-average sized trout. “Trout in the 2kg range are common and they will gladly take well-presented dry flies or nymphs,” explains New Straits Times reporter and amateur angler Seet Cher Hung. “If you are lucky, you might hook a few bigger ones, those that are up to 5kg. Fly-in trips are unique to New Zealand because of the wide expanse of terrain not accessible by land vehicles or even on foot. These trips are usually done using helicopters, allowing you to access rarely fished areas which can sometimes turn out to be the ultimate trout fishing adventure.” The trout fishing season in New Zealand begins on October 1 and ends on April 30.