Fly fishing in New Zealand could just be the adventure you’ve long been waiting for.  However, as you aim for such style of sight fishing, you’d be better be aware of the challenges that await you master the tricks of the trade. Thus, to make the most out of your fishing experience, learn as much techniques as you can, and who knows, you just might be in for a HUGE catch!

Spotting your catch

Locating your target would have to be your first step in fly fishing. Now how do you spot your catch when the fish is quite deeper than expected and the background is dark? Since a lot of fishes have their own camouflage mechanisms, you’d better exercise your detective skills to catch them with ease. Moreover, you’d better time your fishing when the sun is high and when it’s midday. Also have your polaroid glasses ready. You might just spot that big catch, most especially on that bright sunny day.

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Once you locate the fish, catch it from behind (since it has a blind spot there). Be very careful while doing it though as you can get really close to it too.


To cast with ease, try casting accurately with a short up to medium distance. In doing so, you need to show the fly ahead of your fish by letting it drift down naturally. Using less false casts would likewise be better, together with windy conditions (which make casting a bit easier for you).

Fly lines

Due to the water’s clarity, fish would easily notice strange coloured fly lines above them. Thus, to keep them camouflaged, stick to natural or dull-coloured ones. Along with this, you’ll also benefit from a leader that’s 12 to 16 feet. I’d suggest having a hand-tied leader in this case.

Your fly must reach farther than the fish’s location so as not to scare it away. In case you’re using a nymph, also consider its length – that it’s far ahead of the fish. In this way, your line’s floating section would likewise be situated behind the fish, not scaring it away.

Note that your first cast is very important for you to land that BIG catch, so make the most of it through the fly. Also learn that after every cast, you are decreasing your chances of catching by 50%.