Two of the Best Fly Fishing Rivers in the World
Here are descriptions of two famous local rivers - the Tekapo and the Ahuriri Rivers. Both are internationally famous river systems, and popular with both visiting overseas anglers and New Zealand flyfishermen.
The Tekapo River
The Tekapo River is a braided river system that drains from Lake Tekapo and flows 25 kilometers before entering Lake Benmore. The best fishing is to found below the confluence of the Maryburn and Gray Rivers, which are themselves both very high quality fisheries. The Tekapo River holds one of New Zealand's highest numbers of good sized Brown and Rainbow Trout. This river is willow lined offering trout both shade and security. By New Zealand standards this river has prolific numbers of both Mayfly and Caddis so the visiting angler can expect some hatches through the day, especially early and late in the season when water temperatures are lower.
My favourite flies for this river are:
Early in the season we often use a tandem rig, usually a Royal Wulf and a Nymph on a dropper 3 ft below. We have great success fishing the ripples and runs with this setup.
The Ahuriri River
The Ahuriri River is very aesthetically pleasing, especially in the upper headwaters. It is a meduim sized river rising in the Southern Alps and flowing through tussock open country before emptying (as does the Tekapo River) into Lake Benmore. The lower section to 10 kilometers above the lake is not unlike the Tekapo River with very high trout numbers of average size. Similar files to those used on the Tekapo River are successful here. The upper reaches are known for their trophy Brown Trout.Trout numbers are not high however trout there are not only large but particularly beautiful and usually in magnificent condition. These are very wary fish as their size would suggest, but the skilled and patient angler will be rewarded. Very exciting fishing can be had when the cicadas are on the water in mid February to early March. Believe me, nothing gets the adrenalin going more than the sight of a large Brown rising from the depths of a crystal clear pool some 8 to 10 feet deep, to suck in a large 8-10 Terrestial pattern.
February to March is my favourite time to be on the river. Fly hatches are not as prolific here and the fish are more opportunist feeders, so presentaion rather than fly pattern is the essential element.
I have given only the briefest description of these two rivers, please contact me for more detailed information. Our season is now at a close and reopens in November when I will bring you regular updates on these two rivers throughout the season.