David Profumo – New Zealand Trip Report

David Profumo – New Zealand Trip Report

We had the pleasure of putting together an extensive itinerary to both islands of New Zealand for leading UK fly fishing journalist David Profumo. David visited many of our favourite lodges and locations including Poronui and Tongariro Lodges on the North Island and Nokomai and Owen River Lodges on the South Island. You will be able to read David’s articles in the March and April issues of Country Life Magazine.

Here are David’s thought’s on the trip……

My first ever visit to New Zealand was a tremendous success – thank you so much for co-ordinating it all. My wife and I covered almost three thousand miles by road in three weeks, fishing the odd day here and there at Lodges recommended by you. I enjoyed them all, and even managed to catch trout in every place, too!
First off was Nokomai in the South – lovely and tranquil, with some good entry level browns (averaging two pounds) off the charming Mataura River. The long drought meant levels were low and the water overly warm, but there is a very good head of fish here, which we took on cicadas and willow grubs. Next was Owen River Lodge, which is impressively high end, with outstanding food and access to lots of nearby rivers – I had a challenging day on the Maruia, where nymphing with twin tungsten bead heads on twenty foot leaders was the order of the day, and I successfully spooked several nice fish in the six-pound class (the browns I did catch were as silver liveried as Scottish sea trout, and similarly acrobatic).
On the North island, we first stayed at Poronui Lodge, where we were entertained in great splendour. This is a truly spoiling experience, and most of the other guests were paying for daily heli-fishing fly outs, which has the benefit of fishing back country stretches that are rested for a fortnight between visits. I had a delightful day’s sight fishing on the Taharua spring creek, with diminutive dry patterns and would certainly recommend this destination if budget is not the main criterion. From there we drove to fish the fabled Tongariro River which runs into mighty Taupo – a white water rafting day proved the highlight here, with a dozen wild rainbows up to three pounds on indicator rigs and dries, and one good lake-run brownie to round things off.
What a country: it was everything I had hoped for , and next time I’m going back to hunt for one of those real Harvey Wallhanger trophies…

David Profumo, UK

Good Taharua brown

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