Guided Fly Fishing Taranaki provides professional expert guided fly fishing services in the
Taranaki and Taupo regions of New Zealand and beyond.
Guided Fly Fishing Taranaki caters for all levels of anglers, from beginners to expert, and adheres to an audited Health and Safety plan.
Your qualified guide is Adam Priest. He has over 30 years fly fishing experience and over 15 years guiding experience in the tourism industry.
Adam is Taranaki's only qualified, fully inducted New Zealand Professional Fishing Guide Association member.
Experience the superb, unpressured and uncrowded trout fishery of the beautiful Taranaki region!
Phone: 027 503 8335 or +64 27 503 8335 (if calling from overseas)
"Great fish!, great guide!"
Ken Holland, California, USA.
"We had a wonderful time visiting with you and look forward to a return trip someday. I really appreciated your guidance on this trip. It was really fun."
William L Winters, Texas, USA.
"My day fishing, with Adam, in the Taranaki region was one of the best fishing days in my life. Adam was very particular with the integrity of my line, changing flies often, until the right one would deliver.
Above all the fish did not seem to have been under a lot of pressure previously... I'll be back"
Gerard Gervaise, QLD, Australia- 27/01/2018
"Wow!!! That is the first comment that I'd like to make regarding my recent fly fishing experience with Adam Priest! What an adrenaline rush to hook, catch, or lose a hard fighting darting up river running trout. I hadn't fished for quite sometime due to some unfortunate circumstances. Adam couldn't have been more understanding as I regained my confidence and river legs. Fella knows his stuff and I learned plenty, as well as enjoyed his packed lunches and drinks prior to returning promptly to the absolutely phenomenal fishing. I caught and released some incredible fish like none before in my life! I am planning my next trip with Adam as Im writing this. Thanks Adam for a remarkable experience and see you soon I hope!
Jack Alvernaz, California, USA- 23/10/2018
"Adam had great local knowledge and experience in the area and was a pleasure to fish with. We caught plenty of trout and had an unforgettable day. I would definitely recommend Adam as a guide for anyone wanting to fly fish in New Zealand."
Dan de Jong, Tasmania, Australia- 5/11/2018
" We recently spent a day fly-fishing with Adam as our guide in Taranaki. Adam's ability to spot fish was incredible - even under adverse light conditions. It meant that we were usually casting to a specific fish throughout our day - very little prospecting or blind casting. Many times I could not see the fish even after Adam had identified its lie for me. I must confess there were times I doubted his spotting ability only to be proved wrong with a subsequent take!
His prowess at spotting was only matched by his patience and his active approach to the fishing. Being a husband and wife team who only fly-fish once a year, if that, our casting ability could do with some improvement (that's an understatement) - but Adam was extremely forgiving and supportive - nothing was too much trouble. He took us to a beautiful river and we were the only fishermen there. Lunch was excellent - a tasty roll with hot coffee. We had a great experience and can't wait to come back."
Peter and Sharon Baker, Freshwater, NSW, Australia- 25/02/2019
“Adam is an excellent guide and knows how to put you on the fish. I had my best day of fly fishing ever, a big brown and many large rainbows. He’s a fun companion and was very patient! I’m looking forward to my next trip.”
Kevin Attwood, California, USA- 3/4/2019
"My time with Adam fishing on the Tongariro was the highlight of my New Zealand vacation. He was punctual, well organized, patient, encouraging, engaged, excited about each and every catch, and had a fishing itinerary that was perfect. He instantly put me on some beautiful water with big fish and kept up the pressure all day long. It is obvious that he genuinely enjoys guiding. Outside of fishing, Adam is a wealth of knowledge about flora, fauna, and cultural issues. All-in-all, it was a perfect day spent with a great guy."
Scott White, Texas, California- 20/6/19
"Adam I wanted to let you know what a great time I had fishing with you in Taranaki and Turangi. I was struggling with the decision of whether I wanted to get a guide in New Zealand, being a guide in Montana for fifteen years made me feel like I shouldn't need a guide trout fishing. I'm sure glad I found you on the internet, saw our similar interests of fly fishing and surfing, which made me know we would have a good time. Not only did you put me in front of big beautiful trout constantly, but you were actually teaching me some different styles of fishing and techniques, something I wasn't expecting. Teaching an old dog some new tricks I was impressed. I will be back to stalk and catch some more big browns and rainbows with you sooner than you think."
Thanks again, Rob Warren, Founder and prior owner Bighorn River Country Lodge Montana- 7/1/2020
Angler Gerard Gervaise, Taranaki February 2019
Fly Fishing and the Taranaki Region
Fly Fishing Taranaki, North Island
Taranaki's unpressured and uncrowded fly fishing opportunities
The Taranaki region situated on the central west coast of New Zealand's North Island offers excellent fly fishing for trout, with more than 40 small to medium sized streams and rivers that originate from Egmont National Park to choose from.
Many more rivers in this region originate from Tongariro National Park.
Guided fly fishing Taranaki is based, but not limited to the region of Taranaki. We operate out of Oakura, close to the city of New Plymouth, so most guided day trips focus on the rivers in the Taranaki ringplain.
Trout waters straight off the majestic Mount Taranaki
These rivers and streams offer excellent sight fishing for both brown and rainbow trout, though brown trout are more abundant. Average trout size in Taranaki is about 1.5kg, though there are many larger fish up to 4.5kg.
Fishing in Taranaki offers a very scenic experience with a mix of native trees, lush green pastures, birdlife and the beautiful cone shaped Mount Taranaki as a stunning backdrop to your day out.
This region does not experience as much angling pressure as many other regions in New Zealand, meaning fish can be less spooky and easier to catch!
Guided Fly Fishing Taranaki practises and promotes catch and release fishing for sustainable fisheries.
Adam also guides in the Waikato region, central north island(Taupo region) and on the Tongariro river.
Activities for non-fishing partners in Taranaki
Lots to see and do!
There are many activities and attractions in this region.
Gardens including the world famous Pukeiti Gardens (rhododendrons and native plants and trees) and Pukekura Park.
Puke Ariki museum.
Art galleries in New Plymouth including the highly acclaimed Len Lye and Govett Brewster gallery.
Many cafes, restaurants and shops in New Plymouth.
Quality hikes in the beautiful Egmont National Park.
Foreshore walk in New Plymouth.
Many safe patrolled swimming beaches with surprisingly warm water in the summer months (wetsuits not needed).
Excellent surf breaks.
Womad Festival in march.
Taranaki arts trail.
Good salt water fishing.
Many golf courses.
Fly fishing equipment Provided
Your guide will provide the following equipment
* Quality rods (you can use your own if you prefer)
* Quality reels
* Gravel guards
* All tackle
Other equipment needed
You will need to provide the following equipment
* Waders early and late season (October and April). Limited sizes are available
* Sturdy pair of boots (Kiwis usually wet wade from November to April). At the height of summer rocks in Taranaki rivers can become slippery with algae so a good pair of non-felt soled boots is essential. Limited sizes are available.
* Recommended clothing: merino/polypropelene thermals as a base layer, quick dry shorts or long pants, quick dry shirt and fleece jumper, waterproof shell jacket. All these items of clothing are recommended to carry on a day's fishing as Taranaki's weather can be very changeable.
* Polaroid sunglasses
* You can use all your own fishing equipment if you wish.
* Drink bottle
Tongariro river and Taupo Region
Great Lake Taupo is the second largest lake in Oceania and since the release of trout in the late 1800s the lake and its tributaries has proven itself as one of the best trout fisheries in the world.
Lake Taupo's major tributary the mighty Tongariro river has attracted anglers from all over the world for many years.
Whether its to fish for the resident fish during the summer months or to fish for spawning run fish in the winter months the fishing is excellent and much of the river is open year round.
For more information on the Tongariro river and Taupo region and guided options and rates please click on photo below or link above.
All images are from the Taranaki region of New Zealand
For more information use the links provided
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