Guided Fly Fishing Taranaki provides professional expert guided fly fishing services in the
Taranaki region 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 28 years fly fishing experience and over 13 years guiding experience in the tourism industry.
Adam is Taranaki's only accredited New Zealand Professional Fishing Guide Association member.
Experience the superb, unpressured 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
Fly Fishing and the Taranaki Region
Fly Fishing Taranaki
Taranaki's unpressured fly fishing opportunities
The Taranaki region 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)
* 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.
* 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
Adam grew up fly fishing the rivers, streams and lakes of Taranaki and New Zealand, where he developed a passion for this recreation and a keen interest in ecology.
Over the years Adam has been employed in many guiding roles within the tourism industry.
These roles include professional heli-fly fishing guide for the famous Cedar Lodge ( Makarora NZ), Guide for extended camel treks (central and southern Australia) and Interpretive Whale Watching Guide ( Head of Bight, South Australia).
More recently Adam has been employed by the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (South Australia) as a Adventure Caving Guide and Interpretive Officer.
Through his experiences Adam has developed a detailed knowledge of the natural world around him.
He possesses an intricate understanding of seasons, geographical and ecological factors crucial for planning successful days of fly fishing on the river or lake.
Adam takes his role as guide seriously and is dedicated to maximizing your angling experience. Although based in Taranaki, Adam is very knowledgeable about nearly all trout fishing areas of New Zealand.
Adam has other hobbies, which include salt water fly fishing, fly tying, snow skiing and surfing.
All images are from the Taranaki region of New Zealand