Category Archives: New Zealand Fishing Flies


How to tie 81 New Zealand Fishing Flies. Currently photographs and tying instructions for 81 New Zealand fly patterns. Dry Flies, Nymphs, Wet Flies, and Feathered Lures (also known as streamers) – for trout and salmon fishing.

Wiggle Legs Bluebottle Pheasant Tail Nymph for the Twizel Canals

Blue Bottle Nymph Fly

Wiggle Legs Bluebottle Pheasant Tail Nymph Start with strong size 8 hook. Nymphs are often overlooked by anglers new to trout fishing and fly tying. Perhaps the reason is that they are so small alongside a feathered lure we might wonder how a trout or salmon can even see them. Trout in particular typically feed on small insects. Mostly they do this More...

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Black Tungsten Bead Head Attractor Nymph
By Allan Burgess On Wednesday, May 9th, 2018
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Black Tungsten Bead Head Attractor Nymph

Black Tungsten Bead Head Attractor Nymph The Black Tungsten Bead Head Attractor Nymph is quite simply to tie. It is an effective pattern for deep water fishing. This nymph pattern has proven deadly on big rainbows More...

A small Clutha rainbow is carefully released after taking a deadly Hamill's Killer. Featured image.
By Allan Burgess On Saturday, April 7th, 2018
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Never Fail with Killer Patterns – Fly fishing the Clutha River

Home » New Zealand Fishing Flies » Page 2 Never Fail with Killer Patterns – Fly Fishing the Clutha with the “across and down method” by Dick Marquand A small Clutha rainbow is carefully released More...

Hamills Killer
By Allan Burgess On Thursday, December 21st, 2017
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Hamills Killer Trout Fly with John Hey

Tail: black squirrel tail and some patterns have a few strands of golden pheasant tippets. Hamills Killer is a “must have” Trout Fly for fishing in New Zealand  Tying the Hamills Killer pattern. More...

Doll Fly featured image.
By Allan Burgess On Monday, December 4th, 2017
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Luminous Trout Flies – Doll Fly – Malcolm Bell video on Night Fishing

Home » New Zealand Fishing Flies » Page 2 Doll flies with bodies of Aurora skirt strip work very well on trout after dark. Luminous Trout Flies Luminous Trout Flies. Fishing at night with luminous flies, More...

McDonald Mudeye Nymph, brown version. Ideally the body should be flattened. Featured image.
By Allan Burgess On Sunday, November 26th, 2017
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McDonald Mudeye Nymph – An Easy Fly to Tie Yet Deadly on Trout

McDonald Mudeye Nymph by Dick Marquand McDonald Mudeye Nymph, brown version. Ideally, the body should be flattened. McDonald Mudeye. I can remember a few years ago, cleaning a large trout that I had caught in Lake More...

Fuzzy Wuzzy Trout Lure
By Allan Burgess On Saturday, June 17th, 2017
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Fuzzy Wuzzy Trout Lure by Fred Fletcher, Waitahanui Lodge, Lake Taupo

Home » New Zealand Fishing Flies » Page 2 Fuzzy Wuzzy is a trout egg imitation fly Fuzzy Wuzzy trout lure. The Fuzzy Wuzzy was created by the late Fred Fletcher to imitate freshwater crayfish (koura) More...

Taupo Tiger featured image.
By Allan Burgess On Thursday, June 1st, 2017
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Taupo Tiger Trout Fishing Lure – Badger hackles and red head

Home » New Zealand Fishing Flies » Page 2 Taupo Tiger Trout Fly must have a red head! The Taupo Tiger comes in many different body colours nowadays but to be a Taupo Tiger it must have a wing of dark centred badger More...

Cicada
By Allan Burgess On Sunday, February 26th, 2017
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Cicada Trout Dry Fly Fishing with Ian Cole – Plus MP3 of Cicada Singing

Home » New Zealand Fishing Flies » Page 2 Cicada is a large flying insect This cicada was caught in Hagley Park, central Christchurch, during mid-February. According to Te Ara – The Encyclopedia of New Zealand More...

Allan tying a yellow rabbit lure.
By Allan Burgess On Monday, July 4th, 2016
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Yellow Rabbit Streamer Fly or Lure – for trout and salmon fishing

Yellow Rabbit Lure – the best streamer fly for sea-run trout fishing Video Title: How to tie a Yellow Rabbit Trout Lure Video Guide. Video Description: How to tie a Yellow Rabbit Trout Lure. Easy More...

New Zealand Fishing Flies

 

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Nymphs

Wet Flies

Feathered Lures

New Zealand Fishing Flies

New Zealand Fishing Flies. October 2017 marked 150 years since brown trout were first introduced into New Zealand. Salmon were successfully introduced by 1905.

Initially, many anglers fished patterns that came over from the old country, England. Over time Kiwi anglers and fly tyers have managed to come up with a good number of trout and salmon fly patterns that have been well supported by other New Zealand anglers, and in some cases have spread around the globe.

There appears to have been two distinct areas from which most of our unique New Zealand Fishing Flies have emerged. First and foremost was the Central North Island. There are lure patterns like the Taupo Tiger, which according to the late Keith Draper, was the invention of James Ross of Napier in the early 1930s. It was originally known as the Tiger Ross. The Hamills Killer was the creation of Bill Hamill who established his business in Rotorua in 1955. Kilwell Sports also had a hand in marketing numerous new patterns.

A second distinct area from which many flies originated was Canterbury with patterns like Hope’s series created by David Hope, who had a bach at Selwyn Huts.

The home fly tyer has a big advantage as many of the patterns shown here are no longer available commercially.