If you are planning to stay at a fishing lodge in New Zealand be prepared to be educated by expert guides, on the best places to find the best catch. It doesn’t matter whether you are a beginner or experienced fisherman, fishing lodge hosts can help you locate the all important secret fishing spots and give you useful information about the conditions you can expect out on the lakes and rivers.
Of course if you are an experienced fly fisherman, selecting a suitable place to stay shouldn’t be a problem. You’ll know right away how to find a place that provides the right kind of information to you, as well as supply any gear you may need. If you are slightly less experienced however, here are some useful things to check out as you make your bookings.
In New Zealand you cannot fish without a permit. Ask your lodge if they can help you arrange this. You can also ask what, in the way of fishing supplies, they provide. You may not want to carry your rods around with you as you travel, so having ones to use there can be helpful.
As well as providing breakfasts, some will provide packed lunches for your days out near the water. This can save you time and you’ll be able to replenish all the energy you’re expending hooking all those marvelous fish. A boutique style fishing lodge in New Zealand will pride itself on providing you with a high standard of care and ensure your tummies are well fed!
You’ll also want to have your catch well looked after when you return. If you want to enjoy it the old fashioned way, eating it fresh on the day you caught it, then many lodges offer either a hand in cooking it, or smoking it. Otherwise they can help you package it up for safe travels.
After a long day out on the river you’ll want to get a good nights sleep. Select a place to stay that provides a great retreat from the hustle and bustle of the world, with only the sounds of nature to rouse you from your sleep.
Above all else, when booking a fishing lodge in New Zealand make sure you’ve got a host who knows the pull of the water and the fish below it. There is nothing nicer than sitting down at the end of a long day, enjoying a good old fashioned fishing yarn about the ones who got away.