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An Orvis endorsed guide can help you have a successful fly fishing experience fishing for Brown And Rainbow Trout

Half Day Fly fishing for beginners and experienced anglers.

Fishing can be a fun and rewarding experience, but it’s hard to know where to start if you’re a beginner. Even if you’ve done some fishing before, it can be tough to know what gear to use, where to go.

Guided Fly Fishing is the perfect for anyone looking for a successful half day on the water in some of the best fly fishing waters in Taupo.

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Get the perfect fly fishing trip customized for you. Our experienced guides will make sure you have everything you need for a successful day on the water.

Experience fly fishing in Lake Taupo

Taupo is fly fishing heaven, and at Chris Jolly Outdoors, we have the experience and knowledge to make your fly fishing trip one to remember. For over 40 years, we have been guiding fly fishers of all levels to the best spots in Taupo.

We know how to put you on the fish. We supply all the necessary equipment, from waders and rods to tackle, so all you need to bring is your sense of adventure.

Tongariro fly fishing New Zealand

Taupo Fly fishing trips for beginners

Our Half day guided trips are the perfect way to get introduced to this amazing sport, Our experienced guides will teach you everything you need to know to catch trout.

You’ll learn about fly selection, casting, knot tying, and everything else you need to know to fly fish like a pro. And best of all, you’ll experience the thrill of hooking into a big rainbow trout. book your fly fishing trip today!

Chris Jolly Outdoors knows all the best spots for fly fishing in Taupo. Our trout fishing charters are perfect for anglers of all levels of experience.

We know all the best spots in Taupo

Taupo is well-known for its fly fishing, and at Chris Jolly Outdoors, we know all the best spots. Our trout fishing charters in Taupo are perfect for anglers of all levels of experience, from beginners to experts.

Our Orvis-endorsed guides will show you the best locations for fly fishing and provide an unforgettable experience.

Gear Recommendations:

In Summer we recommend wearing:

  • Rubber-soled boots, with plastic studs if possible.
  • Light layers, a fleece/light jersey in case of a bit of breeze in the shade.

In Winter we recommend wearing

  • Thermal layers, preferably wool-based
  • A winter hat and gloves.
  • We provide outerwear but you are welcome to bring your own gear if you have it.

We will provide for you:

  • Orvis endorsed fishing guide
  • Fishing Licences
  • Orvis approved rods, reels, waders, boots and jackets (if needed).
  • Pick up and drop off from your accommodation to the fishing grounds
  • Required flies and leaders
  • Beverages during the day
  • 4 hours including travel time fly fishing in the Tongariro River of Taupō New Zealand

With Chris Jolly you always get:

  • English speaking guides
  • No dangerous game in NZ
  • No poisonous insects or snakes (no snakes at all) or spiders
  • Rivers are Fly Fishing only
  • You’ll always receive the best Kiwi Hospitality!
"My husband was over the moon at actually landing a trout and it has kickstarted his enthusiasm to get back into trout fishing again"
Rainbow trout in Taupo NZ

Lake Taupo

Lake Taupo is a large, deep lake on the North Island of New Zealand. It is the largest lake by surface area in New Zealand,  It is one of the most popular spots in New Zealand for fly fishing, as the clear waters and abundant insect life make for excellent conditions.

The Taupo region is also home to several other lakes, all of which offer great fly fishing opportunities. Taupo is an ideal destination for a fly fishing adventure.

"we had an outstanding guide and we thoroughly enjoyed hanging out with him"
he Taupō region is a fly fisherman's paradise, with over 600 kilometers of fishable water. Whether you're a seasoned angler or just getting started, there is a Chris jolly guided tour for you.

The Taupō Fly Fishing Season

The Taupō region is a fly fisherman’s paradise, there are plenty of local rivers and streams (river headwaters may be closed between May and late October). And for those who really want to test their skills, the backcountry rivers are open from December through April.

No matter what your level of experience, there is a Chris jolly guided tour for you. So come on out and enjoy the amazing fly fishing that Taupō has to offer!

At Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Guides, we only use the best quality equipment to ensure a successful fishing day.

World-renowned for its dry fly fishing.

This is because the clear water and large insect populations make for ideal conditions. While nymph and streamer fishing can also be productive, many anglers come to Taupō specifically for dry fly fishing.

If you’re new to the sport, don’t worry your guides will be happy to teach you the basics and help you get started.

Tongariro river in Taupo with Trout

40 Years of Fly Fishing Expertise

For over 40 years, Chris Jolly Outdoors has been helping anglers to experience the thrill of trout fishing in Lake Taupo. As one of New Zealand’s oldest and most experienced fly-fishing guide.

We know all the best spots and can provide you with everything you need to make your trout fishing adventure a success.

An Orvis endorsed guide can help you have a successful fly fishing experience fishing for Brown And Rainbow Trout

Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Guides

Here at Chris Jolly, we are proud to be an Orvis Endorsed Operation. Our guides are trout fishing experts who have been hand-selected by us to provide you with the very best trout fishing experience possible.

With years of experience and deep respect for natural resources, our guides will take you to some of the most beautiful and pristine trout fishing spots in all of Taupo.

Chris Jolly Outdoors uses the best quality equipment to provide a great fly fishing experience for their clients.

We only use the best quality equipment

At Chris Jolly Outdoors, we only use the best quality equipment. We’re proud to be Orvis Endorsed. which means we use Orvis rods, reels, waders, and boots.

We believe in using the best possible equipment so that our clients can have the best possible experience fly fishing in Lake Taupo.

A Fly Fishing Guide With Many Years Of Experience

Tailor-made Trips for the Individual Angler

Fly fishing is a unique and rewarding experience, but it can also be intimidating for newcomers.  We’ll take into account your level of experience, and the fishing techniques you are comfortable with. we create a custom itinerary that will help you make the most of your time on the water.

If you’re looking for a fly fishing adventure that’s just for you, give us a call today.

Explore the wonders fly fishing in  Lake Taupō has to offer, enquire now.

What We Offer

  • Private charter boats with catering/bar/fishing equipment and crew
  • Access to private land, water and know-how of local’s secret spaces
  • Functions, corporate events & team building

Reliable & Experienced

  • Over forty years in the central North Island tourism industry
  • We’re a family business, with local Taupō knowledge
  • Our staff are experienced adventure experts

Adventure Qualified

  • 5 Star Rated Gold Qualmark
  • Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Guides
  • Trip Advisor’s Travellers Choice 2023
  • Partnered with Ngāti Tūwharetoa

Your Taupō Activity Partner

From beautiful lake views, to fishing crystal pools, to scenic hikes in the central North Island wilderness; Chris Jolly Outdoors are the go-to guides to tick off that bucket list.

In Taupō, the adventure possibilities are truly endless. We guarantee one thing – we’ll create a memorable experience for you that you’ll treasure forever.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have transport available?

Yes, we have helicopter transfers available from anywhere in NZ but can also arrange vehicle transfers from Auckland International or Taupo domestic terminals. Our hunting and fishing guided tours have helicopter options to them, with our hunting grounds being either a 90 minute drive or a 25 minute flight from Taupo CBD.

Where is the best fly fishing in NZ?

Right here with Chris Jolly Outdoors on Lake Taupō and the surrounding river mouths.

When is the best time to go fly fishing in Taupō?

From May through to October, the trout spawning gears up and runs upstream into the Taupo rivers. From May onwards and through the following months of winter is a top time to head to fish Lake Taupo and its rivers. If you want a large trophy or very tasty Rainbow or Brown Trout, this is the time to gear up and go!

What is the maximum group size?

We can accommodate groups of all sizes, contact us about your group’s requirements and we can tailor a trip to suit you.

Do I need experience to go fly fishing in Taupō?

You don’t need any experience to go fly fishing with Chris Jolly Outdoors. Whether you’re an experienced fisherman looking to catch a trophy trout, or a beginner wanting to learn the basics of fly fishing, we have an adventure for you.

Can I bring my own equipment?

Yes, you are welcome to bring your own equipment! Anything you don’t have, we can supply for the best fishing experience.

What should I wear for fly fishing?

In summer we recommend wearing rubber-soled boots, with plastic studs if possible, and light layers of clothing and bring a fleece or light jersey just in case.

In winter we recommend wearing thermal layers, preferably wool-based, winter hat and gloves. We provide outerwear but you are welcome to bring your own gear if you have it.

What is the best way to learn fly fishing?

Practice makes progress! We recommend learning how to fly fish on a half-day fly fishing experience with a Chris Jolly Orvis Endorsed guide.

Do I need a license to go fly fishing in Taupō?

Yes, you will need a New Zealand Sports Fishing Licence. We will supply all required licenses on our guided trips.

Can I wear felt-soled boots while fly fishing?

No. Felt-soled boots are banned in New Zealand as they can contribute to the spread of invasive species in our waterways. Learn more on the Fish and Game NZ site.

Do I need to clean my gear before and after fly fishing?

If you have fished in other waterways, you should always Check, Clean, Dry your kit to protect the waterways from invasive species.

Check – remove debris from your equipment. Clean – wash gear with detergent. Dry – If cleaning’s impractical, dry the item then leave drying for an additional 48 hours.

Learn more on the Fish and Game NZ site.

What clothing is best for hiking, hunting, fishing or being outdoors in Taupō?

Conditions are changeable in Taupō, so it’s best to be prepared! The locals joke that Taupō can have four seasons in a day!

  • Hiking boots with good ankle support and grip, or other sturdy footwear
  • Sun hat or warm beanie – pack one and wear the other
  • Sunglasses – wear or pack, NZ has harsh sunlight
  • Gloves in polypropylene/wool – wear or pack for winter
  • Socks in polypropylene or wool (a spare pair is always a good idea)

Layer up your clothes:

  • Base layer – top and leggings in polypropylene/wool, quick dry shorts or pants
  • Mid layer – long-sleeved top in wool or polar fleece – wear or pack depending on the weather
  • Exterior layer – Wind and waterproof jacket with hood – wear or pack depending on the weather (waterproof overtrousers optional)

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