The 19th Commonwealth Fly Fishing Championships will be held in Taupo New Zealand from March 17th – 22nd, 2020.
New Zealand is a tiny country at the bottom of the world but anglers from everywhere look to New Zealand as the mecca of Fly-Fishing – undoubtedly it’s one of the world’s best wild trout fisheries. The thrill of Fly-fishing for large sighted trout amongst spectacular scenery is something not to be missed, it brings anglers back here year after year to stalk fish and test their skills.
Trout are plentiful throughout the country; Rivers, Lakes, backcountry streams and spring creeks all offer fantastic opportunities to fish for brown and rainbow trout. A lot of the fisheries in New Zealand are easily accessed via a public right of way and the Queens Chain. Others can usually be visited through landowner permission (please ask before crossing private land).
New Zealand is a safe place to visit; you can relax while fishing as we don’t have any wild animals that will kill you! Kiwis are friendly people and we enjoy sharing our country with visitors and showing off our heritage and unique culture. Make sure you take time to chat with the locals, not only are they friendly you might even learn about a secret place to fish.
The Commonwealth Championships will be held over three days, with two sessions per day. There will be one organised practise session with teams supplying their own transport. All of New Zealand’s lakes and rivers except those in use for the competition will be available for practice at no extra charge for as long as you wish to fish (with the required licences).
SFFNZ is looking forward to the event and is willing to assist teams in their preparation and practise. We want the championship to be conducted in the friendliest atmosphere possible. Come early and enjoy New Zealand’s outstanding beauty and our great fishery.
While in NZ many competitors may want to get out and explore the legendary backcountry fishing that this country is famous for, as shown here by Troutboyz taking on a North Island river, for some tricky, low water browns. Stunning scenery, sore legs and sand-flies… it’s all part of the experience on Latitude 40…
Showcasing the legendary Tongariro River which will be a venue for the Championships. Troutboyz captures what it’s all about, good mates, laughter and of course some trout thrown in! Join Mike Kirkpatrick, Matt Hince and Andrew Harding for a couple of days fishing based out of the small, central North Island town of Turangi.