The ultimate fly fishing experience is being surrounded by spectacular scenery and casting a dry fly over a big, wild trout in a crystal clear mountain stream. At Poronui we aim to give our guests that opportunity every day.
Walking and 4WD access
All of our guides operate modern off-road vehicles, and can drive you to much of the best water. The easily accessible waters offer an opportunity for the classic fly fishing experience of stalking and sight casting to trophy browns and rainbows in shallow, clear water.
Vast areas of New Zealand are wilderness, and many of our streams remain relatively untrodden - hardly known to other anglers because getting there is just too difficult. We offer guests daily float trips onto these waters with our licensed rafting guides. For the more adventurous angler, seeking the ultimate outdoor experience, we suggest staying overnight at one of our streamside camps. The experience of a star-littered sky above, the crackling of the campfire, the taste of bush brewed coffee and the sound of nearby flowing water - holding the promise of tomorrow - is unbeatable.
The helicopters based at Poronui provide easy flights to many of New Zealand’s most famous mountain streams. While legendary rivers like the Ngaruroro and the Rangitikei are just in the next valley, there are many more remote streams that go unnoticed, and unfished, only a short flight away.
While it is not necessary to fly by helicopter to experience great fly fishing at Poronui Ranch, a flight into the surrounding mountains is the ultimate exhilarating experience for the dedicated angler. You can expect to find idyllic fishing waters, wonderful wild trout and magnificent scenery. Two helicopters are based at Poronui. The pilots have an intimate knowledge of the mountain canyons, gullies and streams. They skillfully deposit guests, guides and equipment into otherwise daunting terrain.
Helicopter fly-outs have the advantage of providing our guests with a huge variety of angling opportunities every day of the season. The remote mountain freestone streams offer an opportunity for the classic fly fishing experience and anglers can expect to fish in seclusion and cast to resident wild fish that have rarely seen a dry fly.
When fishing conditions get tough in the lower waters (for example, after rains, or early in the season when river levels may be too high) the mountain headwaters are often in pristine condition. The helicopters get anglers to these superior conditions effortlessly and quickly.
Some of these smaller mountain catchments offer very easy walking along grassy banks with shallow wading between quiet pools and runs. Here a big dry fly floated through a riffle will usually induce a dramatic take.
The Ultimate Challenge
A longer flight by helicopter deep into the mountains will uncover some of the most legendary and challenging fly fishing in New Zealand. These are trophy waters where huge trout cautiously cruise in deep clear pools. These fish are generally not easy to catch - the angling can be technically difficult - demanding stealth, knowledge of the current, and accuracy of your cast. But when all these factors combine, the reward is likely to be the catch of a lifetime.
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