At Poronui the atmosphere is relaxed and informal. Neat, casual clothing is most appropriate. A sweater or jacket is useful for cooler evenings, or for BBQ's or dining in our wine cellar.
During the summer months most professional fishing guides wade wet. The uniform of choice is a pair of long johns under quick drying shorts. Early or late season lightweight goretex (or similar) waders are the most practical. Clothing is best layered, with a T-shirt under a long sleeved shirt and a light sweater or jacket. Some form of weather-proof outer garment is essential for fishing in New Zealand, as the weather in the mountains can change quickly. Some guests carry a backpack, others use vest pockets.
The sun is particularly bright this far south, so a wide brimmed hat is recommended. Sunblock of factor 15 should always be worn on the face and hands - even under cloudy conditions. Polaroid sunglasses in an amber or brown tint are essential for seeing fish in our streams.
The North Island has few nasty insects but a good quality insect repellent is handy.
All clothing, hats and accoutrements must be dark or dull coloured as our fish take flight at overly bright colours.
Finally, if you want your friends believe your fishing stories, a camera is a must.
Boots and Waders
Good wading boots are essential. As of October 2008, felt-soled boots are banned from use by anglers in New Zealand.
Instead of wading wet we are finding clients opting for the SIMMS Gore-Tex lightweight breathable waders.
If bringing your own gear make sure it is clean and dry, as it will be checked upon arrival at the international airports.
Poronui has waders and boots in a variety of sizes for guests to use during their visit.
The all-round rods of choice for New Zealand anglers during summer is nine foot 5 and 6 weight. Couple this with a quality reel (with a good drag system) and a matching weight forward line is the best choice for most fishing conditions here. A competent angler may well prefer a lighter and shorter rod on smaller streams, but for bigger water this may be inadequate.
Most of our fish are cast to within 40 feet. This may sound easy over open water, but with a breeze in your face and no back cast room, a less experienced angler is better with a rod nine feet plus and a line that is over-weighted by one (so a 6 weight rod with a seven weight line) to make longer casts and mends easier.
Fishing tackle New Zealand
Like clothing, we recommend dull coloured fly line, dark green or grey are preferred. White, orange or any other fluorescent coloured fly line is not suitable for New Zealand's clear water conditions and may leave the angler at a serious disadvantage. An assortment of tapered leaders from 9-15 feet, sizes 3x through 5x with matching tippet material is suitable.
Many North American and English patterns work very well in New Zealand, particularly dry flies.
In sizes 10-16: Royal Wulff, Parachute Adams, Humpy (yellow and green), Elk Hair Caddis and Twilight Beauty (like a Dark Cahill) are all ideal.
Local favourites are Red Tipped Governor, Kakahi Queen, Cicada (like a green Joes Hopper), Black Gnat Blowfly (must be fluorescent blue), Cochy Bondhu. Nymphs need to be dark coloured with lots of hair and very heavy.
A roughly tied Hair and Copper with plenty of weight bound in (it has to audibly pop when it hits the water) and with a little flash about as an attractor tied into it will also be successful.
In sizes 8-14 our favourites are: Beadhead, Pheasant Tail, Half Back, Stonefly (black), Peeking Caddis, Girdle Bug.