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Fly Fishing at Lake Taupo
Sometimes, fly fishing is all about heading off to a foreign and exotic locale. Fly fishing at Lake Taupo is one such example.

There is a place where the fly fishing is excellent. Clear blue lakes and steaming fast moving streams yield up large numbers of monster brown and rainbow trout with breathtaking snow covered mountain peaks in the background. It is the ultimate fly fishing get-away place. You could call it that because it is located on the most remote landmass in the entire World. This is the Island Nation of New Zealand.

Fly Fishing on Lake Taupo, or in the many streams that feed it, has to be considered one of the most exciting and satisfying fishing experiences available. New Zealand is located in the South Pacific Ocean separated from even far off Australia by 1,200 miles of ocean. It is thought that the Islands of New Zealand are also one of the most recently settled areas in the world. People first came to the area within the last thousand years. Its isolation has led to the development of a large amount of both flora and fauna that are not found anywhere else on the world.

It may seem surprising that brown trout and rainbow trout are found here. The two prime fly fishing species were introduced to New Zealand waters in an experimental stocking program that was successful beyond anyone's wildest dreams. The fish took to this new environment like it had been created specifically for them, and began to reproduce and grow large almost immediately. The result is that the fly fishing around Lake Taupo has become a major industry in the country.

There are two or three other prime fly fishing locations in New Zealand, but most locals consider the Lake Taupo region to be the best. There are large selections of first grade resorts in the Lake Taupo area that cater to fly fishing. Like fly fishing resorts everywhere, these provide everything that is needed by either the expert or the beginning fly fisherman.

This includes equipment, training in proper technique, and most important, qualified guides that can lead you to the best fishing locations. Your fly fishing expedition to New Zealand is going to involve a bit of travel. It is a long airplane flight away. There may be some who wonder if traveling to what is very much like the end of the earth to fish is really worth it. Those who have sampled this experience know the answer. This rugged paradise is certainly worth the trip.
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