Trout fishing for kids in Taupo, New Zealand
The best way to teach your kids to spin or fly fish for trout
In a world that is becoming more dominated by digital distraction than peaceful pursuits, how does the idea of teaching your kids to fish in a safe and tranquil environment sound? It's easier than you may think.
Both Riverside Apartments are located right on the banks of the Waikato River, flowing clean and clear just a few hundred metres from it's source, the great Lake Taupo. Several spots along our riverbank are perfect for casting into the slow-flowing depths of the river for rainbow trout that are hungry for flies or lures. Spin fishing is a particularly easy way to introduce your kids to the art of fishing - or if you are a seasoned pro you might want to flick a fly to entice the wily trout.
A special memory - the first time casting for trout from a riverbank
We can recommend hiring gear from Taupo Rod and Tackle in Tongariro Street if you don't have your own. Heavy weight lures or spinners (with some black and red colouring on dark days, bright green works well on sunny days) are best for casting well across the river where the river is at its deepest. The best times to catch trout is at first or last last light - but being literally minutes from bed-to-river or river-to-beer it's so easy. If you're spinning, cast out deep, let the lure sink for a few seconds and then retrieve. If you don't have a net then landing your fish on the bank is quite possible too.
Wrap in tin foil and cook in the oven with fresh herbs, lemon, salt and olive oil, or get one of the local businesses to smoke and vacuum-pack your fresh caught fish. Please don't forget to send us your photos!