Temperate 15-20oC early/late season. 20-30oC mid season with high sunshine hours.
Clothing should be subdued in colour to blend with the environment to aid stalking. While lightweight breathable waders are popular, polypropylene legging, shorts and a long sleeved shirt is suitable.
Warm clothing and a waterproof rain coat should always be carried. Comfortable footware with good support are required for wading. Rubber studded wading boots are safest*. Polarised sunglasses aid spotting fish. Sun block, insect repellant and a wide brimmed hat are also recommended. Don't forget your camera.
*Please note from Oct 2008 felt soled wading boots are banned in New Zealand.
While most trout can be carefully stalked within 5-10 metres, accuracy & presentation, rather than distance is necessary. 5-6 weight 8.5-9 foot rods are a good standard weight & length for fishing the gin-clear waters in this region.
Reels should have a reliable drag system. Double taper or the more popular weight forward floating flylines are typically used for upstream nymphing and dry fly presentation. Dull, natural coloured flylines are favoured.