Neil Hirtzel: Trout Scout

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Place Category: Fishing Charters & GuidesPlace Tags: New Zealand Trout Fishing

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    A true veteran of New Zealand fly fishing, Neil Hirtzel has represented New Zealand in many international competitions and, in 2008, captained the Commonwealth championships teams.

    His wealth of experience as a trout scout is at your service on guided fishing trips out of Auckland. Neil tailors trips to your needs and timeframe – from day trips to overnight or multi-day trips.

    One great option is to fish the Waikato spring creeks as you travel south to the Taupo or Rotorua fisheries.

    Neil operates from Auckland and is happy to develop a “Best of the North” trip to meet your expectations. This can involve any combination of the following options

    Fishing the spring creeks and rivers around Tirau
    Fishing the large central North Island backcountry rivers such as the Whanganui, Whakapapa and Tongariro.
    Fishing the central plateau lakes such as Lakes Taupo, Rotoaira or Otamangakau in Neil’s boat for trophy sized fish
    Targeting the large fish in the lakes and small streams around Rotorua
    Targeting the large fish in small streams such as the Ngongotaha.
    Talk to Neil and he will design a trip especially for you. It will need to be a multi-day trip as it covers a lot of territory though the distance between waters is not great leaving a maximum amount of time for fishing. Remember the more time you have the more Neil can show you as he will be able to take you round the venues for the 28th World Fly Fishing competition.

    Placed sixth at the New Zealand Fly Fishing Champs in 2007
    Member of the Silver Flies (the NZ Fly Fishing Team) which won the gold medal at the Oceania champs in 2007
    Captain of the two New Zealand sides that participated in the 2008 Commonwealth Fly Fishing Championships held in Hastings, and member of the bronze medal winning team.
    Honarary life member of the Auckland Freshwater Anglers Club (AFAC)

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