My favorite method of fishing is stalking large brown trout in crystal clear mountain rivers. I like nothing more than sharing this experience with others. I am patient, knowledgeable and proficient at helping others spot, present a fly to, and ultimately catching trout. I am a member of the New Zealand Professional Fishing Guides Association and follow the stringent safety and professional standards put in place by the association.
I can tailor a unique experience for you based on your wishes and ability. If your passion is sight fishing for large hard fighting brown trout up to and over the magical 10lb mark then I can arrange a trip for you. As a flyfishing guide in Nelson, I offer full and half day guided trips as well as overnight camp-outs and helicopter drop-offs to remote locations around the top of the South Island. To maximize your fly fishing, try a road trip with me – that way you will experience the diversity of waterways that the region has to offer. Trout in the area tend to average around 4lb and fish of 6-8lb are not uncommon, with much bigger fish occasionally sighted.
A new development is my discovery of a unique saltwater flyfishing opportunity in my home of Golden Bay. I am able to guide clients onto Yellowtail Kingfish on the tidal flats near Collingwood. I have become the South Islands first Saltwater fly fishing guide. The best way to experience the best sighted fly fishing New Zealand has to offer book a multi day trip and target both brown trout and kingfish. So it makes sense to book the fishing guide who pioneered the South Islands flats fishery and stay away from out of town guides who are riding the coat tails of the fisheries success. Another neat experience is tagging and releasing your kingfish. I am part of a nationwide fly caught kingfish tagging operation. There are only 5 guides who have been selected to be part of the programme and I am the only one in the South Island. Be part of the project and help us better understand the fish and the fishery to protect it for the future.
Transfers and accommodation can be arranged by request. Let me take care of the hard work, so you can just relax and enjoy the experience.
We have many blue ribbon streams and rivers in the South Island and particularly the Nelson region.
The backcountry rivers of note are the Karamea, Mohikinui, Crow, Ugly, Roaring Lion, Wairau, Travers, Sabine, Durville, Matakitaki and Goulter. Many of these rivers require a helicopter to access the best fishing. It is not recommended that you undertake a trip into these wilderness areas without a guide or a local who knows the river well.
We also have some fantastic lowland fly fishing streams to indulge your dry fly passion. Rivers such as the Motueka, Inangahua, Maruia, Wairau, Buller, Owen, Grey and Arnold. These are the bread and butter rivers that I guide on.
There are vast amounts of waters in other parts of the South Island worth exploring. Some of these rivers have big reputations with overseas anglers. The Clutha, Ahuriri, Mataura, Caples, Clinton, Waiau, Oreti, Pomahaka, Hakataramea, Rakaia, Waimakariri, Hurunui and Waitaki all have great fishing at different times of the season.