The secret to maximising your fishing experience is to use an experienced fishing guide.
Due to the clarity of the water, the “canniness” of our brown trout and the fact that these behemoths sparsely populate our rivers, we absolutely recommend you use the services of one of our highly experienced fishing guides. Think about it: you’ve spent a lot of time and money getting to New Zealand. Investing in the services of a fishing guide is a wise thing to do. Time, after all, is one thing we can’t buy more of!
However, the choice is yours: use a guide for all, some or none of your time at the lodge.We are very proud of our team; we think they’re the best ever assembled in New Zealand.
They are all professional, full-time fishing guides. They all have over 10 years guiding experience (most have over 20 years experience) and are members of the NZPFGA – New Zealand Professional Fishing Guides Association.
One of the most important things our guides do is teach. Whether you’re a complete beginner, a once-a-year river warrior or an accomplished fly fisher, I believe our guides can help you to better enjoy your time on our rivers stalking our wild brown (and a few rainbow) trout!
Steve starting guiding professionally in 1999. Steve is known around the lodge as “Big Steve”, he has a degree in outdoor education and is married with 4 young children – so he needs to work hard!
Craig has spent the last 30 years living in the Nelson lakes region – for a while he even lived in the Owen Valley. Craig has been a professional fishing & hunting guide since 1986. Craig is married with 3 children.
Lindsay lives around the corner from the Lodge and has been a professional fishing guide since 1985. Lindsay is married to Amanda. Lindsay is a keen hunter and golf fanatic. September each year sees Lindsay down the West Coast catching whitebait – some of which he supplies to the lodge.
Famous for his appearance in the Australian television show “A River Somewhere” Boris has been a professional fishing guide since 1990. Winter sees Boris up at the Rainbow Ski field where he & his wife Lee own and run the café.
David grew up fishing the Motueka river and started his professional guiding career in the 1990’s. He’s married with 3 children and is still passionate about his fishing and our guests having a great time.