As a youngster I was fortunate enough to live on a property bordering a local stream. This is where my passion for the art of fly fishing originated. Most of my fishing was self taught from a young age, although the limited time I spent with old and experienced fishermen was always well cherished and a huge help in my development as a fisherman. My fishing playground expanded through my teenage years with my own transport as I fed my desire to explore new water through the Bay of Plenty and surrounding regions.
Attending Lincoln University in the Canterbury region I spent a fair amount of time in the wilderness. This time in the South Island advanced the finer details of fly fishing after a lot of frustration to begin with. Wilderness was not only on the river but on the mountain ranges of the South Island chasing thar, chamois and red deer. If I was not in the classroom I was either fishing or hunting.
After a period of time overseas plying my trade as a cricketer and another stint in the South Island I returned to my hometown of Rotorua. Following employment in my university field of Forestry Management in a few positions it was time to turn my passion into my livelihood.
As a fishing guide my drive is to go above and beyond to ensure my clients time is spent on the river exceeds expectations, and cumulates into lifelong memories of the success, breathtaking locations and your time you have spent with me. There’s nothing better than seeing a smile from ear to ear on a client’s face.
Safety is paramount to any guiding operation. As an experienced outdoorsman, I know the dangers involved in the outdoors environment. It’s is of utmost importance that my clients health is compromised on any of my guided adventures. I am First Aid certified and as a precaution a comprehensive first aid kit, cellphone and PLB is taken on each and every trip.
My passion for the outdoors progressed into writing about my adventures for New Zealand hunting magazines over the last few years. Formally I was a regular contributor for the Rod & Rifle Magazine now write for the NZ Hunter Magazine team; New Zealand’s most read outdoor publication. I am also a member of Stoney Creek Test Fire Team, a select group of individuals that test and help assist with product development of their apparel and outdoor equipment. I am also been involved with the NZ Hunter Adventures and Pure Fly NZ television series over the last few seasons.
Guiding is my passion and Rotorua is the perfect location to base my operation. I look forward to showcasing what the region has to offer in the near future.