Last Season

Apologies for the long delay since the last blog. The 2023-2024 season was the busiest season ever in my full-time career, which has spanned since 1991. I can now say I have amassed over 3,400 professional guide days, but I am still learning more each day and each season. Such is the nature of fly fishing, especially when the focus is on technique, strategy, original trout fly development, and, of course, learning more about interfacing with clients to give them the best possible experience and skills that can be taken forward. Often, I say this, but my focus is on building relationships and friendships, and this past season achieved this in spades.

The most inspiring aspect of this season was the large diversity of anglers from all backgrounds, all ages, all sexes, and from many parts of the world, as well as a growing number of Kiwi anglers. It’s encouraging to see so many young people taking up fly fishing and being a part of teaching and guiding them on the wide array of foundational skills and seeing them enjoy the sport—overwhelming at times.

The early months of the season were among the best angling witnessed for many years. This continued through until early January when conditions became very dry and hot, making many river options more difficult. But that’s the key reason to hire highly experienced guides, as there are always good options. No question, Climate Change is affecting New Zealand and the fisheries. It’s all about being adaptable and widening the scope of options, something that has been a huge focus for me over the past 10 years or so. A massive thanks to all anglers who supported us, and I look forward to the upcoming season. If you’re looking for a guide experience, this is a great time to start planning for the 2024-2025 season. Exciting times!

Fly Tying

Winter commercial fly tying is in full swing, crafting a diverse range of winter trout flies for Kiwi anglers and an increasing number of international orders. This is a real passion for me. Currently, I’m assembling specialized backcountry sets for the upcoming season. These sets give the angler a comprehensive range of dry flies and nymphs, ranging in sizes and weights, making them a “one-stop shop” ideal for both visiting international and Kiwi anglers. I promise they will elevate your results!

The sweet thing about being a professional tier since 1985 is hearing feedback from anglers about what works and what doesn’t. Being out guiding doubles this effect. I firmly believe many of my patterns are well ahead of the current game, with many not being seen in public. Shhh.

Featured on the Salmoscope YouTube channel are several tutorials on easy-to-tie, adaptable patterns not only for NZ but all over the world. Please come have a look and feel free to subscribe and ask any questions.

Gift Vouchers

These have become super popular as they make excellent gifts for the hard-to-buy-for person, available from $50 NZD upwards for Trout Flies, Tuition, and Guiding. Please note that tuition sessions are available all year round, not just during the season. The big focus is that I can individually customize these vouchers to suit and can be emailed to the buyer or recipient to print off, making them suitable for NZ and international. If interested, please contact me anytime. There is nothing like giving the gift of experience.

Thanks again to all supporters, and looking forward to the upcoming season.