Personally guided fly fishing, Wanaka, New Zealand

Hi – I’m Craig Smith, owner and guide at Hatch Fly Fishing, based in the South Island fly fishing mecca of Wanaka. I know this fly fishery well – the weather patterns, water levels, fish movements, feeding habits, and have a good relationship with land owners to get access to those special places. Member NZPFGA. FFF certified instruction.



I came to New Zealand with all the latest fly fishing gear but having never caught a trout on it and very little ability to cast a fly. I had the greatest holiday in memory tramping through pristine areas of New Zealand catching a bag of fish (see picture of 7lb brown), and left with the ability to put a fly fairly close to where it needed to be put. This was all a consequence of your patience and guidance and I will recommend you to any of my friends that are considering a NZ fly fishing adventure.

Rod G, Australia more

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