South Island fly fishing guides




Fly fishing guides South Island NZ



Fly fishing guide
Chappie Chapman
New Zealand South Island



As one of New Zealand 's best known fly fishing guides Chappie explains the passion that he has for fishing.

" I caught my first fish at age six. It was not a trout, but I discovered fly-fishing at thirteen. Where I grew up, there was a mountain, from whose graceful slopes flowed no fewer than three hundred streams, most of which held trout.

Some of those streams were small, and that's where I started to learn my craft. To this day my preferred fishing, is with a dry-fly in a small stream. In the mid 1970's I did something that was considered radical (at least in those days). I sold up and quit my job, brought a 4WD vehicle and a caravan, and went fishing for the next three and a half years. I guess if you do something for long enough, you are bound to get proficient at it sooner or later!


I have been guiding anglers for over twenty years, although that has not always been a full time job for me, as it is now. I spent a good number of years in the fishing tackle industry, both at wholesale and retail, during which, I have had the opportunity to be involved with design and development of some of the more popular brands of fly-fishing tackle on the market today.


In addition to fly fishing guiding, I run about twenty five, two day fly-fishing schools at introductory to mid level, and about five or six three day advanced level.


Fly fishing guides South Island NZ



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