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Hatch Fly Fishing

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Address: Flora Dora Parade, Wanaka 9382, New Zealand
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+64 3-443 8446

Backcountry fly fishing specialist Craig Smith has been fishing New...

Backcountry fly fishing specialist Craig Smith has been fishing New Zealands South Island for over 30 years, and will take you to his favorite places fly fishing for brown and rainbow trout. All equipment is supplied, and all skill levels are welcome. Sight fishing in clear water to wild trout amongst stunning scenery - it's what it is all about. Registered NZ professional guide and Department of conservation concession holder.

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Craig Smith a True Gentleman and Wonderful Guide

Craig took myself and my friend Sharon out for a day fishing in the Wanaka area river fishing. We had a wonderful time, caught great rainbow trout, learned a lot about fishing in... read more

Reviewed 18 November 2016
Littleton, Colorado

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Littleton, Colorado
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Reviewed 18 November 2016

Craig took myself and my friend Sharon out for a day fishing in the Wanaka area river fishing. We had a wonderful time, caught great rainbow trout, learned a lot about fishing in NZ and would highly recommend using Craig as a fishing guide. Make sure you are fit to walk 4-6 miles before embarking on this adventure....!

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Pewaukee, Wisconsin
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4 reviews
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Reviewed 18 October 2015

Craig Smith is an awesome guide! Professional, patient, and a great teacher under challenging weather conditions. I fly fished with him for 2 days the first week of September, 2015. It was my first fly fishing trip to New Zealand and I had low expectations given my beginner skills, the wintry weather conditions, and all the rivers except one were... More 

3 Thank Evelyn B
Sydney, Australia
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3 reviews
Reviewed 29 January 2015

My husband and I had an amazing time flyfishing near Wanaka with Craig as our guide. Neither my husband or I had ever flyfished before and we booked a half-day outing. He is an excellent instructor and had us casting well in no time. The day we went was exceptionally windy, and Craig did a great job managing us on... More 

Thank Liz_ML
Sebastopol, California
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69 reviews
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Reviewed 27 November 2014

My wife and I recently traveled to NZ, and it was my great fortune to be guided for a day by Lake Hawea guide, Craig Smith. I have fished extensively in California, and other western U.S. states, and Craig is one of the best guides I have ever met. He was well prepared for my day with him, having checked... More 

Thank Greg J
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7 reviews
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Reviewed 17 March 2014

I have been fishing with Craig on three occasions since 2012 .He has shown great patience in teaching me from a complete novice to now being a competent angler . I would highly recommend Craig to any one thinking of doing some fishing ... he is a first rate teacher, an exceptional guide and knowledge of area is outstanding ..... More 

Thank alison w
Chicago, Illinois
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 3 March 2014

As an absolute novice I was a bit nervous as Craig drove toward...not the water but a park. Here's where you're going to learn how to catch a big one," he said as we arrived at a local park about 15 minutes from Wanaka. And he was spot on. After about 90 minutes he had me casting, stripping line, double... More 

1 Thank jboys8
Danville, California
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15 reviews
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Reviewed 20 January 2014

I had the pleasure of fishing with Craig for 2 days this January. Day one: stalking monster trout using a new technique (for me anyway) emerging damsel flies in the weed edges...(I have been fishing for years and Craig showed me new tricks and presentations that i will use on my home waters). Day two: my wife joined me and... More 

1 Thank GBB1968
Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed 6 January 2014 via mobile

Highly recommend fly fishing with Craig. My wife and I (a relative novice and a complete novice) caught multiple and large fish and had a wonderful experience in the beautiful countryside. Large river fishing one day with more brown trout than I can ever recall seeing (or catching!) and small back country river fishing the next - more challenging, but... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 17 July 2013

Craig - what a great bloke. We spent the full day with him last week as he happily (and patiently) showed two beginners the method of fly fishing. We started out practicing our casting in a park near Wanaka before shortly moving out onto the rivers where we spent the remainder of the day (we caught a decent sized rainbow... More 

1 Thank Jono D
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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10 reviews
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Reviewed 17 March 2013

A great day out,Craig's a good guide,can find the fish and is good company.I will be back again next year.Thanks for a fantastic day. Andy.M

1 Thank Andy M

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