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Southern Rivers Fly Fishing

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Wanaka, New Zealand
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About Southern Rivers Fly Fishing
Get the most from your precious time in this fly fishing paradise that surrounds Wanaka and the lower South Island. Guide Jake at Southern Rivers Fly Fishing has vast local knowledge of the lower South Island rivers and lakes. Jake is known as an expert in sighting trout and prides him self on his ability to spot trout in what can be very challanging water, this is crucial to your success when fly fishing New Zealand waters. Jake’s boundless passion, skill and enthusiasm for fly fishing the South Island’s trout rivers will take you a long way toward your dream New Zealand fly fishing experience.
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Dargaville wrote a review 14 Jan
Auckland Central, New Zealand13 contributions4 helpful votes
Went for the day with my father and my friend, my father and I were complete beginners and my friend was an amateur. Ended up catching 3 fish and almost catching a dozen more. Very impressed with Jake’s patience with us beginners, we learnt so much and I really didn’t think I would have any hope of catching a fish! Beautiful idyllic NZ scenery just topped it all off! Thanks a lot Jake.
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Date of experience: January 2021
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Pat O'Dwyer wrote a review Nov 2020
Maroochydore, Australia7 contributions
I have been fishing twice a year since 2016 with Jake and I have to admit it is addictive. Beautiful opportunities with expert advice. Jake has knowledge, tolerance, patience and most of all a good sense of humour. There is nowhere else on the planet but I would prefer to be with such a good mate.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Mikko R wrote a review Nov 2020
Turku, Finland26 contributions13 helpful votes
Best fishing guide I have ever met. Very passion about fishing but Jake is also very good with people. I have been fishing 4 weeks with him and I hope to go back as soon as it's possible
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Brett M wrote a review Mar 2020
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Wow! Seriously where do I begin... Jake is AMAZING! First off he is the world's greatest guide. His knowledge, expertise, and ability to motivate better angling is UNREAL. We did a 5 day guided trip and it was the best. It was my first time to NZ, and I'll be back just to hang out with Jake. I had the best fishing trip ever and learned a ton. New Zealand is so beautiful and it was astonishing to see it while catching the best fish of my life. Thanks again Jake!!!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from Jake-SRFlyFishing, Owner at Southern Rivers Fly Fishing
Responded 25 Apr 2020
FREAKING AWESOME! Right back at you Brett. Absolutely loved my time sharing NZ with you on your first NZ fishing adventure. Great that we could connect through your good mate and long time client of mine Rick, and even better of him to share this trip and experience with you. I had a blast with you both and cant wait for your return soon. Cheers mate.
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P Nash wrote a review Feb 2020
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Although Jake was booked up on the only day I could go out fishing in the Wanaka area, he sent me out with an excellent guide named Paul, who was by far the best guide I’ve ever fished with (anywhere in the world). Paul was an expert at locating fish and devising a plan for catching each one. I hooked up with at least 9, and landed 3, which I was very happy with. The ones we didn’t land were some of the biggest fish I've ever hooked, but it just made me want to come back and try again! Paul was great for giving advice, but also entertaining my suggestions. The river Paul took me to was the exact size and type of river I enjoy fishing most, plus we were totally on our own all day. Paul also had a number of other "backup" locations in case our river didn't pan out, which I appreciated. He also had some great tips for other activities for my family and I to try out while in the area. I really could not have asked for a better day of fishing, and would definitely look to have Paul take me out again the next time I visit Wanaka.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from Jake-SRFlyFishing, Owner at Southern Rivers Fly Fishing
Responded 25 Apr 2020
Thanks so much for the great feedback Paul. Although I wasn't able to guide you personal I had total confidence in putting you out with my head guide Paul, and it sounds like you guys hit it off really well. I am so happy that you guys had a great day and both Paul and I look forward to you returning to fish with us again soon. We have so many great adventures we could take you on here and would love the chance one day to take you on a multi day experience throughout the South Island of NZ. Cheers mate.
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