I have lived in the central North Island area all my life and am intimately familiar with all of the Rotorua Lakes system and Lake Taupo and all it surrounding waters. I have fly fished these areas together with many of our mountain rivers and streams in both the North and South Island for nearly 40 years.
My real passion is fly fishing back country streams and rivers with nymphs and whenever the opportunity presents itself, dry flies. I also enjoy stillwater fishing with emergers and have used your emerger hooks sizes 16 to 20 with great success. In the last couple of years I have ventured into saltwater fly fishing with trips to the Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia in 2010, the West Coast of New Caledonia in May of this year and next week I’m off to Aitutaki which is part of the Cook Islands group chasing Bonefish.
I have been tying flies since my mid teenage years and consider myself to be an expert in the field. I must confess I tend to tie flies mainly for the simple pleasure of it rather than to fill my fly boxes as I have more flies than I could ever use. I have never tied tube flies but can tie anything else from nymphs, dries, streamers, chironomids, small traditional wets and traditional salmon flies. Pictures of some of my flies have been published in local publications and I have tutored both fly tying and run fly fishing courses at the Rotorua Anglers Association where I was Club Captain for three years and am still a member.