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Hatch Fishing New Zealand
has fly-fished the South Island for 30 years, and specialises in
sight fishing backcountry rivers of the lower South Island and South
Westland area. He personally guides all his clients, as well as
designing and tying many of the flies used to fish for the beautiful
wild brown and rainbow trout theses areas have to offer. He has
a real passion for the fisheries, and promotes catch and release,
with minimal handling of the trout – just enough for a great
||Hatch Fishing New Zealand
9 Flora Dora
Ph +64 3 443 8446
Mobile: 027 646 9419
Hawea and South Westland
There are also numerous small streams, spring creeks and stillwaters
fished that you won't find in any guidebook.
|About Hatch Fishing
Craig Smith has fly-fished
the South Island for 30 years, and has been featured in numerous
fly-fishing magazine articles from NZ, Australia, Sth Africa and
the UK. Craig specialises in sight fishing backcountry rivers of
the lower South Island and South Westland area. He personally guides
all his clients, as well as designing and tying many of the flies
used to fish for the beautiful wild brown and rainbow trout theses
areas have to offer. He has a real passion for the fisheries, and
promotes catch and release, with minimal handling of the trout –
just enough for a great photo.
Based in the Southern Lakes, Craig also has a fishing shack on the
banks of the Turnbull river near Haast that is used a base when
fishing Sth Westland.
If the weather is bad, there are plenty of fallback options - it
is extremely rare that we cannot go fishing. In fact, one of these
“B” options turned up a 10lb trophy brown on the dry
fly earlier this year!
Craig works in with a network of other quality professional guides,
and if he can't guide you due to other bookings, he will make every
effort to introduce you to another guide that will give you a memorable
options and rates as at
1 Nov 2011)
Guiding rates for 2011/2012
Full day one rod $690
Full day 2 rods $750
Half day one rod $390
Half day two rods $490
Included: Clean modern Toyota 4WD transport
Please note licenses are not included – they are $23 per day
and available from Craig on the day.
- Helifishing – there is an additional
charge for the helicopter of approx. $2000, which allows 1.5 hours
helicopter time to give us access to many of the remote backcoutnry
rivers that we can't access by 4WD or foot. There is the added
bonus of an amazing scenic flight over the Southern Alps!
- Jet boat fishing – also with the bonus
of a spectacular scenic ride to get to the fishing, there is an
additional charge of $170 per angler.
- Overnight Camp out - a great way to really
experience the NZ backcountry, we stay in either private huts
or comfortable tent camps. There is an additional charge of $300
per night for one angler, and $200 each for 2 anglers, plus a
charge for the use of private huts if used. All equipment and
food/drinks are included. We access by 4WD or helicopter.
||Craig supplies all the equipment you will need
if you can't manage to bring your own. This includes Goretex waders,
Simms boots, Sage rods, lines and reels, Rio leaders and tippet, his
own hand tied flies, as well as polarised glasses. There is also additional
clothing if needed – rainjackets, warm hats and coats, sunhats,
thermal underwear etc.
Please inquire about dates
you are wanting to fish as early as possible to avoid disappointment,
using the above email address. There is plenty of additional information
on the Hatch Fishing website.
||Trips are cancelled only under severe weather
conditions. If cancelled, Hatch Fishing endeavors to offer an alternative
date that suits your itinerary.
Craig Smith, Hatch Fishing