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John Gendall Saltwater Flyfishing


As well as being a top freshwater guide covering the waters around the Neslon Marlborough region, John Gendall also specialises in fishing for the hard fighting kingfish and kahawai that can be found in the shallow estuary waters of Golden Bay.

John's  sharp eye, extensive knowladge of the flats, tides, weather and fish movements ensures you the best opportunity at hooking one of these magnificent fish . John's knowledge also ensures your safety of the flats, tides moves quickly and sting rays can cause harm.

Name John Gendall Saltwater Flyfishing
Contact John Gendall

State Highway 63
St Arnaud

Contact details

Ph +64 3 548 7892
Mobile 027 247 0319

Email: j.gendall@xtra.co.nz

Web: www.johngendallflyfishing.com

Please mention nzfishing.com when you make an enquiry or booking.

Fishing waters

John specialises in sighted fishing for kingfish and kahawai in the Golden Bay area. He is also a freshwater guide with over 25 yearss experience in the Nelson/ Golden Bay / Marlborough regions.


Fishing options

Salt water fly fishing in the Golden Bay area at the top of the South Island is New Zealand's equivalent of bonefishing.

The Kingfish is commonly regarded as New Zealand's most revered inshore sport fish and offer some of the finest salt water flyfishing you will find anywhere in the world. John Gendall will assist anglers who wish to wade the flats and sight fish to Kingfish and Kahawai.

Kingfish up to 30lb can be seen following stingrays, bow waking and even tailing in the shallows as they swoop on crabs, flounder and bait fish that the stingrays disturb. Kingfish are very agressive fighters and will rip line, yards of backing in furious runs. A strong forearm is essential.

Kahawai cruise the shallows busting up endless shoals of bait fish, these fish really snatch at the fly, jump repeatedly and fight as hard as any... pound for pound.

The Flats

About your guide


John Gendall's passion for fishing extends more than 35 years. He has been guiding for 25 yrs in NZ and around the world from Russia to the Caribbean, the USA and through the South Pacific. He has been featured on several television fishing shows and in the year 2000 won the Jackson Hole One Fly professional division.

He now guides from October to May for wild brown trout in the South Island where he has more than 10 years of experience; while during the New Zealand winter, he heads to Wyoming, USA where he guides for Westbank Anglers.

As John says “I have salt water fly fished for; Tarpon, Permit, Bonefish and trevally. Kingfishing is a visually exhilarating form of Salt weater fishing and up there with anywhere else I have fished in the world. It really is the best all round sight fishing experience”.

Required tackle

These are very hard fighting fish and good tackle is essential. To have a chance against these great opponents you will require:

  • 9 or 10 weight rod
  • 9 or 10 weight saltwater  reel with at least 200m of backing
  • sinking tip saltwater line
  • Flats boots, gloves, light weight shorts, wading wind jacket

Note: John can provide the necessary gear if required.

Indicative costs
as at 1 April 2018

Guided fly fishing

NZ$750 (one or two anglers) per day.
Includes guide, 4x4 vehicle, lunch, all flies and tippet material.

John can also provide great accommodation.



John Gendall

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