“If you have seen the fishing shows about fishing for trout in New Zealand, you have very high expectations. I know I did. This trip EXCEEDED those expectations! Huge trout the guide put me right on top of, fantastic lunch, ability to fish the entire river because of the jet boat, spectacular scenery, and even better, some really nice people to deal with. If you are at all inclined to take a guide for a once in a lifetime fishing experience, go with Mark Wallace Distinctive Fishing in Te Anau. You won’t be disappointed.”
“I was skeptical about fly fishing out of a jet boat on this trip. The Waiau is a powerful river and I quickly realised drift fishing would not work. The jet boat was a workhorse in positioning us so that you could cast to large trout that our guide Ken would locate. There was nowhere that the boat wouldn’t go! If you want to cast to large trout on a dry fly, drift boat fishing with this outfit is for you. The shore lunch was awesome as well.”
“If you consider yourself a serious trout fisherman or fisherwoman, then catching rod-snapping wild New Zealand trout on a dry fly from a jet boat with these folks is an absolute must for your bucket list.
“My husband had a half day fishing adventure with Mark and LOVED IT! He caught half a dozen rainbow trout, so was stoked with the outcome. Mark was a great guide and the whole experience from the time of booking to the day of the trip was excellent – very professional! Mark went out of his way to reschedule this trip after poor weather delayed it (greatly appreciated)! Highly recommended.”
“This is a great way to cover a lot of water & have non-stop action to sighted fish. Shaun, our guide, held the boat in a strong riffle current, allowing the caster to always be able to cast at the one o’clock position. It was exhilarating picking off the smudges one by one! Alternatively we could stop the boat and wade along a bank where fish had already been spotted. Great fun, no wasted time & lots of fish! A wonderful experience and great if you are getting on in years. And Christine’s chocolate chip biscuits are to die for!”
“I had a half-day with my brother-in-law late Oct. I had been the year before and knew he would love it, which he did. Not only because of the excellent fishing, beautiful scenery, jet boating and great guide, but also because he caught 1 more fish then me for the day! We both had a great time, Mark is great company making the time very relaxing and he points out fish to cast too, what more could you want. 100% recommended!”