We have got a team of talented fishermen and adventurers on the ground here in New Zealand and Australia fishing with LOOP Tackle.
They are excited to be using LOOP Tackle and have some interesting plans beyond the usual types of fishing New Zealand is best known for...........
His happy space is anywhere off the grid with a rod in his hand and that’s where he spends most of his time. He’s based in New Zealand as a guide and fishes all around the country. He has spent years getting lost in the backcountry chasing the huge trout that live in those remote places. More recently he has put in a lot of time exploring and learning the emerging NZ saltwater flats fishing targeting Yellow Tail Kingfish. He sees this as a great opportunity for NZ to become known for something more than its great backcountry trout fishing.
He’s doing more overseas trips each year, expanding his knowledge and experience on new locations around the world. His love for fishing, the places it takes him plus the people he meets are what he lives for.
With an unmatched passion for all things fly fishing from the salt to the backcountry of New Zealand’s South Island; chasing Kahawai, Chinook Salmon and trophy trout Matt has been carrying a rod in hand fishing the South Island's waters for over a decade.
Growing up in Christchurch, Matt was wonderfully placed to develop an impressive passion for and knowledge of his local rivers and lakes.
Matt’s drive in fly fishing is to step outside the box and fish for species that aren’t commonly caught on fly, making use of the plethora of fish species available to him in New Zealand.
Matt has actively sort to expand the saltwater fly fishing scene in the South Island by making anglers aware of the incredible Kahawai fishery available to them. Catching Chinook Salmon in New Zealand with consistency after initially being told it couldn’t be done, Matt’s goal is to inspire other anglers to seek difficult challenges within fly fishing. Matt’s association with LOOP since 2013 has seen him take the brand to unlikely corridors within New Zealand, and pushing frontiers in the ever strengthening fly fishing community down under.
Matt can be contacted to via his personal Facebook page and his fly fishing exploits can be followed on his Instagram account.
Gareth Bayliss taught himself to fly fish in his late teens, since catching that first fish he has truly made up for any lost time by spending almost every available moment chasing fish.
He was lucky enough to grow up in the high country of the South Island, which allowed him to truly live and breathe his passion for fly fishing and hone his skills in sight fishing for large & wild Rainbow and Brown Trout.
Having now fished extensively on both the North and South Islands, Gareth now spends a large amount of time guiding; getting deep in to the backcountry and finding large trout for his clients to have a crack at sight fishing to.
Wanting to share his fishing adventures Gareth founded Trout Hunting NZ, a social media presence that has grown to be one of the largest of its kind, this has enabled him to share his experience with newcomers and seasoned anglers the world over. When he is not on the water he is tying flies or studying photography and videography enabling Gareth to deliver even better content for his followers. You can find Gareth on Facebook at Trout Hunting NZ or Instagram @TrouthuningNZ
Author of the widely acclaimed The Trout Diaries and now also The Trout Bohemia is now using LOOP Tackle. An interesting life by anyone's standards - escaping communist Poland in his early 20's, travel around the world, a lifetime of adventures in the mountains and with fly rod in hand - he is also talented with with still and film cameras, words and, of course, a fly rod. He also writes for Fish & Game, FlyLife and New Zealand Geographic magazines amongst others. Derek is available for guided fishing - fly-fishing-guide.nz
Read Chapter 1 of The Trout Diaries here. Watch Derek in in the clip below.
Since catching his first trout on a fly at the age of 13, Josh has fished extensively in the Americas, Asia and Europe. Founder of Aussie Fly Fisher, Josh inspires thousands of new and established anglers each week, sharing online information and passion among the fly fishing community. Since inception, his social media presence has experienced rapid growth to become one of the largest social influencers within Australian fly fishing.
Josh runs training days for young fly fishermen and through his Aussie Fly-Fisher Guiding Service, regularly helps groups and individuals develop their skills in chasing fish on the fly. With 15 years’ experience in the Blue Mountains and Central West, Josh provides his clients with exclusive access to the area’s best fly fishing locations. Writer and photo-journalist, Josh is also a regular contributor to FlyLife, AFN’s Flyfisher and Flystream magazines, as well as various online editorial.
When Josh isn’t sharing secrets of the Central West through his guiding service, he is tying his own flies, or refining his interest in fishing photography and writing.
Aussie Fly Fisher can be found on Facebook and Instagram and guided trips can be booked by contacting Josh at email@example.com.
Juan caught his first brown trout at the age of 9 in the Spanish Pyrenees. He is a renowned International flyfisherman and has worked with companies such as: Orvis, Sportfish, Farlows, Hardy, and in fly fishing lodges in Patagonia and Europe.
He is an FFF certified casting instructor and has given demonstrations around the globe including the CLA Game Fair, ‘the world’s biggest country sports and outdoor pursuits event’.
Juan has fly fished five continents and represented Team Spain and Team England as Technical Adviser participating in four Fly Fishing World Championships. He was also appointed to represent Australia internationally as Technical Director. He has mentored, refined techniques and shared his passion with the best competition anglers and fly casters in the world.
We look forward to making Juan's expertise available to the Loop army in Australia. You can contact him via Juan@advancedflyfishingschool.com.au and check out the Advanced Fly Fishing School site here.
Allan Donald has loved fishing since his earliest childhood memories, the first being when his father bought home his first rod. He clearly developed this into a lifelong fixation although Al’s better half seems to think the correct terminology is “Obsession”. Over the 14 years of fly fishing he has cultivated a great passion and respect for this challenging technique.
He loves to share this passion and does his upmost to ensure that his guests thoroughly enjoy the experience; if you’re having fun Al’s having fun!
Allan's website - www.flyfishingfrontiers.com
Mickey grew up on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River, between the high country of the Snowy Mountains in New south Wales and the river gorges surrounding Canberra fishing for everything he could, anywhere and everywhere. He has been fly fishing for almost 20 years and is always ready to try something new. Mickey teamed up with Josh Hutchins in 2017 and now guides as part of the Aussie Fly-Fisher team full time, specializing in teaching new anglers and showcasing the beauty that his remarkable region has to offer.
Mickey is a adaptable, versatile angler who’s always looking to have fun he is obsessed with visual streamer fishing and enjoys experimenting with new techniques and flies. Although he specializes in trout, he targets everything that will eat a fly, especially focusing on hard fighting native freshwater fish like the Australian Bass and the iconic Murray Cod.
Mickey has traveled the world in pursuit of his passion, chasing the endless summer and is always happy to chat, fish or grab a beer with anyone that shares his passion for fishing.
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