Flyfishing Guides

We all use guides for different reasons. To learn the basics, correctly, if you’re stagnating at the intermediate level, fishing unfamiliar water, or you simply don’t have the time to prospect.

Whatever your reason, we have put together a team of undoubtedly the best fly fishing guides in Australia and New Zealand. These Hurley’s Fly Fishing endorsed guides are 100% committed to allowing you to achieve all that you can.

Hurley’s Fly Fishing accredited guides are the genuine experts, selflessly passing on knowledge and tips learnt over 10, 20, and 30 years of guiding, ensuring you improve, becoming the fly fisher you aim to be.

Select a guide below for more information:

Gavin Hurley - Australia and NZ Fly Fishing Guide

“My fishing started literally from just a few years of age in my home town of Hamilton and I was hooked, but it wasn’t until the fly fishing bug got a complete hold of me that the scene was set for this inevitable business in fly fishing…

I started helping new fly fishers around 30 years ago get into this great sport, more just out of enthusiasm, until it all fell into place over the next few years to come to where we are now… Hurley’s New Zealand Fly Fishing Adventures…

For the past 25 years, I have been guiding hundreds of clients on what I believe are the most pristine rivers and lakes in the world, sight fishing, to the wildest strain of brown trout found anywhere. I honestly know it’s not like a real job; it is an exceptional job, and something I live for every single day.

I am a sight fishing fanatic… I cannot help it… My ideal guiding day is walking up a crystal clear river and spotting a brown, choosing the right fly and watching you lay that cast and that fish to take… Whether that is the first fish of the day or the last, the fact that you also saw it, got that take, and more importantly, you see it all unfold, regardless of the outcome… that to me is what fly fishing is all about…

I believe fly fishing is not about numbers or size, it’s about learning, improving, seeing new places and finding targets, making every opportunity count and being in that moment.

That’s my promise to you, on every day I guide you…

New Zealand’s Southland really is the best in the world and I really look forward to sharing it with you.”

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Scott Slater - New Zealand Fly Fishing Guide

Scotty’s well known among his friends and clients as a fish whisperer. If it has fins, then he’ll find a way to catch it on the fly, or help someone else catch it!

He started his fly fishing journey at the age of 8 and he was hooked….

He is a master fly tier and passionate fly fisherman who brings over twenty five years of fly fishing experience, along with his past life as a professional aquatic ecologist, to the Hurley’s Fly Fishing guide team.

He is a well traveled angler and guide, having spent many years guiding remote fly fishing trips in the Alaskan wilderness and on the world famous gold medal waters of the Gunnison Gorge in Colorado during the NZ off-season.

When it comes to guiding, Scotty has a reputation for being humble, professional, skilled, passionate and accommodating. His childish enthusiasm for all things fishy inevitably infects all those around him.

Scotty looks forward to the privilege of sharing his passion for Southland’s world class fly fishing with you!

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Brendan Shields - Southland, NZ Fly Guide

Born and raised in Southland New Zealand and based in Gore next to the famous Mataura River, Brendan specializes in sight fishing for Brown and Rainbow trout.  Brendan has many years of experience in the pursuit of trout with dry fly and nymphs which he has developed at his vice. He also has an in-depth knowledge of many Southern backcountry rivers and low land streams, many well known for their prolific hatches and healthy population of trout. Guided trips are tailor-made for your fitness level and angling experience guaranteeing a memorable fly fishing adventure. 

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Roger Butler - Tasmanian Fly Guide

Experience the best fly fishing Australia has to offer in the Central Highland lakes of Tasmania, Australia with tasmania trout fishing guides.

Discover our fly fishing Tasmania adventure tours and world class fly fishing, using a Hobart, based fly fishing trout guide.

Our fishing tours range from 1 to 6 days, are all inclusive of flyfishing or lure gear, lunches, waders, wet weather gear, customized flyfishing boat, tuition for the novice angler, transfers from your Hobart accommodation to the Highlands. We also offer Highland accommodation, from Lodges to cabins.

Fly or lure fish, polaroiding, stalking, wading, drift fish and catching truly wild Tasmanian trout. It’s all available, with flyfishing trout guide tours to unique locations, pristine waters, an expert trout guide, flyfishing tuition for the novice or expert if you need it, plus the right flies and all you have to do is fish.

Learn to flyfish, It’s guaranteed to take your mind off work. As a professional instructor and trout guide I also offer a full range of tuition tours and for the novice or expert. Lures are another simple option for anglers who want to trout fish Tasmania.

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