Guides - Fishing


Our fishing guides are members of the New Zealand Professional Fishing Guides Association. They are consummate professionals - passionate about the outdoors, and share an intimate knowledge of the rivers and streams and where to find the best trout. They are patient, excellent tutors and fun to spend the day with. And like all our people, they display the relaxed and welcoming attitude typical of all Kiwis.

Grant Petherick - Head Guide

Grant has lived in Hawke’s Bay all his life and has been fly-fishing in the area and the central North Island for the past 40 years. Grant has been part of the guiding team at Poronui since 1996. Grant’s other great interest is wine and he has operated a successful specialist wine shop and currently consults on New Zealand and international wine lists for some of the country's top resorts including Poronui. His extensive travel experiences, knowledge of wine and passion for fly fishing make for very congenial company on the river.


Craig Aspinall - Guide

Craig lives and breathes fishing whether it be brown and rainbow trout or snapper and kingfish. Craig has extensive knowledge of both the backcountry streams of the Central North Island and Taupo tributaries. He has been a member of the Poronui team of fishing guides for over 15 years. Craig can often be found hard at work tying an imaginative pattern to lure the selective brown, his personal challenge!


Sean Andrews - Guide

 Sean, originally from the UK, began his guiding career in Sweden twenty years ago. He has spent the last fifteen years in New Zealand, fulfilling his passion for stalking trout in pristine wilderness waters. Sean is an Umpqua pro-designer fly tier, and when he is not guiding he spends his time at the tying bench, developing new patterns to entice the wariest of backcountry trout.


Dave Wood - Guide

To say that Dave is passionate about fishing would be an understatement. He has been fishing for longer than he can remember. He leased the Waitahanui Lodge for several years where he lived to fish and truly refined his fishing skills on both the Taupo tributaries and the back country rivers. He is a member of the Taupo Fishing Advisory Council that represents angler’s interests in the Taupo area. Dave manages to combine fishing with travel and family life, his wife Sofia and three boys Liam, Benjamin and Colin. Dave approaches life with great enthusiasm, energy and humour. His love of the outdoors, back country New Zealand, and fishing in particular is infectious. That coupled with his many travel stories makes for a most enjoyable and informative day or overnight camp.


Derek Neese - Guide

Derek went to school in Wellington and took full advantage of the variety of rivers in that area. His university days were no different and he expanded his repertoire of rivers! Currently he divides his time between family in British Columbia and New Zealand. Travelling to Taupo for our season allows him to catch up with extended family. Derek’s passion for fishing has continued irrespective of hemispheres. His scientific background provides an additional layer of knowledge.


Duncan McDonald - Guide

 Fishing and food are two of Duncan's passions and he has managed to indulge in both - as a chef and a fishing guide. He thoroughly enjoys the diversity of the Central North Island fisheries and the challenges that that presents. Duncan lives in Taupo with his wife Anna and four children Lilli, Abi, William and Emma.


Leon McCarthy - Guide

Leon grew up in the Taupo area. His fishing career started at a young age with his Dad. He began his guiding career on the Taupo tributaries and has been a fly fishing guide at Poronui since 2000. Leon’s love of the outdoors and fly fishing in particular has taken him to California, Alaska and British Columbia. When not on the river he can be found at the fly tying vice and has some deadly designs. Leon is constantly on the lookout for new stretches of rivers to explore. His other interests include photography, gardening and golf.


Paul McDonald

Paul was born and raised in New Zealand. Fishing has been his passion since he was old enough to walk. He enjoys both saltwater fly fishing and fresh water particularly on the backcountry rivers. As he says he just can't get enough of what this wonderful sport has to offer.

His travels took him on a brief World tour stopping in Colorado for 10yrs. He now divides his year between family in Oregon and New Zealand and guiding in both hemispheres. Paul loves the challenge of guiding, designing a day to meet the anglers expectation, and showcasing the rivers and the wonderful fly-fishing opportunities available.

His days off are often spent fishing of course, exploring new rivers and getting into the backcountry to see what's just around the next corner!


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