His passion for fishing and great interest in the science of fish and other aquatic life has led him on a life-path based around freshwater fish, eventually guiding him to complete a Bachelor of Science degree (B.Sc), followed by a Master of Science degree (M.Sc) in Freshwater Fish Ecology. His Master’s research based at the University of Canterbury’s Cass Field Station located in the beautiful Canterbury High Country, involved the investigation of various ecological aspects of the cryptic Koaro’s (a New Zealand native fish) conservation and life-history, including their competitive interactions with the elusive Brown trout. Being emersed in all things "fish" for much of this life he has developed a great respect for fish life, and he now strongly practices and promotes careful "Catch and Release" in his fishing guiding buisness.
Chris has worked for over 10 years at a local Salmon hatchery prior to which he supplemented his University years by working part-time in one of Christchurch’s leading fishing tackle shops "The Fisherman's Loft".
Memberships and other related qualifications
NZ Professional Fishing Guides Association (N.Z.P.F.G.A.) 11 year member www.nzpfga.co.nz
Suzuki 4WD Club www.suzuki-4wd.co.nz
The Canterbury Anglers Club (member for over 35 years) www.canterburyanglersclub.org.nz
Holder of a New Zealand Coast Guard “Boat Masters” certificate
First aid accredited and certified
Speaks some Japanese
Has a perfect (no accident) on road driving record and has completed anti-skid and defensive driving courses
As the owner of 'South Island Adventure Fly Fishing' Chris takes your satisfaction very seriously. Let him show you where to find, and how to catch the big wily Browns and acrobatic Rainbows, that inhabit many of our un-crowded backcountry rivers, streams and lakes located in magnificent South Island scenery.
In Chris's words.."Trout fishing for me is all about the visual factor. New Zealand’s clear waters and large fish by world standards, make stalking and attempting to catch these beautiful fish, heart stopping stuff. For me there’s nothing more exciting than spending time out amongst the South Island’s spectacular back-country scenery, stalking up pristine rivers and scanning shallow lake margins in search of large Brown trout. The buzz associated with fooling one of these magnificent fish into gently inhaling a terrestrial fly off the water’s surface is the ultimate!"