Craig's Gallery and References

A collection of client photos and comments from previous trips.


Thanks once again for your guidance 11/12 January.  Those two days are amongst some great memories of New Zealand. Richard Horrocks(UK)
I had an amazing time in NZ, and I will be coming back for sure.  I really had a great day the day we went out, I only wish I didn't break-off so many fish!  I was just reading a  copy of NZ Trout Fisher (Oct/Nov) and there you are in a CD Rods ad!  It's cool to see you in a magazine ad when I didn't expect to.  I  look forward to meeting you again & having a fish.  I will let you  know the next time I am coming over so I can book with you again.  Thanks again for a great day, and I hope you have a successful season and many big trout on your line. Best Regards & Happy New Year, Glen Tinckler(Canada)
Glen Tickler
Clark and I wanted to thank you again for a great fly fishing experience a few weeks ago!  We had a great time. Heather Morton(USA)
Heather Morton
Thanks very much for such an awesome fishing trip, Alex and I both had a great day. Alex is now a fly fishing convert thanks to your friendly and relaxed instruction; I am eternally grateful as fishing holidays are now possible!
Many thanks and kind regards, Richard Hakes (UK)
Richard Hakes
Thanks again for the trip man, I really enjoyed myself. Your a top notch guide Craig, best of luck mate!
Tyler Carriere (USA)
Tyler Carriere
We're a couple of Kiwis who know Taupo well but wanted an angling experience. Craig gave us much more than we expected by way of private access to the wilds, finding trout and converting us from angling rookies to realists. Allan and Denise Barclay (NZ)

Craig! Great pictures, thanks my friend. Attached are a few of mine that you took, including of the lovely rainbow. I always new fly fishing was addictive, but New Zealand fly fishing... no one warned me.

I wanted to thank you for a great time. It was an amazing trip, excellent fishing, food, and company. The scenery on the upper Whanganui was spectacular. thank you my friend, Mike Poor, Feb 2006


Craig, Thank you so much for a wonderful day of Fishing. I loved being able to see a new stream in such a lovely place. You made my 1st fishing trip in N.Z. one that I shall never forget. Best of Luck. Amber Balog, USA

Trout Fishing

"Thanks for organizing a great trip. The Whanganui was the perfect river for me, especially at a somewhat challenging time of year. The dinner you put together was very good, and it was nice visiting with you. I've fished with a lot of guides and I have to say that I really enjoyed my time with you. You gave good suggestions, were patient, and yet methodical about how to find the fish. Thus, I learned a lot. All in all, it was an excellent experience." Tim Krause, May 2005


Thanks for a great 3 days of fishing and thanks for all of the help you gave me over those days. It was a really great trip and I hope to come back one day and fish with you again. Jake Rice

Norm Bolen with a nice Brown fly fishing in the Taupo area

Thanks Craig for a fabulous trip. I'll dream of those 24" Brown trout from "Suicide alley", especially the one that swallowed the black wooly bugger right before my eyes. Your a good guide who really knows where the fish and beauty of New Zealand are." Norm Bolen - Canada

"Hi Craig.... Just wanted to say thanks for setting up the trip. Paul was great to fish with. He really put in an effort to for Dave and I. Tell him hello for us. New Zeland is an amazing place. I want to come back! I will contact you then! Thanks again." Tim Simpson USA

I had a splendid time with Craig Farrar,  and have already recommended him to several of my fishing friends, and will certainly give them your web address if my enthusiasm turns out to be contagious. Thanks for your help in setting it up. I attach a couple of not terribly good pix--unfortunately the biggest fish I caught (a very nice 3.5 pound rainbow from the headwaters of the Rangitaiki) had saved enough energy to make a last strong jump just as I was taking him out of the net, so the smaller one in the picture will have to do.

David Evett


Trout fishing in New Zealand

"Excellent two days fishing - fun fat rainbows and two big browns. Now spoilt for home - will have to persuade my wife to have a month holiday here." Geoff Donegan - Australia.


"Many thanks for an enlightening day, great hospitality, excellent service and fabulous teaching skills."
Helen MacCubbin, Australia


"Thanks again. I had a great trip and look forward to doing it again some day."
Chuck Long USA

Fly fishing trips, Bill Brogden  fishing in the  New Zealand

"The fishing trip with you on the Mangatutu river on the 23 January was a high point of our trip. You did a great job of guiding: picking me up in Te Awamutu, going to an excellent river, providing excellent gear, coaching me, and spotting trout. As you will remember, I was having trouble with the long leader and light line, being accustomed to heavier gear. You helped me very much with your tips and comments. I would recommend you as a guide to anyone." Bill Brogden - USA


"Hi Craig, I had a wonderful time. What a way to spend a 16 hr layover. Sure was better than sitting in the airport! Paul's a great guide. He did everything absolutely perfect, even put up with my ignorance quiet well.

I had a great time. Saw just a bit of your beautiful country and learned a lot. Hopefully I can do it again soon. All the best.." Martin Kubeja. USA


"Thanks for the wonderful trip when I was out there. It was a memorable experience."

Greg Burden Jr. - USA


"Excellent experience, Fish of a lifetime." Tim - USA

"Got my one day NZ big trout fix - thanks Craig for the great experience. "Dwight Pargee - USA


"Thanks so much for two enjoyable and productive days... Despite the weather. The taste of NZ you offered Phyllis and I will no doubt bring us back. See you soon... I hope." Bill Farland - USA


"Thanks for the great time and many of your helpful hints...I hope to get back to NZ and I'll be certain to look you up again." Mike Mitzen - USA


"Thank you for the wonderful trip!! We really enjoyed the fly fishing."

Jun and Yuka - Japan


"Thank you truly for the fantastic adventure. Your expert guidance helped me bring in the best fish I've ever caught and those crazy jumpers really put on a great show!" Richard James Dorn CDR USN - Japan


Nice Rainbow trout caught by Kogi Hosogi fly fishing in the Tauranga-Taupo river

"I really enjoyed to fish in New Zealand. Thanks alot. I wanna come back again and fish with you." Kogi Hosogi. - Japan

"Craig, what a nice Mangatutu river, very nice fish, a real challenge. And thanx for your help with the big brownie. My record in a river for my first fishing trip in New Zealand." Benoit - France


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