Pete Fordham Fly Fishing Guide

The ultimate fly fishing experience

Dear Prospective New Zealand Flyfisherman

Over the last 25 years I have “chased” trout around the world with my fly rod. I have been to dozens of lodges and fished with many guides/outfitters in the Rocky Mountains, Canada, Alaska, Iceland, Chile, Argentina, Russia and New Zealand. I have fished with Peter Fordham for at least one week each season for the last 15 years and I would like to tell you why I keep coming back year after year.

First, Peter’s operation is strictly that of an outfitter/guide. He does not have a lodge on a specific river. All of his clients stay in motels, home stays, backcountry huts, camping etc. This flexibility of living arrangements allows Peter to put the client where the fishing conditions and/or the water clarity are the best.

Second, Peter has dozens of possible beats that can be accessed by vehicle and/or helicopter. In addition, he is constantly searching for new water and developing access points to it.

Third, Peter is an extremely competent guide that works very hard to give his client the best possible fishing experience. His ability to pick out a trout to “sight fish” is uncanny. He also has an amazing arsenal of flies in his vest to tempt the most wary of trout.

Fourth, Peter is a very good teacher for casting, drift management and playing very large trout on light tippet. In addition, I am amazed how incredibly patient he is when retrieving my gear from trees, bushes and untangling my knots.

Finally, I would say that the best part of fishing with Peter is the feeling that I am fishing with a good friend. If you choose him as your guide/outfitter, I’m sure you will have a fun time while you are catching some of the largest trout on the planet. If you are interested in more information, contact me at

Bud Rush Novato, CA

Sometimes you feel like you win the lottery, and we felt that when we had Peter Fordham as our guide for seven days in November 2009. The rivers he brought us to, his enthusiasm and spirit, his skills and his ability to teach us in the specifics about how to fish for NZ trout - amazing! We had the time of our lives, quite a few nice trout, and we felt that we were on a field trip with a very good friend.

Going fishing in the Taupo / Turangi area? No doubt about whom to ask to be your guide, it's got to be Peter!

Tor and Jan, two middle aged Norwegians who will be back!

Dear Peter,

Your guiding during the last week of January was phenomenal. You put me in extraordinary places, which yielded fabulous fish. While five pounds was common, it was a thrill to put in the nets seven and eight pound browns and rainbow.

Most important Peter is your willingness to share your knowledge with your clients. I learned a great deal water, techniques, and the area we were fishing. A week with you is a truly outstanding experience, and I am delighted to book you again.

My only criticism is that your 6'4" height gives you a four foot stride. Try to remember I am only 6' tall when we fish next year.

Best regards,
Portland, Oregon

Dear Peter,

Thank you for giving us the best vacation in our 38 years of life!!!!! And we are not even talking about the fishing yet. We really appreciate you so very much! We re/ally don't know if we can wait for 18 months to fish with you again!

Thank you so much for your super hard work, very need patience, great teacher, BEST fishing & vacation in our lives. Thank you!

Glenn & Tuen

Dear Peter,

A short note to thank you, once again for a marvellous weekend on the Mohaka. We were unbelievably blessed with good weather and an abundance of fish.

Peter, I think that this weekend brings to seven the trips which I have shared with you in recent years.

I have enjoyed every one of them immensely. You fulfil all that one could wish for in a guide and fishing companion - great technical skill, positive enthusiasm, and encouragement, coupled with culinary skills and stamina for the apres fishing socialising.

I have learnt so much from your guidance and have enjoyed very much your companionship during this period.

With very best wishes,
(Client from Remuera, Auckland, New Zealand)

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