Ben is a brilliant guide. I spent a great day walking a high country stream with him. He seemed to know every twist, turn and pool. We saw and caught some of the biggest fish I have seen. A really nice bloke who goes out of his way to make sure everything is perfect.
Fishing with Ben was the highlight of my 3 week trip to New Zealand. Ben was there 20 minutes early to pick me up. It was a 45 minute drive to where we started fishing. Gorgeous scenery throughout the fishing experience. We hiked into a gorge and fished 3 different rivers. Fish were plentiful, caught several and had fun. Ben knows the hot spots and when the fish were not taking one fly, he knew what fly to switch to. He is very safety conscience, carried medical supplies and an evac phone in case of an emergency. Even this 70 year old fisherman could not have found a better fishing guide and partner anywhere.
This was my third trip with Ben, that says it all. He finds fish where I can only see rocks. He knows I like challenging, hard and long days on the river. My legs and I are never disappointed. Excellent guiding! I will be back again.
“Our experience with Ben was second to none. Our group contained three fishermen of varying experience, yet Ben was still able to find locations and fish to suit each members needs. As overseas visitors, Ben was able to broaden our knowledge of the whole region and show us some spectacular locations.”
“I have never fished with anyone who is able to spot fish better than my guide Ben Haywood. He put me on multiple large rainbows in only a half day fishing trip! It was a first class experience and a fly fishing trip of a lifetime. Thank you Ben!”
“Our day fly fishing for trout with Ben Haywood was absolutely wonderful. As novice fly fishers we were a little concerned we wouldn’t be up to the task but with Ben’s advice and assistance we soon felt comfortable and relaxed, and we were onto the fish in no time. Ben’s knowledge of the river system was outstanding and his encouragement and expertise ensured we had a fun, exciting and thoroughly enjoyable day. Thanks to Ben, we can’t wait to get back so he can take us salmon fishing. I would happily recommend Ben to anyone wanting to fish in NZ. You are guaranteed to have a memorable experience and a fantastic time.”
“I have never worked with a guide more dedicated than Ben. He was willing to start early and fish until late evening in order to give the best fishing experience ever! He really knows the rivers and how to put you on the fish.”
“My full day of fly fishing for rainbow trout with Ben Haywood was a dream fulfilled. I came with none of the required food and fishing equipment, but all was provided. Ben has superlative guiding skills as well as being incredibly patience and helpful. This allowed me to catch some large trout along one of his favorite streams. His guiding skills were made more difficult as I had balance and mobility problems from ankle osteoarthritis. His uncanny knack of spotting fish in the water, and telling you where to place the fly was very efficient in fishing long stretches of the stream. This was a fishing experience, partially captured on camera, that I will never forget.”