Stu is a qualified Master Casting Instructor and became Australasia's first certified IFFF Master Fly Casting Instructor in 2007. He founded the New Zealand Fly Fishing Schools because he is passionate about sharing his vast experience.
As one of the most knowledgeable, respected and professional fly fishing guides in the country he has guided and taught fly fishing here and overseas, has fished all around the world for many species of fish, has hired many of the world’s top instructors himself to learn different styles and techniques and he is actually teaching other guides the art of guiding, teaching and fly casting.
Stu's also known as the Fly Casting Doctor – beginners, advanced, faults and fixtures, over the years Stu has helped thousands of fly fishers and guides with their fly casting and fishing. Many have returned year after year for more casting lessons.
No matter what level you’re at, book your lesson or trip sooner rather than later and learn from the master!
I booked a casting lesson and a guided fishing trip with Stu. From the very first phone call to the end of the trip I could not have experienced a more curious, helpful, knowledgeable pair. Stu was all you could ask of a guide and had the patience of a saint. I highly recommend anyone interested in fly-fishing to make the journey to Stu’s Fly Shop. Thank you for an unforgettable experience.
Stu quickly assessed my ability and put me in a position to be successful. The Gods were with us as the weather was great and we were sight casting often. Great coaching through out the day improved my casting significantly. The Shop is cool with opportunities to not only buy reasonably priced gear but several impulse buys as well. The type of place you could sit on the front porch and drink beer for way too long....
I decided years ago if I was going to learn how to fly cast, I would seek out the Master and get it right from the start. I had been waiting weeks for this lesson and it was the highlight of my trip to NZ, thank you Stu.
For years I have been hiring Stu’s services as a guide, for years he has hinted that maybe I needed a casting lesson. As I have fly fished over 50 years and caught nearly every species possible on a fly I thought – I do not need help with my casting as I catch fish. Ended up doing a casting lesson with Stu. I should have done this years ago - I would have caught even more fish, been able to cast with accurately into the wind, load my rod properly and Stu would have had far less tangles to undo. I can not recommend Stu ,his knowledge and patience enough, and yes I, will be having another casting lesson, tune up, next year before I go out guiding with him.
Dear Stu, I've followed your journey the last 25 years and I tell you what a pleasure it's been to watch someone walk the walk - not just talk or complain about life. A full life indeed and more chapters to go! Keep up the great work that you seem to keep doing, you are a leader not a follower.
Big thanks for the glo bugs you sent me - they worked a treat, and the hook stood up to the test, I caught a 32lb beast, scrapped with it and landed it! This jack was 93cm long by 37cm deep - it was certainly was an advantage on the day having a different colour egg pattern to the rest of the mob fishing.
I'm a long time supporter and avid fly fishing addict of yours. Without blowing smoke up your arse, I believe you have helped change this fly fishing game and industry we love! Your individuality and punk rock style has opened up the doors to characters that don't necessarily fit the tweed wearing, high earning profession. Diversity is good for our sport, I know you've made me feel more welcome as young hip hop listening guy entering the game and even the river!
Your fly design and innovation from outside the box has helped my progression, and not to mention some of the best fish catching flies I have ever used - they truly are superior! "Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work." Aristotle.
Many thanks again for another great newsletter to start the new season with. You do a great job and a massive service to all fisher folk, both resident in this country and from overseas. I am no longer able to fish myself so I enjoy your stories and the content of your newsletters. My sincere thanks....
Thanks again for your incredible flies. Apart from the journey and aim to catch fish, I find myself playing with these minnows in the water in front of me and am in awe at how well they move and are balanced. Superb workmanship!