We have a very close-knit team of guides, each of whom are passionate about teaching fly fishing. All are incredibly enthusiastic about sharing their hard-earned knowledge, and they love nothing more than to help others advance their skills and understanding of the sport.
Read on to learn a little more about each of our guides.
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Antony is now the sole owner of Goulburn Valley Fly Fishing / Guide By Your Side. He has guided full-time on the Goulburn River for more than twenty years, and he specialises in drift boat and technical dry fly fishing. He also leads our trips to Montana and other destinations. He loves nothing more than sharing his knowledge of the Goulburn River with others, and his understanding of how to find fish at all river levels and in all conditions, is unparalleled.
He spends more time on the oars than anyone else here, often doing 45 drifts in January alone; the result of doing two-a-days when the demand for drift boats is greatest. He also has a great understanding of hatch based fishing, with his favourite style being fishing to large, sighted brown trout, with dry flies.
Antony has done numerous seasons of guiding in NZ and often leads our trips to other parts of the fly fishing world. He also runs our websites and takes close-up photos of rising trout in his spare time. You can often find him hanging from a tree in camouflage clothing with a telephoto lens in his hands. Nearly all of the photos you see on this blog are his.
In his downtime Antony likes to surf and run. He has two children, a boy Sasha (7) and a girl Ava (5). His wife Maree is a teacher at the local high school, and she also runs a small photography business.
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Bo is a character, and it would be fair to say that everyone who meets him, remembers him. He has traveled extensively, and he has led a very ‘interesting’ life to date. Nothing about Bo is what you would call ‘typical’ or ‘average’.
Bo excels at teaching casting, and his ability to identify faults and then repair them; is second to none. He is a fabulous instructor, equally adept at instructing beginners or teaching the finer points of fly fishing to the more experienced.
In recent years, Bo has done a lot of guiding in New Zealand, and he is now one of our leading NZ guides. He also helps with the Montana trips, and is a qualified drift boat guide, after nearly two decades of tutelage by both David and Antony.
Bo is the perfect companion on the river or road. He is funny, exuberant, patient, and hard-working. He goes above and beyond what is expected on every single occasion, and he has an innate ability to make people feel at ease from the moment they meet him. As such, he is one of our most requested guides.
Bo is also a talented musician, playing both the guitar and piano.
He has two kids; a boy Sasa (13) and a girl Tiana (12). His wife Virginia, is a stay-at-home mum; tending full-time to the needs of the family while Bo is away guiding.
Cameron has been guiding for GVFFC in New Zealand for the past 12 seasons. On his first day he was given a hire car, a map and two clients; and told to “go for it”…
….. and he’s never looked back!
Fast forward to 2018 and he has worked with, and developed many life-long friendships with a large number of our clients, all the while building a guiding skill-set that consistently gets results on the rivers and streams of the Southland region.
Cameron is an incredibly enthusiastic and positive person. His towering height only matched by his willingness to go hard and do whatever is required; each and every day. We constantly receive feedback from clients that highlights Cameron’s work ethic; with an oft reported quality being that even at the end of the day, when other guides would be back at the lodge, he is still out on the water, crossing rivers and climbing steep banks, in the hope of sighting ‘just one more fish’ for his clients to cast to’.
In a previous life Cameron or “Camo” as he’s better known, worked as a guide for a large Melbourne fishing outfitter in the Northern Territory, far North Queensland and the outer Barrier Reef, chasing a multitude of species; from Barramundi to Dogtooth Tuna; from Marlin to Trevally.
His career has included stints in the Australian Army, the retail fishing and camping industry, and more recently; a long-standing career with Woolworths in logistics.
Cameron lives in Melbourne with his partner Marg. He loves travelling, fly fishing, reading a great novel and Thai food.
Semi-retired in May 2018! Only available on arrangement
David Pickering is a legend in the Goulburn Valley. Now in his mid-seventies, it would be safe to say that there is not a lot in fly fishing that he hasn’t seen or done.
David was one of the original founders of Goulburn Valley Fly Fishing Centre, having moved to the area in 1989 and five years later (1994) hanging out a shingle that read:
‘Fly Fishing Tuition and Hamburgers’.
Perhaps more than anyone, David’s talents have been honed as a result of being exceptionally single-minded of focus. David just loves to fish, and there’s been many a night where his friends and colleagues have sat on his tailgate in the dark, waiting in vain for him to get back to the car.
With David it is always; ‘just one more cast’.
He is an exceptional river angler. A precise short to mid-distance caster with an ability to teach all of the skills that he himself possesses. David has fished with some of the best guides and anglers around the world . As such, he is a very accomplished fly fisher who has forgotten more about the sport than most will ever know.
David was our lead NZ guide for 17 consecutive seasons and as such, his knowledge of the fishing in Southland is extensive. He has also fished for many years in Idaho – Montana – Wyoming, and has also led numerous trips to places such as British Columbia (Canada), Los Roques (Venezuela) and Patagonia (Argentina).
He is also an experienced drift boat guide and has rowed/guided for many years on the Goulburn, Swampy Plain, Tumut and a multitude of rivers in the USA.
David is the only septuagenarian we know who works harder today, than he did twenty years ago. His work ethic is such that he has acquired the moniker of ‘The Terminator’ among our staff and clients. In his mid-seventies now, he has shown little sign of slowing up.
David will soon retire and will only work ‘whenever he gets the itch’. He lives with his partner Annella and spends his time bouncing between Thornton, NZ and Melbourne.