Ian Jones-Scottish Commonwealth Captain. We are extremely grateful to you and Craig for all the guidance and direction you set us at the beginning of our New Zealand fly fishing adventure which culminated in the success we had in the Commonwealth Championships. Your expert advice and tuition undoubtedly contributed to our success as we all used what we had learnt from you in our approach and understanding of catching the trout of the Tuki Tuki..
Alun Bartsch - Producer/Writer Mago FIlms The filming of the fourth series of internationally successful Surfing the Menu television series in New Zealand we contacted Marlene Skeet who was highly recommended to us. Through out the preproduction we found her to be very professional and always to give sound and solid advice. One of our stars was an accomplished fly fisherman and he was able to land many good size fish which added to the excitement of the story and filming. Another aspect that appealed to us about Marlene was her attitude to the environment as well as her connection with her Maori culture. I would have no hesitation in recommending Marlene to anyone for her knowledge, professionalism and her genuine friendly nature which is encouraging and unfussed at all times.
Ian Smith - N.S.WAustralia 7th January 09 So you are thinking of going Trout fishing in the North Island of New Zealand? Excellent idea. Also thinking of usingthe services of a guide. An equally good idea. I can vouch for these experiences, having just returned from N.Z. and done both. Well look no further. The guiding, hospitality and amiability of Marlene and Craig is as good as it gets. Marlene gives constant, very useful information, timely advice re rod work and steady encouragement.. and what's more, remains totally amiable. So if you want to enjoy the experience of getting into the beautiful Trout back country of New Zealand with some really authentic trout savvy and lovely Kiwis then Marlene and Craig have it all covered.
Stephen and Carolyn Duder - United Kingdom Feb 09The days we spent with you were the highlight of our New Zealand, North Island fly fishing trip. You and Craig were the perfect guides and hosts: I was able to fish all the time with Craig whilst knowing you were entertaining Carolyn by doing a bit of fishing but also showing her the local sites and giving a unique insight into Maori culture. The fly fishing was awesome! Craig knew the 'hot spots' and the patience to instruct me on the techniques of dry fly fishing in clear, fast flowing river water. The size and strength of those wild brown and rainbow trout which live up in the mountain rivers meant that we had a real fight on our hands when we had a strike. The fish we caught were in beautiful condition and it was great to release them back into the wild. I learnt a lot from Craig about casting and stalking.
Mike Chimenti /Thermopolis, Wyoming USA In December of 2008 I had a chance to go to the South Pacific. I had always wanted to go to New Zealand fishing and now was the time. Every day we went fishing I caught fish and landed fish that were around the 5 pound range. I hooked several that were much larger then these. I enjoyed the hook ups but was unable to land these large fish due to my own excitement and slow response. I had a tremendous time, the accommodation was outstanding and the fishing experience undescribable. To make it short I caught a lot of big fish and had a wonderful time. I plan to return in the next couple of years for a rerun.
Itoh, Iwami & Miki Japan March 2010. We had SO good time for everything. Thank you Marlene and Craig, Camp fishing, camp-fire, funny chat, beautiful sky, fire-pit, Heli-fishing, party in the hut, super guides, big trout, beautiful town, etc, etc,,,,All of those are wonderful memory.
Honey Moon Couple Yoko and Hiroki Kojima - Feb 09 Thanks to you Yoko has very enjoyed her holiday in New Zealand. She is talking about you and her activities that she experienced with you every night. She looks very happy. Unfortunately, the weather was not good for fishing, but I could still catch some beautiful fish owing to Craig. We appreciate you that we can get a lot of great memories that never forget.
Craig Bolch Australia-April 2013. Hi Marlene I was amazed at the quantity, size and strength of the fish in the river we fished. Your trout spotting skills are exceptional and this made a big difference to the amount of fish I hooked. You are also pretty quick on your feet, the speed you raced down stream to net the big rainbow was impressive. I really appreciated your knowledge and the time you gave in teaching me about nymph fishing and I put this into good use when I fished around Taupo later in the week, catching a few trout there as well. I hope to get back to Hawke’s bay next year and look forward to fishing with you again.
Acknowledgements to clients, Bert Denee, Antero Tanska, Ikuko Mitsuki, Stephan Janischewski,Steven Doughty for their contribution of wonderful photography.
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