My name is Serge Antonin Bonnafoux
I am the managing director and head guide of Fly Fish New Zealand Ltd. I am a Member of NZPFGA, New Zealand Professional Fishing Guide Association. My company is based in Hanmer Springs North Canterbury just a short cast away from Christchurch.
Hanmer Springs, is a beautiful alpine village located at the bottom of the Lewis pass on the way to the west Coast.
I have been fishing and fly fishing for more than 50 years, with a cane rod to start with and under the instructions of my Dad, who has been my best mentor.
Years of practice saw me using various methods of fishing, such as bait fishing in the alpine streams of Europe, spinning with memorable memories in Asian countries, fly fishing around the world, surf casting and game fishing on the Coasts of Australia, Vanuatu and New Zealand.
My passion took me half way around the planet and offered me opportunities to fish most of the European countries – France, England, Ireland, Slovenia, and other countries of the former Yugoslavia – Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Spain, and Italy. I also visited countries like Malaysia, Thailand, Nepal, Australia and New Zealand where I landed 30 years ago with only 2 bags and my fishing rods of course.
My fishing destinations at that time were around the North Island’s rivers my favourite ones being the Taupo region, Rotorua and the East Coast.
I met wonderful people who gave me the desire to fish more and to become a fly fishing guide.
I have since moved down to the South Island where we have two properties located in North Canterbury – Hanmer Springs and extended my guiding activities right through the Lewis Pass to the mighty West Coast, from Karamea to Haast.
What was my hobby for so long became my profession when I first started as a fly fishing guide in the Buller Region on the West Coast, fishing on the most beautiful rivers of the anglers paradise that is the South Island of New Zealand.
My extended knowledge of the North Canterbury Region, West Coast, the flora and fauna, healthy meals and great stories will make of your fishing trip, a complete Kiwi experience I will tailor for you, according to your requirements.
From a single day to two full weeks, I will guide you on as many as 40 rivers, from spring creeks to coastal and high country rivers in North Canterbury, the mighty West Coast and anywhere else around the South Island that might be of interest to you.
Join me and enjoy a lifetime guided fishing adventure, where you will stalk, spot and catch the wild brown trout, the rainbow trout in the wilderness and beauty of our country. I strive to do the very best for you, to put you on to the best Kiwi trout fishing adventure.
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