Women's fly fishing adventure

Southern Rivers Fly Fishing & Hunting

(NZPFGA Members)

Your Professional New Zealand Fly Fishing & Hunting Guides

Jake Berry Fly Fishing Guide

Jake Berry (NZPFGA Member) 

Jake Berry was born and bred in the town of Wanaka in lower South Island region amongst experienced outdoorsmen.

He caught the adventurous bug at a very young age and always dreamed of becoming a professional New Zealand fly fishing and hunting guide. He pursued his fascination for fly fishing and hunting with great success. Jake quickly gained an extensive understanding of wild trout behaviour, refining the art of fly fishing and big game hunting.

For 20 years Jake has grown his skill and knowledge base as the owner and guide at Southern Rivers Fly Fishing. He combines a passionate enthusiasm for the outdoors and the pursuit of wild New Zealand trout. Along with sharing his skills and knowledge at all levels of fly fishing and big game hunting.

Jake is hugely adaptable, and with the support of his professional team of guides and an amazing family he will provide you with a professional and down-to-earth experience in New Zealand’s wild South Island.


Mitch Green (NZPFGA Member) 

Mitch grew up in the Upper and Central North Island backcountry. Mitch began exploring New Zealand’s wild wilderness chasing the vast variety of quarry that New Zealand is known for.

Moving to the South Island, New Zealand Mitch began living and breathing the pristine nature of the South Island. Following his true passion Mitch pursued a career in the great outdoors. On the back of this he quickly cemented himself as a true outdoorsman. Hunting big game and fly fishing for New Zealand’s cunning wild brown and rainbow trout became an obsession. 

Now Mitch looks to fill his boots with professional knowledge and experience as a professional guide for Southern Rivers Fly Fishing & Hunting. Mitch is passionate, humble and professional taking every chance to show off this countries amazing outdoor opportunities.


Paul Wright (NZPFGA Member)

For the past 6 years Paul has been a professional fly fishing guide for Southern Rivers Fly Fishing & Hunting. Prior to this Paul guided the Wanaka region for over 15 years. Paul built his guiding experience/reputation whist guiding for a renown heli fishing lodge. He now shares his experience and knowledge with clients of Southern Rivers Fly Fishing & Hunting. Specialising on both multi day South Island and helicopter experiences.

Paul knows how to have fun with his clients no matter what is thrown at them on the river. He is passionate about conservation and showcasing why he chose to make New Zealand his home many years ago in 2002.

“I moved to New Zealand from Scotland. I consider myself incredibly lucky to be based in one of the best fishing regions in the world. I am always keen to share this piece of paradise with other keen anglers. Regardless of your level of experience, age and expectations, I can guarantee an unforgettable day of fishing”. – Paul Wright



Erica Gilchrist

Erica is a high country native with a passion for the back country rivers of the South Island. This passion was sealed whilst growing up around the Upper Waitaki river valleys and lakes with friends and family. Captivated from the first cast, Erica’s motivation for fly fishing developed into a way of life.

This passion lead her to Otago from the big smoke of Christchurch where she educated and practised as a Landscape Architect. Fast-forward to today, Erica still rattles around the high country with her family of three. And now spends her summers as a professional fly fishing guide. 

When on the river Erica loves sharing her knowledge and enthusiasm for the natural landscape. Erica is also an expert in the finer details of the native ecosystems in New Zealand’s stunning wilderness areas. Erica strives for client satisfaction, she is flexible and incredibly patient. Every chance to get back out on the river excites her!




To facilitate educational and truly memorable New Zealand fly fishing & hunting experiences.

Southern Rivers Fly Fishing & Hunting continually aims to find those memorable experiences that people take home with them to share with others.

They believe that everybody has a different ideal experience but a very similar desire, to catch and hunt the wild trout of New Zealand.



As highly experienced fly fishing & hunting guides with a passion to teach Southern Rivers Fly Fishing & Hunting promote the flow of knowledge between guide and client, with adaptability and consideration for individual needs and abilities.

With strong communication lines between guide and client they ensure a refined yet flexible experience for the client.

Core Values

Core values

Honesty · Safety · Reliability · Conservation · Integrity · Loyalty · Fun

Southern Rivers Fly Fishing & Hunting believe client and guide safety to be of highest priority. This is best achieved through good communication and honesty.

They also believe education about conservation and the environment to be a core value of the business. This education is to be taught with a strong sense of reliability and trust through highly qualified and passionate guides.

Fly Fishing & Hunting Culture

Southern Rivers Fly Fishing & Hunting

Continually aims to find those memorable experiences that people take home with them to share with others.

Maintain a very adaptable nature due to the diverse range of clientele and the extremely changeable conditions faced in the outdoors of New Zealand and the South Island. If the situation needs to be changed they offer honest alternatives for the client whilst engaging in strong communication of their preferences in the situation at hand.

Their culture is to aid people through a smooth exposure to their way of life in the outdoors and methods of fly fishing & big game hunting. This is succeeded through being a highly experienced and well-educated guides who maintain a friendly and relaxed attitude with strong elements of safety, reliability, flexibility and trust.

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