I’d like to introduce my friend and guiding buddy Tony Entwistle.
Tony is Based in Nelson and runs is own guiding business Tony Entwistle New Zealand Fly Fishing
What Tony has got to say:
“One way or another, my life has always been substantially linked to the world of rivers, brown trout and fly fishing. As a seven year old I started trout fishing with a worm and have held a licence every year since. In my early twenties I began teaching others the pleasures of fly fishing and have now taught hundreds of anglers how to cast and enjoy New Zealand’s amazing trout fisheries.
After a brief stint as a secondary school teacher I started my first guiding business in 1980, based at St. Arnaud in Nelson Lakes National Park. I helped pioneer heli-fishing into many of the magic wilderness streams that characterise the northern area of the South Island, before they became established names in international angling circles.
I am a Life Member and former President of the New Zealand Professional Fishing Guides Association and was a founder member of the NZ Fly Fishing Team to several World Championships from 1987-1992. From 1990-1999, my wife Sharon and I owned a specialist fly-shop and shooting store in Nelson. For seven years I was a councillor on the Nelson Acclimatisation Society and then the Nelson-Marlborough Fish and Game Council. I have actively lobbied for the protection of New Zealand’s sports fisheries for most of my adult life and have been a regular contributor of articles on fly fishing in New Zealand for more than thirty years “.