Ian Cole and Craig Smith are well established full time fly fishing guides based in Wanaka, and members of the NZ Professional Fly Fishing Guides Association. They are both Certified FFF Casting Instructors, and have been featured in numerous magazines articles.
Ian Cole is a life long fly-fisherman. Starting at the tender age of 13, he has enjoyed 40 years of learning the “gentle art”. He has extensive fly-fishing experience all over the world and has contributed to a number of publications and videos. Fly fishing is his lifetime passion. He revels in sharing it with others - he has guided “the south” for over 18 years. He is a talented and patient tutor. Over the years Ian has taught 100’s of budding fly-fishers the “gentle art”.
Craig Smith has grown up fly fishing, starting at 12 years old, he spent his school years discovering the small streams of the Canterbury area. Also a qualified teacher and botanist, Craig has fly fished the South Island for 30 years, concentrating his fishing and guiding in the Southern Lakes for the last 14 years. He has a real passion for fly fishing instruction, and has introduced hundreds of clients and students to the joy of fly fishing the wilderness areas that Wanaka has to offer.