John Gendall Fly Fishing

Nelson Lakes National Park

South Island - New Zealand

about your guide…

With a passion for fishing that extends more than 40 years, John Gendall offers authentic and professionally guiding for wild brown trout on New Zealand’s South Island. He has more than 30 years of experience in a region of the world that he considers to be one of the best for trout and fly fishing.

Over the course of his career, he has guided for Atlantic Salmon on the Ponoi River in Russia; fished and guided for cut throats in  Wyoming; fished in Norway for Salmon, trout and Arctic Char; he has also chased bone fish and tarpon in the Florida Keys and Belize.

John Gendall has been featured on several television fishing shows, including “The Take” (from the United Kingdom) and ESPN’s “Fly Fishing the World” where he guided actor Henry Winkler (“The Fonz”). John has even tried his hand at competition and won the Jackson Hole One Fly professional division in 2000. 2011 winner of Jackson Hole One fly, ‘top guide award’. John has most recently featured in the ‘Nervous Waters’ DVD and the ‘End of the Earth’ documentary about John’s Salmon guiding experience in Russia.

Mr. Gendall holds a University degree in Parks Recreation and Tourism Management, a boats master license and is trained in First Aid and CPR. John is also a member of the New Zealand Professional Fishing Guides Association (the NZPFGA).

As a recommendation, most of my clients allow 2-3 days or longer if time allows to get the best opportunity to fish a variety of waters. During a days guiding, I supply all flies, tippet materials and indicators, vehicle transport and a picnic lunch. I love this sport and I’m only too happy to share my knowledge and experience.

John’s additional guide

Jonathan Greensmith, an experienced guide with 22 yrs in the north Canterbury region has joined john in the guiding. The combined knowledge and close friendship of these two experienced guides ensure you a diverse quality experience on a huge variety of rivers.

Customer Comments

“We have fished with many great guides but John Gendall is special, his enthusiasm and love for fishing make a day spent on any stream with him special” — Carol and Nubs Fratt, USA

“Having fished regularly with John Gendall for the past seven years, I continue to be amazed by his extensive knowledge of river lore and trout habitat. Not only is he a truly excellent guide, but also a great companion with a special ability to find the right fish at the right time in all conditions.” — Neil Larkman, New Zealand

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