fishing for compliments


"I had the great pleasure of fishing with Jeff for two days in November, 2015.  Jeff is the consummate fishing guide.  Knowledge, skill, and patience beyond belief, allows Jeff to share his passion with mere mortals like me. I learned more about fishing in two days with Jeff than I have in the past two years on my own.  Jeff put me on plenty of big fish.  On the water, and in Jeff’s very capable vehicle, Jeff is always concerned about the comfort and safety of his client, but when there’s a fish on, Jeff does whatever it takes to put the fish in the net.  And if you sign up for a day, be prepared for a “full" day.  Jeff is a pleasure to hang around with and when it comes to guiding fly fishermen,  Jeff is “all in”. "



"Fly fishing in New Zealand has always been a dream of mine, so when I got the chance to do it, I wanted what we all want in a fishing guide: a total badass who will take us where the fish are and give us the best possible chance to catch one. I got that and a whole lot more with Jeff Forsee. This guy is the most genuinely friendly and knowledgable fishing guide I’ve ever had the pleasure of fishing with.

Our day out started a little shaky. In truly amateur fashion, I had put on the wrong pair of socks the morning of our fishing trip. I only realized this about a mile into our hike (the first mile of which was straight up a very steep hillside). I reluctantly informed Jeff that my hiking socks were in my suitcase at the hotel, and that my heels were already feeling the painful consequences of my mistake. Without hesitation, he offered to run back down to his vehicle and grab a spare pair of socks that he had. He insisted it was no big deal, but I know very few guides would have done the same. I was blown away.

With the wardrobe malfunction behind us, we went on to have one of the best days fishing that I’ve ever had. On my first cast (as if in some sort of fairytale) my fly got smashed by a rainbow trout seconds after its delicate landing in the spot where Jeff had instructed me to cast. The rest of the day produced much of the same. Jeff’s keen sighting had me casting on those beautiful beasts all day. He was attentive, efficient and super professional. When conditions got tricky, he was patient and helpful in his instruction. Turns out he makes a damn good sandwich, too!

Do yourself a huge favor and book a trip with this guy!"

eric freeman, usa

"Hope this email finds you well, attached are some pics from the best fishing day I have ever experienced and I mean that whole heartily. I have fished all my life from the time I could walk and I have a new respect from fly fishing. (Not sure I want to fish any other way now.) Again I can't thank you enough for the patience that you displayed and your hospitality. You are truly blessed that you get to do this on a daily basis and are very professional at your job.

Thanks again for a lifetime memory. I hope to do it again one day when we come back."


"I just wanted to thank you again for the great day of fishing Tim and I had with you on December 8th, 2015. Your tireless effort to make sure we both caught fish was great and your patience with our rusty fly fishing skills made for an awesome day. You are truly a fantastic guide and we would highly recommend you to anyone that wants to enjoy the pleasure of Trout fishing in the amazing beauty of the wilds of south island New Zealand. Thank you again and all the best to you for the New Year. Hope we get to fish with you again someday."