Taupo Fly Fishing Guides - Meet Our Team

If you're spending a day or more of your limited time fly fishing in the Taupo region, it goes without saying you need a guide who is experienced and professional. On top of that you need someone who has the skills to change methods if needed, who can teach you new techniques and tips, and is friendly and patient with a good sense of humor. All our guides meet these requirements. 

Above all we are genuinely committed to doing everything possible to help you achieve your fly fishing goals and have a memorable adventure.

Chris Power

Chris grew up in Wanganui and started fly fishing the Tongariro when he was 11 (some 35 years ago...).  In those days he and his friend Roy (bio below) had no waders and stood for hours on winter mornings up to their waist in the river wearing shorts and sneakersLuckily this had no lasting affect and he was still able to have three kids later in life!

Chris has also spent six years fishing the central Canterbury rivers, fine-tuning his stalking and dry fly skills.  He now spends time between winter spawning runs on the Taupo & Turangi rivers, and summer wilderness fishing in the Bay of Plenty backcountry. He's also a great guy to spend a day on a river with.

Taupo Fishing Guide Chris Power with 8lb Rainbow Trout

Gareth Bayliss

Gareth grew up in the central South Island and cut his teeth fly fishing rivers like the Hurunui and Rakaia, learning to stalk and target large trout.

Over the past 5 years he has been living and guiding in Taupo: sharing with clients the region's famous rivers in winter, and in summer trekking through and filming remote wilderness locations in the backcountry of the central North Island. He has an analytical approach to fly fishing and clients frequently comment that he's a hard working guide and a patient instructor.

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Peter Wilton

Lucky enough to be born close to mountains and rivers, Peter started his love of fishing aged 9. Over the decades since then he has developed huge knowledge and experience fly fishing for New Zealand trout.

In 1995 Pete shifted to Taupo and got to know intimately not only our world famous rivers, but also an array of backcountry places that few people are lucky enough to fish. He has guided hundreds of happy clients from around the world over a 20+ year professional guiding career. When you fish with Pete you'll have a memorable day and learn alot too.

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Alex Waller

Alex started fishing with his Grandfather at the age of 6 and has been hooked ever since. In his early years he fly-fished Hampshire, Brecon Beacons and the South of France, until a trip to New Zealand changed his life.

Since 2003 Alex has lived in NZ and fished extensively throughout the North and South Islands, but was always drawn to the diversity of stunning rivers, streams and lakes in the Central North Island of NZ. In 2014 he became a professional Fly Fishing Guide in Taupo, sharing his love and passion of the region with clients from around the world.

When you fish with Alex you'll appreciate his dedication and enthusiasm which is contagious.

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 Zac Dove

Zac grew up in the mountains of Colorado where he started snowboarding aged 2, and fishing not long after. Throughout his youth he was fishing but it wasn’t until the age of 19 when he picked up a fly rod for the first time. Fly fishing soon consumed his entire life - putting in 150+ days on the river a year. He became a guide at 24.
Five years on and Zac is living out his dreams of chasing trophy trout in New Zealand, and sharing the wonderful Taupo region with keen anglers from around the world.  With no signs of slowing down Zac is studying for his IFFF Casting Instructor Certificate.

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Roy Bowers

Roy has been fishing the Taupo Turangi region since he was 11, firstly from a boat with his Dad and later with his old mate Chris (bio above) and other friends fly fishing the Tongariro river spawning runs.

Over the 34 years fishing the Taupo region Roy has seen the ups and downs of the fishery, new techniques arrive from overseas, and the growth in popularity of fly fishing nearby backcountry streams and rivers.

Aside from fishing, Roy loves filming and making fishing videos which can be seen on our Youtube Channel.

Roy Bowers Trophy Rainbow Trout

Tristan Chan - Webmaster

Tristan fishes for the pure joy of being outside. He is just as happy to sit on the boat and relax while someone else gets stuck into the work. His motto: "It doesn't matter how many fish you catch, as long as you brought enough beer" pretty much sums up his fishing philosophy.

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