We did a backcountry fishing/campout trip that was a 45 year revisit to old deer culling haunts in the Ruahine Ranges. Johnny made this a stand out experience. As your guide he is organised, promptly communicates, plans well and offers plenty of fishing options. He draws from an extensive fishing and tournament (national and international) experience and is fun and personable. It’s when you hit the river that Johnny brings it all to life. It’s quickly obvious he’s an outdoor zealot and fishing fanatic who captures the atmosphere and character of beautiful NZ backcountry life and fishing. Johnny has every trout quirk and habit figured out and has a wealth of skills and technical knowledge - watch him flash tie a blood knot. He is a motivated and excellent teacher and does it in a way that will up your game big time.
Johnny is an extraordinary and inspiring guy and the ultimate on the water guide, instructor and companion.
Go get em’ Johnny and thanks for an amazing experience.
Clive Robinson - Alabama, USA
" Thank you so much for recommending Johnny to us. We had 2 days with him. I thought he was an excellent guide. He worked hard to find us good fish and we caught them. My wife had not fished for trout before and he showed her how to cast patiently end effectively. She connected with 3 fish on and landed 1. Although I have fished for river and brook trout for more than 40 years, I learned a lot from him. He was good company, provided delicious snacks and meals and was a credit to NZ trout guiding."
Nigel & Alison Campbell - England
Ive had the honor of fishing side by side with Johnny Gummer over the last few years and hes remained one of the best anglers and teachers I’ve had the privilege of sharing a river with. From guiding beginners to fishing with experienced anglers, anyone can gain a wealth of knowledge and leave with so much more than before after a trip out with Johnny. His charismatic personality and unparalleled hospitality is just a bonus.
If you’re looking for a once in a lifetime fly fishing experience in New Zealand, Gummer’s you’re guide!
Shelen Scout Boyes - USA
"It highly unlikely that I will ever top this trout in a back water stream. Johnny from said it’s the largest a client had ever landed at 9 1/4 lbs. I was extremely blessed not only by the fish and scenery but Johnny’s guidance as well. We hiked over 12 kilometers of streams in 4 days camping along the way. I couldn’t possibly envision a better experience and highly recommend his services!"
Jered Joplin - USA
Hi Johnny, I would just like to thank you for all your efforts during our time fishing with you. It was amazing to see you spot a fish from so far away, your experience and professionalism were second to none with great conversations through out our days and a few laughs along the way catching a fish was a just bonus To then top it off by having a red letter day was an amazing experience ....one that I will never forget Thanks again mate
Laurie Debono - Australia
This week we went out with New Zealand fly fishing guide Johnny Gummer to a lovely back country river. It was a truly amazing experience, great fishing, great food, great company. My wife and I caught 5 excellent trout, both rainbows and browns and missed several more. My wife who is still learning to fish came ahead leaps and bounds under Johnny's patient tuition. Despite being 45 years younger than us there was great rapport on the water and Johnny inspired us to walk further and fish harder than we ever had before. You know you have a dedicated guide when he continuously battles the strong current to check out every likely reach on the far bank!
We cannot recommend Johnny more highly, if he doesn't get you onto fish no one will and to top of a magic day he produced a cold beer each! Fantastic.
Nigel & Annelise - Otaki, NZ
"I spent 4 great days on the water with Johnny. His ability to spot fish is amazing and with his
intimate knowledge of the waters and which flies worked best meant all I had to do was get the
fly in the right place. I found Johnny easy to get along with, hard working and provided useful
instruction to help me improve my skills. Anyone who fishes with him will get first rate service."
Michael Stevenson - Nelson, New Zealand
"Best father and son Christmas present ever. Had a terrific day, learned more than we would have in years on our own in just one day with Johnny. He has a unique gift in his ability to teach anyone of any age. His passion is contagious and we are looking forward to a future trip with Johnny. "
Mark and Thomas Clements - New Zealand
"From a family excursion to the challenge of experts, Johnny will share his passion and secrets, guaranteed an unforgettable experience. Patient with beginners and extremely technical with the experts, he will meet the expectations of all."
Marc Cremades - New Zealand
“A fantastic multi-day backcountry trip amidst stunning scenery in NZ’s lower North Island. Superbly organised, great tuition from a seriously knowledgeable angler, beautiful fish, great company and he cooks a mean breakfast. Every fly fisherman should do this at least once in their life. Cheers Johnny.”
James Fuller - Tauranga, New Zealand
"Johnny is one of the best up and coming fly fishers in New Zealand.
His skills are at a very high level and these skills make him a great guide."
Geoff Naylor, NSW, Australian Fly Fishing Team
I am a beginner fly fisherman and Leo had never done it before. Johnny's tutelage was patient, effective and frankly fun. Both of us caught plenty of fish and no one was more excited with our success than Johnny. Overall the experience was a 10 (which is amazing given the inclement weather) and Leo is now addicted for life. Thanks Johnny! We will see you again.
Andrew Loft - San Francisco, CA