John Hamill

Years Fishing?


Years Guiding?


Who introduced you to fly fishing?

My father, Bill Hamill.

Can you tell us a little about your home waters and the fish you pursue there?

Lakes, Rivers and Streams of the central North Island of New Zealand. Brown and Rainbow trout.

What's the height of the season for you? What time of year is your personal favorite?

December to end of March. Sight fishing and February / March dry fly action on terrestrials.

What are your favorite travel destinations? What's on the bucket list?

Alaska, Northern BC and at home. Bucket list, Salt water fly for Bonefish, Permit and Tarpon.

What you like most about Thomas and Thomas rods? Which rods do you fish?

The quality of the finish. The range to suit all abilities. Horizon, Helix, LPS II, NS and ATS. Go to is LPS II 905.

My favorite thing about guiding is:

The satisfaction of having a client have a great day.

From the angler’s point of view, what do you see as the main value of going on a guided trip?

Easy introduction to the area and hopefully the best result.

What can new fisherman expect to get out of a guided trip? My favorite thing to teach a client is ...

How to read the water, techniques and skills. It's the longest apprenticeship to serve!!

What's your ideal lunch when on the water? What do you actually pack?

Streamside gourmet sandwiches, breads of choice, local cheeses, favourite dressing, fresh salad and selection of meats.

What fly fishing blogs/magazines do you read regularly?

Fly dreamers, NZ fishing news and fly fisherman mag.

When I'm not fishing you'll find me:

Fishing or preparing gear, occasional mountain biking and hiking trails.

Contact Info


64 (02) 195-1959



P O Box 1196

Rotorua, Bay of Plenty 3040
New Zealand

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