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Testimonials From Around The Globe

Judy and Jeremy Insull

Our party of four had the most wonderful day’s fishing with Ben. He picked us up from our accommodation in Tekapo and spent the drive talking to us about the area and different fishing options. He had tailored the trip to both our fitness and fishing ability and we had an excellent experience, catching several trout over 20lbs and lots of smaller ones. Ben was attentive and encouraging, making sure we got the most out of the day – plus he provided a tasty, filling lunch along with tea and coffee as needed to keep us going! We would thoroughly recommend Ben.

Ben Hickmer

I booked with Braided Rivers Fishing Guides last year with my 6-year-old son Bodhi. Right from the pickup from our accommodation Ben was an awesome guide. He customised our trip to suit Bodhi and his little legs, and my keenness to catch a donkey trout. It was our first attempt at trout fishing and within the first hour Bodhi got himself a nice 10lb rainbow! With Bodhi ticking off his fish it was my turn. Ben expertly talked and guided me through the techniques and finally landed me a dream rainbow trout going very close to that magic 20lb mark. Ben ran such an awesome days fishing. I am looking forward to our next trip

Haemish Crawford

Ben is a fantastic fishing guide. His teacher background helps so much in his ability to engage with anglers of all ages. He explains the techniques so well you don’t need a guide the next time you go! The best thing is you catch large numbers of trout and they are enormous. I have recommended Ben to a number of friends and the feedback has been nothing short of an outstanding experience.

Frank Frizelle

I have been fishing for 60years, and trout fishing for 50. I have been using a guide for the last 30 (other than my father). I have never caught as many excellent conditioned fish, nor had such a fantastic experience with a fishing guide. My only reservation about recommending Ben is that I might not be able to get a booking next season.

Karen Bisman

I had an amazing experience with Ben. I found him to be reliable, helpful, very knowledgeable, kind, considerate and personable. His sense of humour is awesome too. He has a quiet disposition and very pleasant manner. I will never forget my trip with him. He goes that extra mile to make it as enjoyable as possible.

Will Thomson

Ben was a fantastic guide with a wealth of knowledge and a willingness to share it while making it simple enough for someone who’d never been fishing before to understand. My technique really improved throughout the day as we caught some magnificent fish as promised, several over 20lb. Exciting stuff! My mother and I had a great time and really enjoyed it. I’m actively recommending the experience to my friends and work-mates as it was just simply fantastic.

Alex Guilleux

“My 3 young boys (11, 9 and 5) and I have been fishing with Ben a few times now.
It’s a fantastic experience and I would recommend it highly. Ben provides a great combination of practical experience and teaching skills that are fantastic for the kids.

Jonathan Butler

Ben knows his stuff. When it comes to fishing the canals his knowledge is inexhaustible as is his enthusiasm. He’s a great guy to spend a day with. The three of us had a day with plenty to keep us entertained including a 21 pound rainbow trout and a 17 pound brown. Best freshwater fishing in the world. Ben is the best guide to do it with.