HONEY MOON COUPLE / YOKO and HIROKI KOJIMA - Feb 09
IAN SMITH - N.S.W. Australia 7th January 09
STEPHEN and CAROLYN DUDER - United Kingdom Feb 09
I had no idea who to contact about such a trip so I got on the computer and typed the words Fly fishing New Zealand. The names of several guides came up on the computer.
I sent out an e-mail to all whose name appeared explaining what I was looking for in accommodations as well as how long I had to spend fishing. I got an immediate response from Marlene Skeet.
Others started to trickle in over the next several months. It was like they were testing me to see if I was in fact planning a trip. Marlene never questioned, she was the first to respond and continued to communicate with me even though I had not yet made up my mind with whom or where I would make a booking.
I booked with Marlene.
Now about the trip. I arrived in Napier at about 09:30 on december 27,2008 and was met by Marlene. She greeted me like she had known me for several years.
We made the short trip to her home/lodge. I was introduced to Craig her husband. My gear was unloaded; I was made comfortable in the clean well taken care of room where I would be staying for the next 5 days.
It was explained to me how the fish would feel when there was a strike and what action worked best for keeping the fish on. After the short lesson (very much appreciated I might add) Craig asked if I was ready to go fishing.
Every day we went fishing I caught fish. I was not used to the extremely clear water so I had some trouble getting used to this. However I caught and landed several fish that were around the 5 pound range. I hooked several that were much larger then these. I enjoyed the hook up but was unable to land any of these fish due to my own excitement and a bit of a slow response.
I had a tremendous time, the accommodations were outstanding, and the fishing experience was undescribable. To make it short I caught a lot of big fish and had a wonderful time. I plan to return in the next couple of years for a rerun.
Thermopolis, Wyoming USA
The filming of the fourth series of internationally successful Surfing the Menu television series in New Zealand we contacted Marlene Skeet who was highly recommended to us.
Throughout the preproduction we found her to be very professional and always to give sound and solid advice.
One of our stars was an accomplished fly fisherman and he was able to land many good size fish which added to the excitement of the story and filming.
The second presenter had only once before fly fished, but under Marlenes expert eye and tuition he too landed some great trout and more great footage was filmed. Another aspect that appealed to us about Marlene was her less macho attitude to the environment as well as her connection with her Maori culture which were keenly incorporated into our programme.
I would have no hesitation in recommending Marlene to anyone for her knowledge, professionalism and her genuine friendly nature which is encouraging and unfussed at all times.
Producer/Writer Mago FIlms
Marlene and Craig Skeet
One Cast Fly Fishing Adventures
4948 Puketitiri Road,
Local (NZ) calling: 06 839 8899
International calling: 64 +6+ 839 8899
Cell: 64 + 02108242117