Scott Murray, better known as “The Trout” around the world has become famous in his own right as a renowned brown trout fly fishing Guide. He leads River Haven Lodge's fly fishing team of Guides, considered to be one of the friendliest, and most experienced in the country! In River Haven's Guiding Team, all our Guides have between 15 and 25 years of experience guiding for the Top of the South Island of New Zealand. Their experience and knowledge are beyond measure.
Dave Whitlock said, and I quote; "We are often asked where our favourite place to fish is. That's easy - the south island of New Zealand. It's truly a paradise on earth if you like to breath pure air, connect with friendly, interesting people, be awed by gorgeous scenery, engage in almost any outdoor sport you can think of and catch big, beautiful wild trout. For us, the epicentre of that paradise is with Scott and Leya Murray at their River Haven Lodge. Lots of folks spend a life time looking for paradise ... and it's just a 12 hour flight from Los Angeles!" Dave Whitlock (below left) added River Haven Lodge to his new book, calling it "One of the Top Ten Destinations to fish for brown trout, in the world!"
"The Ugly Anglers" film crew from France did a special on River Haven Lodge (see shorts on River Haven Lodge Face Book page), due to the exceptional brown trout fly fishing that they experienced while in New Zealand. Our Guides are experienced in sighting brown trout, as though they had a type of radar connection with the fish themselves! They tie their own flies giving you an edge. Tying flies to match the exact insect stage, is where our Guides shine! You can be assured, River Haven Guides are among the friendliest and most patient, in the country, and they are all non-smokers.
River Haven's high return client base speaks for itself, as our Guide's friendly personalities, attitude, skills, patience, and knowledge, bring back clients year after year. All of our Guides have a unique instinct to read the fishery, as well as their client’s desires, and combine them to create a paradise for those that spend time fly fishing at River Haven Lodge.
Our guides skills are unquestionable, but their uncanny ability to convey that knowledge to the client and give that person the edge and confidence to catch the illusive, wily New Zealand brown trout, is where they shine! River Haven's friendly Guides are hand selected to give you the very best New Zealand brown trout fishery, has to offer. They have the skill, knowledge and most importantly, the desire to make your day on the river unforgettable! Don't forget to leave the lodge a photo, for the "Wall of Fame" in RHL bar, and for the web-site gallery!
Our guides are wonderful with the most experienced or novice anglers, whether they are male or female. Some of our best anglers have been women! It's a growing sport for ladies, and we at River Haven Lodge would love to teach you! It's a life long sport, that will bring you more pleasure that you can imagine! Shown below is (left) Kerrie Modder and (right) Bobbie Gay with some gorgeous browns!
Scotty and his lovely wife Leya, own property ON the Mangles River front, and have built “River Haven Lodge” to accommodate those with the same passion for fly fishing. Have a look at the website for River Haven Lodge at www.riverhaven.co.nz or simply explore the tabs above for more information about River Haven Lodge. We’ve built a private Bar on the property just steps from your cabin, in the main Lodge, for you to enjoy a cold beer or some of New Zealand’s finest wines and be able to "walk" home.
River Haven Lodge is "All Inclusive", from your gear, cabin, all meals, right down to house wine and beer! Enjoy your meals with other fly fishing anglers, socializing with other Lodge guests, and share your day’s fly fishing experience during great dinner conversation.
Want a memorable fly fishing experience? We at River Haven Lodge believe that we have the best accommodation and Guides, in the most central location of any lodge within a 100 mile radius!
Whether you're fishing with Scott "The Trout" or one of his experienced team of guides, River Haven Lodge is confident you will not be disappointed!