Hi – I’m Graeme, one of Nokomai’s experienced fishing guides

With over 40 years of fly fishing experience in the Southland and Otago region,I have a sound knowledge of weather, river conditions and where to find fish.

I’m a member of the New Zealand Professional Fishing Guides Association,council member and chairman of Southland Fish & Game, Trustee of the Waiau Fisheries and Wildlife Trust, Committee member of the Wakatipu Wilding Conifer Group and a former conservation rep.

When I’m not on the river fishing or guiding you’ll find me down south on our farm or in Queenstown with my family.

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Graeme Watson is the ultimate fishing guide,excellent company,a thoughtful gentleman and a real professional.

~Jim & Susan Henry
New York, USA

I recently returned from a three week trip to New Zealand.I was fortunate to fish several locations in the South Island during my trip.Graeme Watson was my guide while I stayed at Nokomai Station. The few days we fished the Mataura were great.I rarely go to the same place twice,but would fish again with Graeme.”

~Mike Cherry

My son and I, together with two of our friends, fished with Southland Fly Fishing last December, using the Royal Mail Hotel in Lumsden as our headquarters. Our guides, Alan Wilson, Graeme Watson and Daryl Paskell stayed at the nearby motel and joined us after breakfast each morning ready to go.

The fishing in Southland is as good as any New Zealand has to offer. The Mataura, in spite of its fame, remains a much underrated stream. The other major river system is that of the Oreti but there are myriads of smaller streams in the area, all fishing well at the right time. Alan, Graeme and Daryl know these waters backwards. They made the most  of some difficult conditions, finding some great fishing in interesting and challenging places. Typically, the fish were in the three to five pound bracket, browns and rainbows, with the biggest being my son’s eight-pounder. (Let’s not get confused with kilos or inches.)

The Southland team has picked out some spots for our next trip and we will join them again next December. They are first rate guides, great company and highly recommended.

~John Lance
Sydney, Australia


Having fished in many parts of the world, in my opinion Graeme is one of the most knowledgeable, patient and helpful guides I have fished with

~Martin Ward

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