Boris has been in operation as a professional fishing guide since 1990. He enjoys the privilege of many returning clients, some of whom have returned every year to fish the South Island of New Zealand with him.
Boris is a member of the New Zealand Professional Fishing Guides Association and maintains a current First Aid Certificate and relevant Health & Safety requirements.
When Liam Neeson was in New Zealand with the American sports channel ESPN, Boris had the pleasure of guiding Liam during the production of the series “Fly Fishing The World”.
Boris acted as guide in the production of “A River Somewhere: Episode 3 – D’Urville New Zealand” – a production of Working Dog Pty Ltd Australia.
In 2002 Boris featured in the Australian Great Outdoors Channel 7 series with Andrew Daddo. A journey through New Zealand’s northern South Island where Boris was Andrew’s fishing guide in the Nelson Lakes region.
ROB SOUTHEY (Australia)
Boris, we very much appreciated your expertise. Harry and I agreed that you were enormously energetic and hard-working; enthusiastic; knowledgeable; and above all you demonstrated an uncanny, almost miraculous ability to spot fish for us and help us catch them.
BERNIE DORMER (USA)
Boris, I haven’t had much of a chance to communicate because it had been so busy but I want you to know what a wonderful time I had while fishing with you and the Taylors. It is an experience that I want to repeat someday, hopefully next year.
FRANK RAINERI (Australia)
Boris – Just writing to say a quick and big thanks for the fishing in October. What a superb three days it was – the best fishing I have EVER seen. I said to you at the time I would never forget the fish that nailed the foam caddis and rocketed down the gorge. Thanks for your time, your patience and showing me those glorious rivers. Your tactics and fish sighting are incredible and I appreciated your sharing of ideas and advice.
I’m always happy to take on board your thoughts, even on casting as its easy to lose timing and concentration with the NZ breezes and those big nasty stoneflies, ugly nymphs and tungsten bricks….and at the end of the day we landed a decent tally of QUALITY fish.
JIM HURKES (USA)
Boris – just wanted to drop you a line and say thanks again for an unbelievable fishing experience a few weeks ago. It was certainly worth the trip over from the US. A totally different type of fishing. Awesome.
TOM STEVENSON (USA)
Just to thank you for a great few days hiking, fishing, swimming, having fun – thanks for a great few days. Look forward to doing it again.
Admiration of a little known Maori guide Kehu was the inspiration behind naming Kehu Guiding
Kehu was of the Ngatitumatakokiri tribe – at one time the most powerful tribe in the northern South Island.However when Te Rauparaha armed with guns and his quest for supremecy, attacked the South Island, settlements were massacred and the Ngatitumatakokiri people were virtually wiped out.
Kehu was one of few survivors. He was later able to share with early European explorers his knowledge of local forest lore and a traditional route through Manga Towai (Tophouse) to Lakes Rotoroa and Rotoiti and on to the West Coast.
In 1844 Charles Heaphy a young artist/surveyor was sent to New Zealand to explore the southwest.In 1846 Heaphy,William Fox,Thomas Brunner and Kehu left on what is perhaps the central and classic trip of those early westward expeditions.Beyond Rotoiti, the party turned up the Howard River, following a route known to Kehu to Lake Rotoroa.
Here Heaphy marveled over Kehu’s incredible bush skills:
“He appears to have an instinctive sense, beyond our comprehension, which enables him to find his way through the forest when neither sun nor distant object is visible, amidst gullies, brakes, and ravines in confused disorder, still onward he goes . . . a good shot, one who takes care never to miss a bird, a capital manager of a canoe, a sure snarer of wild-fowl, and a superb fellow at a ford, is that same E Kehu; and he is worth his weight in tobacco.”