Published Dec 6. 2015 - 8 years ago
Updated or edited Mar 11. 2023

Derek Grzelewski

Some 30 years ago I came to New Zealand and fell in love with the place, its landscapes, rivers and its trout.

Derek and Maya
Derek and Maya
Derek Grzelewski

Some 30 years ago I came to New Zealand and fell in love with the place, its landscapes, rivers and its trout. For much of the time since then I’ve had the good fortune to work with some of the world’s leading magazines - travelling, exploring, writing about my experiences. This has allowed me to visit many unusual places and meet extraordinary people and, in my best moments, even see the magic and grace in the ordinary.

You will find stories from these adventures in my books: TROUT DIARIES, TROUT BOHEMIA, GOING TO EXTREMES, THE SMALLEST CONTINENT, and the upcoming Wild Encounters and the final book in the fly fishing trilogy THE COUNTRY OF TROUT.

Following the heartwarming worldwide reception of my trout books (thank you all!) and requests from readers, I am also back to guiding fly fishing anglers around New Zealand's fabulous trout waters. I am a member of New Zealand Professional Guides Association, an IFFF certified casting instructor, and I guide and host a range of fly fishing safaris around New Zealand.

These usually start out of Wanaka, Queenstown, Reefton, Christchurch, Nelson and Turangi. Some of my favourite trout waters are in Fiordland, Southland, Southern Lakes, Mackenzie Country, West Coast and Kahurangi. Twice a year (summer and winter) I also fish and run guided trips out of Turangi - on the tributaries of Lake Taupo, the Tongarioro, Whakapapa and my all-time favourite Lake Otamangakau. I am also the founder of Wanaka Flyfishing Academy, which is now run by my friends, but where I still make regular appearances, sharing my passion for rivers, trout and fly fishing. Last year I spent almost 150 days on the water; it did not seem too much.

I am a brand ambassador for LOOP tackle in New Zealand and a member of the LOOP Global pro-team, as well as being a part of pro-teams for SIMMS, Smith Optics and BOTE sups. A sponsored trout athlete? Yep, and loving it!

Join me in the pursuit of the world’s best fly fishing for trout that is to be found in New Zealand. Experience the magic of THE TROUT DIARIES and THE TROUT BOHEMIA, meet the trout bohemian tribe and chase hatches and the big fish with us.The level of your skills is less important than the flame of your passion. You will find excerpts from my books at and details of my guided trips at

From our review of The Trout Diaries:

“...the sense of nice people and great fishing oozes from every chapter of this book.”


Trout Bohemia Guided Fly Fishing
PO Box 75 Wanaka 9343
email: derekgrzelewski(at)
Phone: +6421 383179

Find Derek's blog here
Derek's books can be bought on his web site

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