Latitude Guiding consists of head guide Mike Kirkpatrick – Executive Member of the NZPFGA (NZ’s professional Guides Association).
About me; I was born in Christchurch (1964) and moved from there to Nelson about 28 years ago to continue my love affair with the ‘top of the South’ on a permanent basis. As an 18 year old, I used to hop on my first motorbike and head in to the Lewis Pass region (2.5 hours drive) most Friday evenings in summer, camping for the weekend to hunt and fish – sometimes with mates but often by myself. These trips ingrained in me a deep love for the South Islands ruggedly beautiful back country, which time has only served to enhance.
The move north to Nelson in 1990 to set up a small Signwriting business, gave me the opportunity to pick my days off to fish the regions wonderful waterways. It was in this period of my life where i gained some clarity on what i wanted to do with my working life – take people fishing! I quickly developed an even more intimate knowledge of the Nelson, Murchison and West Coast waterways and finally made the transition to Guiding in 1999.
I’ve been fortunate enough to appear in various local and overseas magazine articles, and am currently a writer and photographer for New Zealand’s premiere fly fishing magazine ‘FISH AND GAME’ https://www.fishandgamenz.co.
I guided and helped with filming for Denmark’s Niels Vestergaard and Morten Oeland while they were filming for the DVD series ‘THE FISH AND THE FLY’. More recently i have appeared in Gin Clear Medias ‘NORTH ISLAND and SOUTH ISLAND BACKCOUNTRY’ DVD series and also the TV series ‘PURE FLY’. I’m also the producer of the very well received ‘NEW ZEALAND FLY FISHING ADVENTURES’ DVD series, featuring fly fishing waters around the top of the South region. I also have a YOU TUBE channel ‘mikefsher’ that is very active and has just on 12,000 subscribers and nearly 3 million views, showcasing the best of what i do: https://www.youtube.com/
5,000 Facebook friends and 6,500 followers show my very active social media presence: below.
Although the local day trips are the ‘bread and butter’ of my season, I tend to specialize in the ‘postcard’ type fly fishing. In other words, the sort of trips that will haunt your dreams. The hike in, boat, 4×4 and helicopter type trips with a mind to getting into the sort of country that will make your heart ache when later reminiscing. The places that actually take your breath away. The campfires at night, the fireside chats, the waking to birdsong and the sound of the river with it’s softly spoken invitation to explore it’s hidden treasures.