Matt Butler, founder of Traveltruly, is a passionate, energetic Fly Fishing guide based out of Wanaka, New Zealand. A born and bred Kiwi, Matt moved to Wanaka to immerse himself in the incredible Fly Fishing and diversity that the South Island has to offer and spends most of his time exploring the numerous waters and attractions that the amazing landscape provides. Matt is also a member of the New Zealand Professional Fishing Guides Association and is therefore equipped with all the neccesary permits and safety requirements to guide on all waters throughout the country.
Starting to fly fish at age 12, with no fishermen in the family, Matt was mostly self taught after being introduced to the sport when living in the South Island. He then spent most of his schooling years learning and exploring the waters around the central North Island. Matt uses multiple methods when on the water but generally focuses his efforts on upstream dry fly/nymph fishing to sighted fish and adapts his methods where necessary.
“I have a strong passion for all things fly fishing but I am most in my element when hunting trout in clear waters that require careful stalking and spotting. I pride myself in my fish spotting abilities and making the decisions required to successfully hookup”
Matt enjoys being out on the water everyday and helping clients get the most out of their whole trip. Overnight excursions are his favourite, whether this be camping or spending time in a backcountry hut, the opportunity to immerse yourself in a few days in the wilderness is unbeatable.
“I love sharing my experience and passion for Fly Fishing with others, being on the water guiding allows me to do this more often and make a true difference to someones trip in New Zealand”
Whether you are a beginner or experienced angler Matt will ensure that your day and trip is unforgettable. With his extensive knowledge of New Zealand Matt can tailor your whole adventure to ensure you get the most immersive and authentic kiwi experience, both on and off the water.
Follow Matt’s fishing adventures through the following pages;
“My sister and I had a 3 day trip with Matt and he took us to different rivers each day. The fly fishing in NZ is different from back home in Colorado. From the beginning, Matt did an stellar job teaching us about the NZ rivers and fish. He worked his butt off! From spotting the fish to setting us up in the right position Matt had it down like clock work. Each day was more challenging then the last, but we never wanted the days to end. We had success the first and second day catching beauties. The last day was when the magic started. We both caught monsters and had battles we will not soon forget! We have Matt Butler of Travel Truly to thank for the epic 3 days. We haven’t been guided by someone of that caliber before, he is exceptional. His attention to detail is impeccable” Amanda – USA
“Normally I don’t write reviews, but the wonderful 3 days I had with Matt deserve one. As a senior citizen I have fly fished many locations over many years but still am not an expert.The waters we fished were crystal clear and demanded precise presentation, so we spent the first day working on precisely that. I elected to walk and wade. Each day we covered many miles in a different river. Day 2 was more productive as I landed 4-5 browns. Day 3 was really incredible. On the first fish siting we bagged a monster brown. Luck was on and we landed 4 more of equal size before the day was out!!
Surely Matt’s pointers paid off. He really knows his stuff, has a lot of energy, and is a lot of fun to fish with. You won’t go wrong contacting him if you are looking for a great fly fishing guide” Glen – USA
“Matt is extremely knowledgeable of the rivers in New Zealand and brought me to a spot that was off the beaten path where most anglers would never find. The spot had excellent fishing and terrific scenery. Matt was extremely hard working, knowledgeable, and just fun to hang with for the day. He is also a great teacher and taught me some great tricks that I can use the rest of my fly fishing career. His extensive knowlesge was also helpful in helping me plan future rivers to fish during my time on the South Island. I have fly fished all of the western United States, Alaska, Maine, and Michigan, and Matt is one of the best fly fishermen I have come across. He is definitely one of the top guides in the South Island and knows the best rivers to fish based on weather and seasons. Overall, besides being a great fishing guide, Matt was a great guy to hang with for the day. I would recommend him to anyone that is looking to experience an epic New Zealand fly fishing experience.” Tyler – USA
“I highly recommend Matt for a great fly fishing experience in New Zealand! Unbelievable eyes to spot the trout and a great ability to put even a poor fisherman like myself on the fish! He has a wonderful knowledge of the history and nature of New Zealand so you can more fully understand the landscape and people around you. If I get a chance to make it back to New Zealand, I’m definitely going to look him up!” Nathan – USA
“Matt knows a lot of the country besides just fishing! So he shows the country in a excellent way from a lot of angles. He’s a great fish spotter, I wouldn’t had a chance without you.. And I had a absolutely blast on the rivers!” Martin – Norway