Had the pleasure of being guided by Matt this April,2019. His skill and knowledge is top notch, but what I really appreciated was his genuine desire to make our fishing... read more experience the best it could be. He worked with my son and I, teaching us the skills needed to catch those elusive New Zealand browns. His instructions are invaluable and I am a much better fisher because of Matt's guidance. We netted a few and lost many more. Matt, sorry about not keeping the angle correct on that last one. Would have liked to get that first fly that broke off back to you. The views on the second day were breathtaking. Worth the price without wetting a line. It was a pleasure to spend those two days with you. Your passion for life is contagious and has certainly rubbed off on my son and me. Go catch that record Roosterfish. Enjoy Japan. Go All Blacks!!!!
Matt was very professional and knowledgeable about everything fly fishing in New Zeland. My friend and I (Intermediate and beginner anglers) had an incredible day with Matt! He was very... read more easy to talk to and helped guide us through every step without being too hands on. With his patience and helping hand we ended up catching three fish!! I would 100% recommend him to anyone who is looking to spend a day on the riverbank, learning from one of the best guides out there!
At the time of my 5 day trip with Matt most of the rivers near Wanaka and the surrounding area were blown out, however the trip was far from a... read more bust. Thanks to Matt's knowledge of the area we were able to find clear water everyday and caught all but one or two fish sighted. We also never blanked once! Matt is a phenomenal angler, teacher and guide who I would recommend to people of all skill levels. I cannot say enough good things about the experience, the trip and Matt. I learned more about trout fishing during my 5 days with Matt than I could have in 5 years fishing back home in Michigan. Would highly recommend booking your trip before it is too late! Also would DEFINITELY recommend getting in as much 12 o'clock casting practice as possible before your trip. I made the mistake of not doing so and it defiantly costed me the opportunity at landing even more fish than I did. Don't make the same mistake I did!
Just had a wonderfull day with Matt in his secret spot! I landed 3 fishes on 9 hooked, and get a lot of tips and feedback on my casting technic... read more that will help me for sure. Definitly recommand him!
Our first attempt at fly fishing was an unforgettable experience. We had no great expectations but Matt was very patient, provided excellent instruction and we managed to land 3 good... read more sized fish and had numerous hook ups. He was an excellent guide, and would highly recommend him, only wish we had a few more days.
I learned more from Matt in 1 day then I’ve learned in the 5 years that I’ve been fly fishing. Matt is professional in every sense of the word and... read more has the eyes of a hawk when it comes to spotting fish. You’d be a fool not to hire him. Worth every penny.
We hired Matt for 3 days of fly fishing in the South Island out of Wanaka. His knowledge of the area and rivers, and ability to put you on... read more big, trophy fish was unbelievable. He has 'eagle eyes' and can spot fish that even other trained fisherman would never be able to see. He's also a great student of the sport and very knowledgeable to tips, tricks and techniques to fish in all sorts of conditions. Not to mention, he's just a great guy and a pleasure to chat with over many hours on the water. I would highly recommend Matt if you have any interest in fly fishing in the South Island of New Zealand. We've fished all over the world, and no doubt, this was some of our best days on the water and a once in a lifetime experience. He's fantastic and we will certainly be ringing him up again for future trips!
This was our first trip to New Zealand and we were looking for a flyfishing guide, Matt was highly recommended we now know why. Matt's knowledge of the local area... read more was amazing and his ability to site fish was outstanding. He was patient with my novice partner and guided her with her casting techniques. Matt put us onto loads of fish and we got some absolute crackers! We thoroughly enjoyed our trip. Anyone looking for a flyfishing guide should contact Matt Butler at TravelTruly.