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Matt Butler Phone: +64 021 2469616
Wanaka, New Zealand
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!!!!
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!
I had the pleasure of meeting and fishing with Matt this March, 2019. He was a pleasure to be with for the day. The trout I usually catch... read more range from a pound to maybe two so I was looking forward to catching the larger browns I had read about in NZ. Matt communicated with me several times prior to the trip, provided me with all the gear for the day as well as a good lunch. He picked me up in Wanaka on time, and we drove a distance to a wonderful spot. We talked about everything along the way. His experiences fishing, my family, etc.. He makes you feel at home. Upon arriving to our fishing location be prepared to walk a ways. It is worth it. We were alone the entire day. Matt schooled me on how they fish "up stream" in NZ. He sight fished and located some very nice fish. I was able to catch the trout of my dreams with Matt. What I was most thankful for was his direction on how to handle the fish after hook up. He is a knowledgable fellow with extreme patience. Listen carefully whether you are a beginner or a seasoned fisherman you will learn from him. I did. For example, I learned how to nymph fish NZ style from Matt. It takes some doing but Matt will talk you through it, or even show you how on the water. Since I've been home and using what I learned, my catch rate has increased. I thank him for a wonderful experience. I already have sent his name on to my friends here at home. Hopefully they too can hook up with him and have a similar experience when they visit this wonderful country.
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.
Matt is a fantastic guide. Knows the rivers and can put you on fish. He is very patient has professional gear and provided excellent instruction to help us... read more land rainbow and brown trout. We enjoyed a full day of beautiful scenery and action at every pool and site fishing to brown trout. Highly recommend you spend a day or two with Matt.
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!
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.
For our first visit to Wanaka this week, my friend Karl and I had to fortune to be guided by Matt Butler. What a superb 3 days - we experienced... read more completely contrasting rivers in Central Otago just after the floods. The best the region had to offer when the going in some places was not easy.
Matt is an all round top notch guide - planning, organisation, spotting the impossible to see fish, stream craft and landing solid fish. I would recommend Matt to anglers of all levels.
Having been fortunate enough to fish throughout NZ over the years, Matt imparted new and improved techniques. A very patient and knowledgeable guide, and simply a great Kiwi.
If you’re planning a trip into the back country then Matt is definitely your guide. Thanks for showing me the beautiful gem of a river today.
Look forward fishing with you again!