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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 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.
Had a fantastic day with Matt. Matt’s knowledge of fly fishing New Zealand and in general is phenomenal. He was great with our eleven year old daughter and even had... read more a lot to teach to an angler who has grown up on the rivers of Wyoming. Going fly fishing with Matt is a MUST for anyone serious about catching New Zealand trout. We’ll be back!
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.
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.
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!
We had a great day out with Matt in Central Otago on big browns with rainbows in between. He put us onto plenty of fish and we had a... read more great day
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.