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“mataura river”(6 reviews)
“brown trout”(7 reviews)
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New Zealand is regarded as a trout fishing mecca. The Wanaka region has some of the most amazing landscapes, boasting gin clear rivers, streams and stillwaters with large wild brown and rainbow trout, a combination that provides a ‘once in a...more
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a great time fishing for a few days with Paul. He took us to some wonderful locations. Great backcountry scenery, no crowds, and we got into some big fish. Good guy, professional, patient, knowledgeable, and always prompt with communication before the trip. We...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Highly recommend Paul as a guide and good guy! He took me to the Mataura River about an hour's drive from Queenstown, and we spent the day sight casting for big browns with dry flies . Different techniques than I've experienced in the states and...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 13 January 2019

I spent a beautiful day on the water under Paul's guidance. Because of a recent storm, we drove a ways from Wanaka to a beautiful river that hadn't been flushed by the rain. Once on the water, Paul was a patient and encouraging instructor and...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Dwain C
Reviewed 29 May 2018

My wife and i went on a day trip with Paul and had an awesome time. We went toward the end of the season when there weren’t many fish, and we still landed a beautiful 4lb rainbow. Paul put us on several fish and gave...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Blake W
Paul M, Owner at Aspiring Fly Fishing, responded to this reviewResponded 31 May 2018

Hi Blake and Sam,thanks for the kind words. Was a pleasure to meet you both and spend the day on the water. All the best. Cheers Paul

Reviewed 11 May 2018

As a fairly novice fly fisherman, I wasn't sure what to expect. I spent a day with Paul and couldn't have been happier. He guided me to many areas rife with fish AND beautiful scenery! I caught many. I missed many due to my own...More

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank Walter S
Reviewed 14 March 2018

I made reservations by e-mail for my husband, Tom, to fly fish with Paul on 2 days in February 2018 during our vacation in New Zealand. Tom had gone fly fishing with Paul on a previous vacation and had had a fantastic time with him....More

Date of experience: February 2018
Reviewed 13 March 2018

Spent a day with Paul on the Mataura back in February. Had a fantastic time stalking the water, quietly strategizing with Paul on how to approach fish he'd spotted laid up in holes, riffles, and behind rocks and sunken logs. With his guidance, I landed...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Franz B
Paul M, Owner at Aspiring Fly Fishing, responded to this reviewResponded 11 May 2018

Thanks mate for the kind words ! I thoroughly enjoyed our day together and pleased you did too. Let me know if you ever get back out to NZ Franz. Cheers Paul

Reviewed 18 February 2018 via mobile

Had a great day fishing the Mataura River with Paul. Easily the best day fishing I have ever had. Fishing the runs with nymphs, I had a fish on within 15 mins. The absolute highlight was spotting a big Brown and catching him on a...More

Date of experience: February 2018
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Reviewed 21 January 2018 via mobile

I’ve had a great and challenging fishing day with Paul!! I was very impressed by the amount of trouts in the river that he tooked me!! Paul is a very pleasant person and an excellent buddy to talk and fish with. Also, he is an...More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank Caio4321
Paul M, Owner at Aspiring Fly Fishing, responded to this reviewResponded 9 February 2018

Great to meet you Caio and spend the day showing our beautiful river ! hope to see you back again in the future ! all the best. kind regards Paul

Reviewed 22 December 2017

I think Paul uttered "Trophy" in his description of the first rainbow we landed early in the day? (It was to me, anyway). Paul is a great guy to spend time with and find you fish. I can't recommend him highly enough. If you are...More

Date of experience: November 2017
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