Testimonials — See what our guests are saying about their time with Aspiring Fly Fishing.
Spent a day with Paul on the Mataura river in the Southland region of New Zealand fly fishing 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 a number of beautiful browns, including one that I'll not forget any time soon. Best of all, didn't throw a nymph all day - all dries.
To me, a really good guide gives you the confidence and encouragement to push your skill and go for a fish you thought too protected by brush or across too many odd currents. When you actually hook one of those fish, it's highly satisfying. Paul got me into a number of these situations, and man, it really made the day stand out.
Paul has all the qualities of a great fly-fishing guide. Enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and easily one of the most personable individuals I ran into during my month in New Zealand (and everyone is friendly). But one of the things that really sets him apart is his adaptability. Rivers and lakes change, often day-to-day, with the fishing conditions shifting as well. With how well Paul knows the area, he caters each day's destination towards the conditions. He's constantly got an eye on the weather, so that you don't get stuck casting into the wind all day (of course, in NZ, some days are going to be rough and unpredictable everywhere). A lot of guides would grind their teeth and shake their heads if you told them they had to take people out on a different river every day. Not with Paul. He knows how to find fish, no matter the water. That's a natural fly-fisherman for you. And that's exactly the kind of guide you want.
Franz B USA