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Aspiring Fly Fishing

Paul Macandrew is a Wanaka based fly fishing guide, who offers guided sight fishing for wild brown and rainbow trout in some of the most pristine rivers, streams and still waters found in New Zealand. Paul will customise your fly fishing adventure to suit your experience, from a keen beginner needing attentive tuition, to the advanced angler exploring the back country wilderness.

Name Paul Macandrew

Ph +64 3 443 5053
Cell +64 21 500 669


Web: www.aspiringflyfishing.co.nz

Please mention nzfishing.com when you make an enquiry or booking.

Fishing waters Some of the waters fished by Paul include:

Clutha River
Makarora River

Lake Wanaka

Lake Hawea

Hawea River

Dingle Burn

Makaroroa river

Matukituki river

Hunter river

As well as these waters there are many other that Paul can get you to tha only people who have lived and fished for many years in the area know about.

About your guide

Paul will strive to ensure your day on the river is the best possible day taking into account the weather and fishing conditions at the time. With a vast knowlege of local waters, weather patterns and local entomology Paul offers wonderful sight fishing for wild brown and rainbow trout.

Paul is also

  • A current member of the New Zealand Professional Fishing Guides Association (NZPFGA)
  • Fully covered with commercial liability insurance and has an audited safety operations plan through the NZPFGA
  • Authorised by the Department of Conservation concessions authorization to guide on DOC land
  • Fully certified with a current outdoors and workplace first aid certificates as required by OSH
  • Commercial certified as a driver with full passenger endorsements.

Fishing options

Fishing options include full day, half day and multi-day fly fishing adventures as well as heli-fishing:


Full day fly fishing trips

  • Pick up and drop off from your accommodation in an air-conditioned 4WD
  • Delicious snacks, lunch & refreshments provided
  • Quality equipment, and flies & tippet for local conditions
  • Day typically is 8am - 6pm

Half day fly fishing trips

  • Pick up and drop off from your accommodation in an air-conditioned 4WD
  • Delicious snacks, lunch & refreshments provided
  • Quality equipment, and flies & tippet for local conditions
  • Day typically is 8am - 1pm

Multi day / overnight guided fishing trips

  • Private back country hut accommodation
  • Camp out beside the river in tents or 4wd camper trailer ( I can supply sleeping bags and pillows if required)
  • Full equipment provided including flies, tippet and additional clothing (but excluding sturdy footwear)

Multi-day adventures

  • Wanaka boasts fantastic backcountry fly fishing opportunities in wild remote areas, and this is what Paul loves doing! 4WD, helicopter, or hiking access, these are fly fishing experiences for the Angler who has an addiction as large as ours!
  • Whether its luxury lodge accommodation or basic backcountry huts, Paul can customise the trip to suit you. A qualified chef, Paul will cook you unique NZ backcountry dinners, while you enjoy a local beer or wine and discuss the day’s fishing


  • Access remote back country rivers and streams with ease
  • See the majestic ssouthern alps and ancient New Zealand forests from above
  • Picnic lunch and refreshments provided
  • Quality equipment - rods, reels, waders, tippet and flies
  • Price inclusive of Dept of conservation landing fees
  • Helicopter hire cost is dependent on flying time to chosen locations


  • Paul can introduce you to the art of fly fishing with attentive tuition for the beginner through to the experienced angler. Quality equipment supplied or bring along your own

"Hi Paul. Thanks so much for a great days fly fishing, Dad and I really enjoyed it, it was a thrill to have caught that big brown on the cicada something I will remember for a long time! Many thanks" - Angus McGuire

"New Zealand is already starting to seem like a dream. Thanks for all your hard work and extra effort that helped make it a truly wonderful experience in every way. The 3 days we fished with you were amazing,even the rainy wet ones!we learnt a heap about fishing to the wily NZ browns and look forward to returning again sometime soon to NZ and fishing with you again." - Ben Blackwell

"Thanks so much for the epic days fishing,it was amazing watching those big browns smash our dry flies! I will practice not striking so hard on the take for the next time! I look forward to fishing with you again sometime soon, thanks again" - Rick Podermos

Indicative costs
as at October 2016

Full day fly fishing trips

  • NZ$750 for 1 angler / NZ$790 for 2 anglers

Half day fly fishing trips

  • $525 for up to 2 anglers

Multi-day adventures



Clear water, beautiful scenery, few anglers and very large trout.




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