Matt von Sturmer – Salt Fly Fish
Matt is a saltwater fly fishing guide based at idyllic Waiheke Is. Matt prides himself on getting the most value for the client with the least amount of impact on the marine environment.
Since I was young I have fished, always exploring new places and techniques. After 30 years of conventional tackle, I now fish exclusively with fly rods. I am a qualified skipper and run Saltflyfish charters from Waiheke Island.
At first glance, it may appear that people who catch fish are unlikely champions of fish conservation. However, it is also true that if you care deeply about something you are likely to protect it. Picking up my rod connects me to the same primal meditation our ancestors of old experienced.
Like an ancient hunter, to be successful I have learned to listen, look and carry great respect for what I am doing. To kill a fish is a decision to take a life and it should be done carefully and with consideration. In a world where we are so removed from what we eat, hunting and gathering connect us with what it is to be human.
My family may still eat tomorrow if I am not successful but the pursuit is the same as it always has been. When we cannot take fish from the ocean we have failed in our responsibility to respect the gift of sustenance and the environment that lets fish be abundant
Matt von Sturmer.