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Guided NZ fly fishing in the South Island of New Zealand with professional NZ fly fishing guide, Martin Langlands

Welcome. Troutlands is a supreme fly fishing experience located in Canterbury in the South Island of New Zealand, and is run by Martin Langlands, a very experienced Canterbury New Zealand fly fishing guide and fly fishing tutor who has accumulated over 3,400 fly fishing guide days to date.

Guided Fly Fishing Trip Options

New Zealand Fly Fishing Packages

Troutlands offers numerous wonderful trout fly experiences in a wide variety of areas and waters. All trips include the following; transport, lunch, gear can be supplied, trout flies, leaders, tippets, we will make sure you are fully covered!  Multi-Day Packages are our most popular option. These trips vary from 2-12 days in length with 5-6 days being the most common. On collection from Christchurch, (or meeting at another location) we drive to an appropriate fishing base chosen strategically to suit the weather, water conditions and your preferences. 

About Martin Langlands

New Zealand Fly Fishing Guide

Martin Langlands has been a full-time New Zealand fly fishing guide since 1991 and is a member of the New Zealand Professional Fishing Guide Association (NZPFGA). Martin has an intimate knowledge of a wide spectrum of the South Island’s finest rivers. A man of many talents, Martin also has produced some unique, informative New Zealand fly fishing DVD’s and also is well known for his exquisite trout fly designs.

Fly Fishing Tuition

Learn to fly fish or improve your fly fishing skills with practical fly fishing and fly casting lessons. During the lesson, we will deal a lot with reading the river, stream craft, the approach and all manner of aspects of fly fishing. Whilst the focus is not upon catching fish we frequently do catch fish on these missions. Learn More


Fly Tying Lessons

I'm now offering FLY TYING LESSONS for all levels Complete Beginner - Intermediate - Expert (we are all looking to expand horizons). Fly tying is deeply rewarding in terms of both catching fish, saving money and being creative but be warned it can become addictive!  Learn More

NZ Fly Fishing Locations

The Scenic South Island

Based out of Christchurch, the scenic South Island of New Zealand has stunning scenery with diverse river available. This is an area that offers plenty of options for all weather conditions and clients needs.

Canterbury, North Canterbury, Central South Island, North Otago, and the West Coast are the main areas guided.

New Zealand Fly Fishing Blog - Latest Fishing Updates

Last Season

Jun 17, 2024

Apologies for the long delay since the last blog. The 2023-2024 season was the busiest season ever in my full-time career, which has spanned since 1991. I can now say I have amassed over 3,400 professional guide days, but I am still learning more each day and each season. Such is the nature of fly…

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Warm greetings from the midst of a New Zealand winter after a massive guiding season

Jul 7, 2023

Kia ora, warm greetings in the midst of winter. I’ve finally gotten around to writing this blog after one of the most massive seasons of my 31-year career, which was so welcomed after those Covid years and closed borders. Starting guiding in October 2022 felt so good—guiding most days right up until Christmas. Aside from…

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A fantastic start to the new fishing season

Nov 14, 2022

I am writing this newsletter on one of my few days off. Its been, and continues to be, a very busy and productive time guiding. During October, I guided 27 days and what a fantastic start to the new season – welcoming back international anglers and many repeat Kiwi clients. It has been a diverse…

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Welcome Back to International Anglers

Aug 3, 2022

Kai ora from the South Island of New Zealand We have experienced a very cold winter that has given superb flows for all waterways, great snow for the ski season, and, of course, that snow replenishes the vast aquifer networks that run throughout Canterbury, all good news for the future health of the rivers and…

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Kia ora from a deep and golden autumn April

May 16, 2022

April turned into another busy period with a perfect blend of work comprised of fly tying, fly fishing tuition, and of course, guiding coming back strongly into focus, with my first international client for 2 years. During the late days of April, I guided Dave from the USA into some quality Brown Trout. These fish…

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A very long overdue update and a big thank you

Apr 8, 2022

Kai Ora, a warm welcome to this long overdue update. As with many, these past two years with Covid 19 have been remarkably challenging but am very pleased to inform you that I have remained full time in the fly fishing industry, unlike many who have gone on to other things and feel humbled to…

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Another Superb Fishing Season

May 12, 2021

As another superb season finished it’s time to let you know more about it in this blog. Firstly a huge thanks to the Kiwi supporters that turned a most difficult time into a wonderful time as you keep me busy and well engaged in aspects of guiding tuition fly casting lessons and many many 1000s…

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2020 Fly Fishing Season, Helping Kiwi Anglers have a Fly Fishing Adventure

Dec 7, 2020

Well here we are and it’s December already. It’s been a busy period with a blend of fly fishing tuition, fly fishing guiding and many hours commercial fly tying. The season has offered superb angling amidst very changeable weather patterns and the trout are in superb condition and numerous so there has been a lot…

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Fly fishing and fly casting lessons in Canterbury

Aug 4, 2020

Learn to fly fish, or improve your angling skills with a professional fly fishing guide. All lessons are based in Canterbury. The fly fishing lessons are very practical, taking pace on stream or on the lake. We deal a lot with reading the river, stream craft, the approach and all manner of aspects of fly…

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Trout fly showcase from Martin Langlands

Aug 4, 2020

Showcasing Martin’s highly original, innovative and performance-based Trout Flies all crafted and designed by Martin Langlands in New Zealand. Martin has been fully involved in this since 1985 and continues to grow and develop. Flies can be purchased directly from Martin. Flies can be customised to your requirements as well. You can see Martin’s flies…

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Guided Fly Fishing Testimonials

New Zealand Trout - Guided New Zealand fly fishing trips

“When Bob Pelzl and I filmed South Island Sampler in 1986, we had the help of a young man named Martin Langlands. Martin is now very much a well-known guide on the South Island, with a good reputation for finding big fish.  Great fishing with a very solid guide and great person.” Gary Borger 2014 

Martin with fly fishing client and large trout.

My 16-year-old son and I fished with Martin for 2 days and had a fantastic time. I highly recommend him as a guide. It was my sincere hope for my son, who has very little fly fishing experience, to successfully connect with some large fish and if I managed to do so as well, so much the better. We easily exceeded those goals under Martin's guidance. I won't soon forget the smiles on my son's face when he landed his trout. Martin's knowledge of the area was excellent and his streamside manner was engaging and educational. Martin selected local fishing options that demanded precision and where we were the only fishermen on the river. He provided clear tips to help us succeed and while our skills weren't always up to the challenge, he was patient with us and we certainly improved our angling over those two days. Both of us managed to hook and land several large brown trout each day, and while we missed on other opportunities, we learned with each and every one. Martin firmly pushed us to improve our angling while providing us with plenty of opportunities to catch large fish. I will certainly engage him again should we return to New Zealand and it is my intent to do so. Mark and Ethan USA

Trout fisherman holding a trout caught from a Canterbury New Zealand river.


"Dear Martin , how can we say ‘Thank You’ for the outstanding time in NZ?

Why is this  scenery not on the list of the wonders of the world? At least it has been celebrated in Lord of the Rings and in that way immortalized. We take so many things for granted that we sometimes forget to document it for prosperity .

I know that you are aware that the week away for us was so relaxing and stress free. You made the experience so special and are the champion of fish spotting! Robyn /Allen Jarvis NSW Australia    

Example of trout caught in New Zealand river

New Zealand is a trout fishing Island that can make any fly-fisherman crave. However, as a newcomer I was aware of the difficulties and differences that New Zealand had in comparison to Australia. By hiring an experienced and excellent guide I knew that my enjoyment and catch rate would be achievable. Martin is an excellent guide who knows and understands his trade.

Martin has helped to fine tune my skills to adapt to New Zealand conditions. His patient approach lead to very enjoyable trips that will never be forgotten. As fly-fisherman we all know that each water has it's special demands. With Martins intimate knowledge of food source, favorite trout lies and strategies my New Zealand adventure has just begun. The experience will definitely bring me back begging for more

Thank-you Martin for the pleasure of your companionship as a guide and a teacher.  David Simon  Vic Australia

Fly fisherwoman holding a trout caught in Canterbury NZ river

“Martin, Chris and I can not express our gratitude for your friendship and excellent professional guide service. We had an EXCELLENT time in Oxford and getting to know you. Our experience there is the highlight of our New Zealand experience. (Am I gushing enough?). Seriously, it was all and more than we hoped for and watching you hook up with Moby Trout was really exciting. Next time let me net him! We truly hope you can come to Colorado and fish with us. You and your wife are welcome in our home as friends, not as a guide. We look forward to getting the pictures and seeing you again on our next trip.”

Martin's Fly Fishing Videos

South Island New Zealand Fly Fishing Photos

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