Guided fly fishing in the South Island of New Zealand rivers with
Canterbury fly fishing guide, Martin Langlands

Welcome. Troutlands is a supreme fly fishing experience located in Canterbury in New Zealand's South Island, and is run by Martin Langlands, a very experienced Canterbury New Zealand fly fishing guide who has accumulated over 2600 fly fishing guide days to date.

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 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. 

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

Photos from a Recent South Island Angling Trip

Feb 2, 2018

Here are a few images from a recent and fun 3-day trip I was on in the last week of January. Each year it’s great to make a point of sharing time with good friends and for me, it’s just nice to get behind the rod again and make some of the mistakes I often…

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Beetle Mania !

Dec 9, 2017

We have for the past 3 weeks had the most amazing days, blue skies and high temperatures have brought on lush hatches of terrestrial insects the main species being beetles. Three types we have been seeing lots of are Green Beetles that live on NZ’s fabled Manuka plant (well known the world over for its honey).…

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Differing Views

Dec 9, 2017

This is has been so diverse in so many ways, in particular, the range of anglers I have guided in last week weeks from Malaysia, Norway Sweden, Japan, Australia and let’s not forget my growing list of New Zealand clients. Throughout November and December, we have travelled widely and for the most part, had fantastic…

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Season of farewell

Nov 27, 2017

  I feel remarkably humbled that Yukari Watanabe wanted some of her ashes placed in one of her favourite Canterbury Streams, and so today Yama did that and am not afraid to say I had tears in my eyes. Yukari first started with me in about 2003 and came over from Japan most years until…

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Heli Backcountry Fishing

Nov 21, 2017

Heli backcountry fishing. It’s not easy but again it gets results. It’s all about the “A GAME ‘ bring it with you – aim for it – work towards it and remember to look at the biodiversity of trout food from a small sample. Posted by Troutlands on Thursday, 26 October 2017 Posted by Troutlands on Thursday,…

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The new 2017-18 season starts

Oct 20, 2017

Well the new season is well underway having guided 8 days already with a total of 42 trout up to 9 pounds all clients very happy and we are only half way through October, this, however, is only numerics and speaks little of the experiences that make our days so engaging, adventuresome, educational and inspirational…

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Higher Flows, Scouting and New Streamer Patterns

Sep 19, 2017

As early spring is here and the days warming up I have been out and about fishing, scouting, exploring and testing out a few new streams patterns in a few rivers that are open all year round. This past winter we have experienced higher rainfalls and snowfalls than previous years so it’s fantastic to see…

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New Zealand Mayflies

Sep 19, 2017

As I fished this week it was heartening to see a very lush mayfly hatch about midday it’s not widely known but here in South Island we often get some of the best mayfly hatches during the early and late season. We have 3-4 common types of mayfly the most majestic being the Coloburiscus humeralis,…

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Introduction of Brown Trout to New Zealand

Sep 19, 2017

It is hard to believe that this year is 150 years since Brown trout were first introduced to New Zealand and how well they have done. The first live trout ova arrived at Lyttelton on 23rd September 1867 and there the story that I have a lot of passion for begins in a hatchery based…

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Fantastic winter lake fishing in New Zealand’s High Country

Aug 14, 2017

Some fantastic winter lake fishing kept us in the swing of things during July and August, even just driving up to these high country lakes was an experience by its self the dynamic snow covered mountain ranges and vast valleys. Dressing warm was key and we found that Simms G3 and Freestone waders worked very…

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Fishing Testimonials

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.”

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's Fly Fishing Videos

South Island New Zealand Fly Fishing Photos