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Guided NZ fly fishing in the South Island of New Zealand with
professional 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 who has accumulated over 2900 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

The new fishing season is off to a fabulous start

Oct 21, 2019

October has been super busy, with clients experiencing fantastic fishing in very changeable conditions. As mentioned in my last blog, it has become very apparent this is a mouse year. The trout are in superb condition and this will only get better and in many ways March and April will become top times to fish…

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A warm welcome from Spring in the South Island of New Zealand

Sep 25, 2019

A warm welcome from Spring in the South Island of New Zealand, and some exciting news about the upcoming season … Again its been a super busy winter tying flies for anglers both here in New Zealand and all over the world.  This is a growing business and I  spend at least 35 hours tying…

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Fly fishing trip report from Italian fisherman Riccardo Maleci

Jun 14, 2019

“I imagine my fishing mate, Richie, and me are the kind of clients who are usually quite difficult to deal with! Although we consider ourselves very experienced fishermen, this can be a great disadvantage when in an environment very different to Italy. On our NZ trip with Martin and Peter Langlands we took our “Orientation pack”,…

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2018 – 2019 Fly Fishing Season in Review

Apr 24, 2019

With the end of the main season only a few weeks away I thought it a great time to catch up , it’s been such a busy season and since October have had no time to let you know what been happening. The 2018-2019 has been a superb season in ever way with a wide…

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A most fabulous start to new season

Oct 30, 2018

We have had an amazing start to the new season with many happy clients on a wide range of water types be it backcountry rivers or meadow spring creeks and small streams every client has landed multiple fish and many very good size. October has featured warmer than average days bringing rivers to life with…

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Hello from New Zealand’s mid-winter – here’s some of my fly fishing news

Jul 18, 2018

Feeling very privileged to have 2 of my original NZ flies featured in this fabulous book congratulations the author Tony Lolli if you’re further interested please follow the link to purchase or find out more info … The ultimate book for fly fishing enthusiasts, featuring stunning photography of flies and the fishermen who use them.…

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A look at the 2017-18 Season

May 31, 2018

Another very busy and productive season is over, one that saw me start full-on guiding early October then all of the way to the end of April. It was a season that created so many great memories for us all! Firstly I would like to thank the very loyal repeat clients for coming back year after…

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South Island Spring Creeking

Apr 18, 2018

South Island Spring Creeking { we love them } no ordinary fish!

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Heading towards the coast to fish

Apr 17, 2018

When the conditions are really bad inland [ like TODAY!!! ] its always interesting to head towards the coast [ sunshine -no wind -no rain =:) ] its one of the many great aspects that sets this area apart from many other locations and to have options can be VITAL, so often super interesting things…

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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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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 

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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