Fly fishing the South Island of New Zealand with Martin Langlands

About Troutlands

My name is Martin Langlands and I began fly fishing guiding in the late 1980’s when it was relatively new to New Zealand.

As a younger keen man I was fortunate to train at a luxury fly fishing lodge where I gained valuable skills from a highly professional organization. This aided my path to becoming a full time professional fly fishing guide from 1991 and I haven’t looked back.

My business also incorporates commercial fly tying, fly fishing craft and trout DVD production, this ensures  I am 100% focused on all aspects relating to fly fishing for trout.

I capture my love for fly fishing, nature and the South Island in my fly fishing filming and photography having recently released several unique informative DVD’s on New Zealand fly fishing.



October 1st – April 30th is the main fishing season.  However there are a few options all year round.


Mainly Rainbow Trout and Brown Trout, but also Brook Char, Searun Brown Trout,  Chinook Salmon. We specialise in sight fishing.


Canterbury,  North Canterbury, Central South Island, North Otago, West Coast, Day trips out of Christchurch

New Zealand’s South Island is blessed with the most fabulous, wild, picturesque places to fish in and I feel privileged to have shared these with anglers from all over the world, including:


What I Offer

  • Experience (over 2800 guide days) with all levels and ages of anglers from beginners to experts.
  • A friendly, informative, energetic and innovative approach with experience and knowledge to be adaptive to the conditions with our incredibly changeable climate.
  • In depth knowledge on fly fishing, fresh water ecology, New Zealand history, culture and natural history.
  • NZPFGA member
  • Current First Aid Certificate
  • Passengers Services drivers License
  • Professional fly tier and designer
David Anderson testing his home crafted Bamboo Rod
David Anderson testing his home crafted Bamboo Rod

"Fly fishing is both a science and an art form. Martin Langland’s is highly proficient in each of these disciplines. He has superb river knowledge and his careful studentship of insect life forms a powerful foundation for his artistic and deadly fly tying skills. When you fish with Martin, it is obvious right from the start that you are in the company of a master fisherman. His wide knowledge and interest base makes him a great companion as well as teacher. He has high expectations of you as a fisherman and this helps you to rise to the occasion. I have had the pleasure of his company for the last three seasons and look forward to many more. He has the uncanny ability to put you in touch with large numbers of quality trout. He has been able to show me a real variety of water and fishing styles. I personally appreciate his interest in the angler as a person as well as his no nonsense style. His awareness of his traditions and roots as a fisherman, where he was inspired by his dad, provide a powerful background of knowledge and passion that have carried through to his current skill level and attitude today. If you want to catch fish, but more importantly learn the intricacies of becoming a fisherman, do yourself a favour and book Martin today."  

David Anderson Victoria Australia 2010



My Fly Fishing Background

A strong passion for wild places and the multi-facets of fly fishing has flowed throughout my life. My family emigrated from Scotland in 1966 and my father with his keenness on trout fishing explored plenty of fishing opportunities for his young family.  I well remember him catch his first NZ trout using a Split Cane rod with silk line with swinging wet flies in 1967. Thanks to my parents Ian and Elizabeth Langlands for providing me with many fishing and nature experiences, much fly fishing knowledge and for supporting my passion.

I also was very privileged to learn more about the art of Fly Casting from well-known author George Ferris (The Trout and I), and I learnt how to tie trout flies from Masters such as Al Creedon and R K Bragg.

I am forever thankful for all these people who’ve passed their knowledge on and introduced me to the pure enjoyment of the outdoors. In turn my biggest joy is sharing this experience with many anglers of all abilities and ages from around the world.

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