Canterbury Fly Fishing NZ

martin-langlands-fly-fishing-guide-nzWhen we fly fish Canterbury and in our South Island Angling adventures it’s important to note we have a vast diversity of river types to choose from each with its own character opening up numerous possibilities to anglers horizons. During multi day trips anglers often are amazed at the sheer range available within a small radius {1.5 hour drive} and “variety is the spice of life” right? Choosing the very best location to suit the day becomes a multidimensional skill with decisions made using accumulated knowledge from many many years in this career.

Factors taken into consideration firstly start with client brief. Expectations are balanced with the clients angling ability and physicality. Further factors are the weather, river conditions and aspects such as visibility coming into play. There are some rivers with small trout populations that just won’t be productive if we can’t see in the water. Another often over looked factor is other angler and guide pressure, many of our rivers are very pressure sensitive so this is always a consideration.

So lets explore this range of water types that have been a huge part of my life and Troutlands operation. I feel deeply privileged having gathered a comprehensive and ever expanding knowledge relating to these.


Fly fishing trip report from Italian fisherman Riccardo Maleci

Riccardo with his first New Zealand Trout on a sunny dry fly day

“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

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

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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A look at the 2017-18 Season

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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Heading towards the coast to fish

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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Differing Views

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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Heli Backcountry Fishing

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

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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New Zealand Back-country Fly Fishing

My clients and I, are so looking forward to getting back into the South Island back country rivers in the upcoming season and we find these places are so exciting to fish. What makes these trips so enticing are the aggregate of many parts all woven together that form the very best and most memorable…

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