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.

Autumn Fishing in New Zealand

Frosty start today and the yellowing willow leaves say Autumn is here !!! Autumn is simply the best time to fish in Canterbury New Zealand and a personal favourite for me. End result is some very VERY happy anglers today.  

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Freestone River Fly Fishing

Commonly these rivers flow out from rolling hills then out through plains over a long course and gathering tributaries. A popular example is the Mataura River in Southland and there are many such rivers in varying sizes through out the South Island. Such rivers are less physical in terms of terrain and can provide the…

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Canterbury Backcountry Rivers

Backcountry rivers and headwaters are the most common fisheries to be associated with New Zealand Fly Fishing adventures. This is where we spend the majority of our guide days, given favourable conditions.The synergy of gin clear water within wilderness scenery make for adventurous often more physical angling for larger than average trout. By their nature,…

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Canterbury Coastal Lagoons-Lakes and Estuaries Fly Fishing

Often described as ‘Nomads Of The Tide”, it’s near the coast you will find Sea Run Brown Trout or Seatrout as the Europeans call them. Here in New Zealand these fish can migrate large distances in salt water and often frequent river mouths, lakes and lagoons near sea level. Here they mainly prey upon baitfish…

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Fly Fishing in Canterbury High Country Lakes and Tarns

Nestled up high in “Lord Of The Rings” country these high country lakes fish best in summer months of November through to March. These offer a mix of both Rainbow, Brown Trout, landlocked Salmon {Sockeye and Quinnat} ,and importantly for species searcher, the fancy coloured Brook Char. Diverse fishing methods are employed such as exciting…

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