October 1st – April 30th is the main fishing season. However, there are a few options all year round.
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
“The opaque oblongs in the pool are trout. That is when you learn, if you have any sense at all, that fishing in New Zealand demands adaptation. You realize that you have never seen clear water. Never seen trout this big or this wild” - Klinkenberg, 1988
Best time to Fish?
Any month has its benefit. Due to the changeable weather patterns and water conditions, partly due to New Zealand’s location, every season is different. As an experienced guide, Martin can give you the best possible fishing available. There are plenty of weather- proof options during drought, floods or high winds.
Areas we Fish
Heralded the world over, New Zealand's scenery is majestic, diverse, dramatic and beautiful, hence areas we fish are used in world acclaimed movies such as the “Lord of the Rings”. We are lucky to have these special places available whilst we fish.
River fishing is our focus
River fishing is Troutlands main focus, this includes wilderness backcountry rivers, spring creeks, small streams, forest creeks, meadow creeks, limestone rivers, remote headwaters, and lowland streams. Additionally scenic high country lakes, tarns and coastal lagoons can produce exceptional angling.
We take great pride in choosing from a vast range of South Island waters to best suit conditions and your preferences and abilities. Client customisation is the key.
If you were to single out Martin’s main passion as a guide, it’s the pursuit of New Zealand’s largest Brown Trout! The adventure involved in hooking and landing a “Once in a lifetime fish” in magnificent wilderness head waters and sharing the excitement with a client is fantastic! … but this is far too limiting really as every experience is fantastic.
Specializing in sight fishing to Brown and Rainbow Trout and using a mix of dry flies and nymphs forms the most part of our fishing adventures. Martin uses his own specialist original patterns and tested approaches that he has pioneered. These are skills you can carry forward and apply to any place in the world so aside from the adventure, you should acquire some new angling skills.
Over recent years very productive Streamer fishing methods have produced some very satisfying experiences . This has had some remarkable results, especially for Sea run Browns. Sight fishing Streamers can be amazing.
Latest from our Fly Fishing Blog
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…Read More
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…Read More
“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”,…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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.…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More