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.
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Kai ora from the South Island of New Zealand We have experienced a very cold winter that has given superb flows for all waterways, great snow for the ski season, and, of course, that snow replenishes the vast aquifer networks that run throughout Canterbury, all good news for the future health of the rivers and…Read More
April turned into another busy period with a perfect blend of work comprised of fly tying, fly fishing tuition, and of course, guiding coming back strongly into focus, with my first international client for 2 years. During the late days of April, I guided Dave from the USA into some quality Brown Trout. These fish…Read More
Kai Ora, a warm welcome to this long overdue update. As with many, these past two years with Covid 19 have been remarkably challenging but am very pleased to inform you that I have remained full time in the fly fishing industry, unlike many who have gone on to other things and feel humbled to…Read More
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Learn to fly fish, or improve your angling skills with a professional fly fishing guide. All lessons are based in Canterbury. The fly fishing lessons are very practical, taking pace on stream or on the lake. We deal a lot with reading the river, stream craft, the approach and all manner of aspects of fly…Read More
Showcasing Martin’s highly original, innovative and performance-based Trout Flies all crafted and designed by Martin Langlands in New Zealand. Martin has been fully involved in this since 1985 and continues to grow and develop. Flies can be purchased directly from Martin. Flies can be customised to your requirements as well. You can see Martin’s flies…Read More
Covid-19 Update – 20 days with no new cases! Warm greetings from early winter in the South Island of New Zealand. New Zealand’s big news is that as of today, we have been 20 days with no new Covid19 cases reported and and the last active case has recovered. What a great effort by the…Read More