Central South Island

The Canterbury region is unique in New Zealand as it offers the travelling angler fishing for salmon, brown & rainbow trout.

Anglers from all over the world flock to the river mouths of the Rangitata and the Waitaki chasing the large king salmon. The headwaters of these rivers provide exceptional fly fishing for sighted trout especially in amongst the spectacular towering peaks of the Alps.

Over Burke's Pass towards the centre of the South Island and anglers are confronted with the majestic vistas of the Mackenzie country. Lakes and Mountains dominate the landscape as does two iconic New Zealand fishing rivers, the Ahuriri and Tekapo. There is a multitude of fishing available in the hydro lakes, canals and smaller rivers.

All the members listed on this web site have the following vital accreditations:

  • Current  first aid certificate
  • DOC Concession to guide on the DOC estate
  • Audited Health & Safety Plan
  • Public liability insurance

Al Kircher

Al grew up in a small rural service town in the Central south Island of New Zealand, and long hours sitting on the porch with his grandfather stirred an interest in fishing and hunting.With a rural background, Al could see the potential for tourism throughout the Central South Island, and in 1985 established his own Fishing and Hunting guiding business. At that time, guiding was not a recognized activity in New Zealand, and Al learnt the good old fashioned way – by sheer hard work and experience. When he is not fishing, he is hunting, and when not doing either Al can usually be found somewhere up in the backcountry working on one of the stations [ranches] From a long association of playing and working in the South Island backcountry he has been able to establish many long term relationships with station owners and farm managers that ensures there is a variety of properties he is able to access for fishing.

Al is passionate about clear water sight fishing for trophy trout. The Alpine regions of the South Island have been his adventure playground for over 40 years. His favourite trip is exploring the mountains and valleys of the West Coast in search of new and exciting fishing opportunities. Combine the passion, extensive experience, and wide network of contacts and you can rest assured that Al will ensure your New Zealand fishing adventure is both successful and memorable. Telephone: + 64 3 302 9055

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Ben Booth

Welcome to Boothy’s Fishing School Ltd, the home of monster Mackenzie Country trout. Boothy’s Fishing School Ltd is owned and operated by Ben Booth who has years of experience targeting the very large trout and salmon that live in the Mackenzie Country canal system. 10lb to 20lb rainbow and brown trout are regularly caught with a number of fish over the 30lb mark coming to the net on a not to irregular occurrence. If catching one of these fantastic hard fighting fish sounds like you send an e-mail to Ben and book in a day or call him on +64 21 1161 950

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Kevin Payne

Kevin & Jodi Payne are owner operators of Back Country Trout. Based in the town of Fairlie in the Central South Island allows  access to different type of rivers and weather patterns. Sight fishing to large trout is Kevin's specialty. Kevin has extensive local knowledge and access to a variety of superb low pressured rivers containing both rainbow and brown trout. Helicopter fishing and camp outs are options. The towns of Lake Tekapo, Fairlie, Geraldine and Timaru will put you in Kevins' guiding range Most trips are by 4x4 and up to two anglers per guide. Phone home. +64 3 685 8977   or Cell. 027 227 8142

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Mark Waite

For enquiries, please contact Mark via telephone: + 64 3  685 4915

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Will Spry

The fishing in the Mt. Cook/Mackenzie High Country has been a big part of my life since 1993.  Having cut my guiding teeth growing up fishing, instructing and guiding in the Snowy Mountains in Australia with my father, Mike Spry as my mentor and best mate, to have the opportunity to live and guide in New Zealand was a dream that most anglers would jump at and I was no exception!  I love sharing the waters of the region; spotting fish, nutting out strategies and finally fooling the fish is probably the ultimate way to fish – hunting with a rod.  Whilst conditions don’t always make this style of fishing possible, we have a huge variety of lakes and tarns, rivers of all sizes and streams – from springs to burbling brooks, all available within a short distance of our base which opens up endless opportunities for great fishing.  The scenery we fish in is mind blowing at times and the fish are too!  Nymphing, dry fly and streamer swinging can all feature, each with their own unique styles being employed.  Spry Fly NZ offers day trips and packaged extended stays in the region, of up to a week.  

Will can be reached via his website

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Steve Carey

Kia ora.  My name is Steve Carey and  I have been a dedicated fly fisherman for nearly 30 years and a full time guide for 22 years. I guide out of the Mt Cook/Mackenzie area of south island New Zealand where the fishing is world class and the area is surrounded by stunning unspoiled alpine scenery. It also has one of New Zealands most reliable climates throughout the fishing season of November - April.   This region does not recevie a huge amount of angling pressure, the days are hot and sunny, the expected rainfall mid to low, and best of all no sandflies!   Visitors are assured of good value accommodation and restaurants as well as the opportunity to meet real New Zealanders (Kiwis).

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Alan Campbell

Originally from the deep south, Alan has spent the last 30 years fly fishing and guiding in the Central South Island. Twizel (my home) is a great base to explore the numerous waters of the Mackenzie Basin and beyond. By staying in my own area, I always know what's going on in the waters we intend to fish. Coming up to 20 years a member of the NZPFGA, the benchmark for professional fishing guides. I come from a sporting background having been a competitive racing cyclist both here in New Zealand and in France from where many of my current fishing clients originate from. In fact France is home away from home for me and a great place to escape the cold Twizel winters! Sight fishing is always a preference when conditions allow. My flies are all self tied and include patterns which you will never see elsewhere! 1 or 2 anglers to ensure maximum personal attention.

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Paul McLauchlan

Owner/Operator of Glendeer Fly Fishing Guides, Professional fly fishing guide since 2000. Specializes in Fly Fishing New Zealand's Central South Island head-water Streams, Rivers and Spring Creeks. New Zealand fly fishing has long held an outstanding reputation with the traveling angler as being one of the worlds Top trout fly fishing destinations. The combination of seemingly endless amounts of river types, wild stocks of large Brown and Rainbow trout, combined with world class fly-fishing guides that sets the scene for the worlds ultimate trout fly fishing experience.

Paul has a long standing history fishing and guiding the back country rivers, it is his extensive knowledge of these free-stone waters, access points, weather patterns, river flows and as importantly a great long-standing relationship with station/ranch/run-holders that insures a professional, enjoyable and rewarding experience is has by his clients. Paul is a specialist sight fishing guide who caters to beginners through to advance, he is very approachable and has the patience of a saint. All fly fishing gear can be suppled, any required transfers to guiding bases can be arranged, custom and complete packages available.

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Frank Schlosser

For the dedicated fly fisher or the complete novice, fly fishing for trout and salmon In all parts of the central South Island. Transport, tuition, equipment and food supplied. For the past 35 years I have been guiding all over NZ and other parts of the world. Being an active watercolourist as well I perhaps see the world more romantically and use fishing and painting as an escape from the reality of daily life. Another hobby of mine is fly tying and as their say "matching the hatch can make a big difference."

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