Christchurch & North Canterbury

Reaching down the East Coast of the South Island from Kaikoura Southwards some large rivers rush towards the ocean from their Southern Alp headwaters. The Waiau, Waimakariri, Hurunui and Rakaia all provide excellent salmon fishing as well as a healthy population of rainbow and brown trout.

You can’t talk about the North Canterbury region without mentioning some of their iconic freestone rivers. The Hope, Boyle, Doubtful and Lewis Rivers are all wonderful fisheries populated with large trout. The fishing isn’t always easy, but the scenery and opportunity of landing a 10 lb + fish is always there.

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

Ben Haywood

With the rugged Southern Alps of the South Island of New Zealand as a magnificent backdrop, enjoy catching wild Chinook (King) salmon averaging between 5kg (12lb) and 11kg (25lb) in the very scenic and unique braided rivers of Canterbury.

Canterbury is the supreme salmon fishing destination in New Zealand and a haven for salmon fishing trips, with the top 4 plentiful rivers less than 90 minutes from Christchurch International Airport. The salmon arrive from the Pacific Ocean and begin their spawning run usually starting in December and runs through till mid-March, giving good fishing from November through till April.

Your fishing guide, Ben Haywood, is based in Christchurch and specialises in catching Chinook salmon, averaging 15lb on light spin tackle or on the fly. He offers package or tailor made fishing trips, using only top quality Sage and G-Loomis equipment and he prides himself on delivering an outstanding fishing experience to remember.

Ben also offers guided trout fishing adventures to the very scenic and remote Canterbury High Country and the wilderness of the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand. Sight fishing which targets large rainbow and brown trout is one of the many fishing experiences that can be had on these trips.

With both salmon and trout fishing options, a day out with Ben on the rivers of Canterbury is sure to be a lifelong memorable experience. Contact Ben on +64  22 323 3966.

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Neil Goldie

Neil Goldie is a trout and salmon fishing guide based in Christchurch which is located in the central South Island of New Zealand. Neil has been hunting, fishing and exploring the Canterbury and Westland wildnerness since the mid 1970's and has an intimate knowledge of the wildnerness fisheries and the East Coast sea-run trout and salmon fisheries. While Neil is a specialist flyfishing guide he also has a high degree of expertise in spin fishing and jigging for both trout and salmon. He specialises in sight fishing to large brown and rainbow trout in the rivers and lakes of Canterbury and Westland and caters for all experience levels of anglers, be they beginners or experts. Neil provides licences,lunches,light refreshments,4 wheel drive transport and can provide quality equipment such as G Loomis rods,Shimano reels,Simms waders and wading boots should clients require them. Fishing is available during the main season which starts on 1 October and ends on 30 April and the winter season which start on 1 June and ends on 30 September each year. Telephone: +64 27 210 2438

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Jonathan Greensmith

Fly fishing and fly tying since 1985, Jonathan became a professional guide in 1996. Known as an easy going guide he specializes in sight fishing for big browns in the small mountain streams and larger freestone rivers in the Hanmer Springs/North Canterbury area. As well as fly fishing, guided salmon trips are available during the summer runs.  Phone +64 3 319 5888 / Post 1548 Inland Road, RD 3, Kaikoura 7373

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Jason Shortland

Born and raised in Canterbury I was always drawn to water. In fact dad always thought I was part fish. I grew up on the banks of a local river where my grandparents owned a family batch. As a young fella I would often watch grandad and his mates casting dry flies to large brown trout. Grandad’s love and respect for rivers was infectious and fly -fishing soon became an obsession for me too. Over 35 years I have gained extensive knowledge of local streams, rivers and lakes. The Canterbury region offers a multitude of angling opportunities from stalking mountain streams to streamer fishing for sea run trout. I have been guiding professionally since 1999 and I feel privileged and proud to every time I take people into the New Zealand backcountry and hunt out fine brown and rainbow trout.
Contact via email or  Cell-phone - +64 3 27 340 7812

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Chris Bell

Chris owns and operates “South Island Adventure Fly Fishing” where he specializes in sight fishing for large Brown and Rainbow trout in the beautiful Canterbury and Westland regions of the South Island of New Zealand (NZ).  He loves to add the element of adventure to his fishing guiding by accessing more remote waters, often by utilizing his 4 wheel drive vehicle. He guides a wide range of waters from small streams and spring creeks to larger freestone rivers, and offers exciting still-water sight fishing opportunities for large cruising Brown trout along shallow lake margins.

Chris offers a wide range of exciting and affordable Adventure Fly-Fishing Packages, and utilizes a variety of waters in his quest to provide his clients with the fly-fishing trip of a lifetime. He is always prepared to travel to access exciting fishing locations in the often highly variable weather conditions that the South Island can seasonally experience, and provides a variety of tour options including complimentary pick-up from distant locations. He caters for anglers of all skill levels with quality fishing tackle and custom “Chris tied/designed” flies being utilized to provide every advantage to the client.

He wants a day on the water with him to be an interesting and educational kiwi outdoor experience, as he likes to incorporate information about NZ wildlife, natural history and ecology. You will see his passion for the NZ outdoors come alive in his easy going, humorous and friendly attitude towards helping others to achieve their goal of catching some beautiful NZ trout. Telephone: + 64 272 286 064

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Tom Hodge

Tom Hodge is a South Island Canterbury based fly fishing guide who owns and operates Epic New Zealand Adventures.
Tom is a very keen and enthusiastic, knowledgeable fly fishing guide who is very passionate about sigh fishing crystal clear waterways throughout the South Island for both brown and rainbow trout. Tom offers multi-day trips and full day guided trips all throughout the South Island however specialises in the Canterbury region mostly.
Tom is also a very keen Salmon angler on the braided rivers around Canterbury. He has a great wealth of knowledge to put you where the fish are and where you need to be, Tom offers both full day and multi-day guided salmon fishing trips using either fly or spin. To get in contact you can telephone Tom on +64 22 063 9453

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Martin Langlands

My name is Martin Langlands and I have been a full time trout fishing guide since 1991, and also involved in fly fishing as a career since 1985. I have accumulated over 2300 professional guide days experience in South Island NZ . Complimenting and fully integrated into my guiding operation is my professional fly tying business with a deep passion for trout fly development and freshwater ecology. With my background and experience I have developed an intimate knowledge of  New Zealand natural and cultural history.

I guide a wide range of waters such as Spring Creeks, Limestone Streams, Wild Freestone Rivers, small streams, Coastal Lagoons, Meadow Creeks, Lakes , low country and backcountry. Aside from the main speciality of helping visiting anglers catch larger Brown Trout, I have options for Brook Char, Sea Run Browns, and Rainbow Trout . A very important aspect to my guiding operation is a flexible choice of guide bases and locations to suit our ever changing weather and water conditions. These are often small country towns that are well serviced and strategically places near waters to give best possible fishing at the time . I cater for all levels of experience and find my self teaching more and more the art of fly fishing. In the past few years I have been producing DVD's focusing on all aspects of fly fishing with an instructional slant aiming to inform and inspire anglers . Telephone: +64 3 318 7112

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Serge Bonnafoux

Serge is a member of New Zealand Professional Fishing Guide Association and manages Charming Creek Adventures Fly Fishing Tours. He invites you to a real Kiwi experience of fly fishing, in the Wilderness from Hanmer Springs North Canterbury to the pristine and unspoiled West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island. He has an extensive, exceptional knowledge of the region and will take you on streams, rivers. Fly fishing or spinning for the Wild brown Trout, Rainbow Trout or Salmon of New Zealand’s South Island. We have access without paying rights other than accommodation if required to public water as well as water through private land. Freely accessing waters is our aim. Quality Fly fishing tackle for "delicate" to "tough" water. Friendly and professional ambience. Every skill level covered from beginner to expert fly fishing or spinning anglers.

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Mark Walter

Hi, I'm Mark Walkter.  I'm a 14 year member of the New Zealand Professional Fishing Guides Association, with 30 years experience "stalking" Brown and Rainbow trout.  As a "roving" South Island fishing guide I can take you (and 2 mates max) to all the best rivers, spring creeks, feeder streams, burns, lakes or tarns the South Island has to offer.

My tours range in duration from 1/2 day to 14 days and cover the breadth and width of the South Island. Whether you are a beginner or expert (or somewhere in between) a fly fisherman or a spin (lure) fisherman, i can cater a special tour to suite your abilities and needs.  If you are a beginner I can teach you the basics of flyfishing and in as little as one hour, you can be fishing for these beautiful Browns and Rainbows. With the best dry fly fishing in the South Island, it's no wonder the most popular of my tours being 4-10 days. Entitles you to fish a variety of delightful water in the most scenic of locations, and is possible in all the regions of the South Island.

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