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

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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Ben Haywood

Stay in modern lodge facilities on a traditional 3600-acre High Country Station and experience fly fishing in pristine waters in the heart of one of the most scenic and outstanding trout fisheries New Zealand has to offer.  Perfectly positioned between Christchurch and the main highway to the West Coast of the South Island, Flock Hill Station is a fly fishing paradise for anglers with its abundance of premium trout fishing water located on and near this picturesque station.

Let Flock Hill Fly Fishing take you on a truly remote, authentic and memorable fly fishing trip of a lifetime. Sight fish for large wild trout in the many crystal clear spring creeks, rivers and lakes found on Flock Hill Station and in the Canterbury High Country and West Coast regions of the South Island. This is the most rewarding and enjoyable form of fly fishing upon which New Zealand’s fishing reputation is built.

Every fishing trip is individually tailored to the client’s needs and abilities by our experienced and knowledgeable fishing guides. They pride  themselves on providing a once -in-a-lifetime fishing experience and enjoy showcasing New Zealand’s unspoilt wilderness fishing with others. Contact Ben at Flock Hill Fly Fishing by phoning +64  22 323 3966

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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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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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Serge Bonnafoux

Serge,  who has been a member of the New Zealand  Professional Fishing Guides Association (NZPFGA) for the last 15 years, is an experienced New Zealand and International fly fisherman .He owes his expertise to travels around the world for the last 35 years, lenghthy hours spent on his rivers trying new patterns, new rods and lines and looking at the situation in regards to fish movements and spawning activities .His passion for fishing took him to amazing destinations around the globe with his final destination being Aotearoa.

His knowledge of the rivers, the lakes, the weather pattern, the rivers flow and the environment always prevails when planing your exceptional flyfishing trip.He is based in North Canterbury in the alpine village of Hanmer Springs but travels extensively to the mighty West Coast of the South Island, even further if such is your interest. Serge specialises in  sight fishing and will take you hunting (stalking) for big brown and rainbow trout on more than 40 rivers he has access to within 90 minutes drive.

Fishing with Serge from a day up to 12 days is always fun,  leaving forever special memories in your anglers mind but will also show you the very best of a real fly fishing Kiwi adventure, where you will be exposed to the elements that make New Zealand so exceptional: the beauty of its nature, flora and fauna, with tussocks plains and mountains, but also the diversity of the waters you will fish: coastal rivers, alpine streams, feestone rivers, spring creeks.
Beside his passion for fishing and nature, conservation and environment, Serge’s background as a French Chef can complete your adventure after a great day on the river by gourmet meals, traditional cuisine  he will prepare for youalways from fresh ingredients.

Free pick up and drop off from Christchurch airport assure you of a relaxing time after a long flight without the stress of driving on the New Zealand roads. Fishing gear and tackle from international reknown brands are also provided free of, as well as camping gear if you choose the most amazing experience to spend your nights by the river. If heli fishing sounds like a great opportunity to get to very remote areas off the beaten track Serge can organise it all for you. You can contact Serge via his web site or call him on +64 21 211 3462

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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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Chappie Chapman

Chappie Chapman guides out of Christchurch which is located in the central part of New Zealand's South Island. Chappie specialize in sight fishing for large brown and rainbow trout. In addition to guiding he can arrange your accommodation to suit your budget closer to the fishing if required, also arrange helicopter trips for true wilderness fly fishing to areas that rarely see other anglers. Chappie has two internationally recognised fly casting qualifications and runs regular classes or one-on-one private lessons. Come have a truly unforgettable fly fishing experience. Telephone: +64 3 359 5440

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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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