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

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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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.  Fairlie is a great base to access multiple types of rivers set in some of New Zealand's most scenic places and diverse weather patterns which is key to finding trout every day. 

Sight fishing to bigger than average trout is Kevin's specialty. With more than twenty years of guiding in this location, Kevin has extensive local knowledge and access to a variety of superb low pressured rivers containing both rainbow and brown trout. Helicopter fishing and overnight camp outs are options. The towns of Lake Tekapo, Fairlie, Geraldine and Timaru will put you in Kevins' guiding range. Phone home +64 3 685 8181 or Cell +64 27 227 8142

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Sam English

Samuel English is the owner and operator of Sanctuary Guiding, which is based out of the breathtaking town of Twizel. Sam has fly fished from the early age of just ten and has a deep knowledge of the sport and of the Central South Island.

Sam's passion for fly fishing and guiding goes well beyond the norm. He's the kind of guide who really has his finger on the pulse and can build a super fun day around chasing trout in this magical part of the world, regardless of your skill level.

Gin clear rivers, creeks and lakes all feature in the Central South. Whether you want to sight fish dry flies and nymphs or pull streamers around lake edges, Sam is your man. Sanctuary Guiding offers everything from half day trips to multi day camping trips and even special rates for anyone under the age of fourteen. Sam can be contacted through his website. Get in touch now to create memories that will last a lifetime.

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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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