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Canterbury Fishing Guides

Canterbury Fly Fishing Guides

Gary at Canterbury Fishing Guides offers day and overnight trips fly fishing in remote rivers and lakes, or kayak, raft or boat fishing. He also offers surf-casting and fishing for cod and kawhai, and going after paua mussels and whitebait in season.

Canterbury Fishing Guides operates 12 months a year. Your specific wishes and needs are catered for to make your ultimate dream trip a reality.

Name Canterbury Fishing Guides
Contact Gary Worthington

Christchurch, New Zealand

Contact details

Ph +64 3 342 8950
Mobile 021 529 022

Email: canterburyfishingguides@xtra.co.nz

Web: www.canterburyfishingguides.co.nz

Fishing videos

Fishing Canterbury has its own YouTube channel with a wide selection of video clips including:

Fly Fishing 3 days while wife and daughters shopping


"I am the one fishing with Gary on this video. I had little experience with a fly rod before this trip. I fished for trout with worms and spinners back home. Gary was a very patient teacher.

He took me to very remote areas where the fish are not as "educated". He showed me the "educated" monster browns that wouldn't bite under the bridges and next to the roads. We walked  for many miles to find the best areas and it was well worth it.

The water was crystal clear and we saw many many trout, not all were feeding, but when they were, if I couldn't catch them, Gary could. His casting was like poetry in motion. We had good time laughing about how our US and NZ accents occasionally kept us from understanding each other. I took his advice for Salmon fishing later in the trip with my wife and daughters at Lake Tekapo and caught salmon for supper three nights in a row.

I would recommend Gary as a guide for anyone. "

About your guide

Gary is passionate about all types of fishing in the Canterbury region and knows all the best fishing spots. He's been fishing there for over 40 years fishing, ever since he was able to ride his bike!


Fishing options

Fishing options include:

  • High country fly fishing
  • Salmon fishing: fly, spinner or lure fishing
  • Kayak fishing: river and off-shore
  • Boat fishing: lake, river or off-shore
  • Eel fishing, whitebaiting
  • Mussel and paua gathering
  • Fly-casting and fly-tying lessons are available
Overnight excursions

For overnight excursions, Gary can arrange a comfortable cabin at a nearby camping ground, or if you prefer a cabin or motel. Campervan and tents can also be provided.

Alternatively you can go out with Gary in his motorhome where light refreshements will be provided and you will be able to get to great fishing with all the comforts of home (this is $900 per day)

Indicative costs

Contact Gary on +64 3 342 8950 or email him for an accurate cost for your fishing trip. Costs include all fishing gear and transport from your accommodation but exclude fishing licence cost.

See fishing options and rates.

  • All trips are weather permitting
  • Although every care is taken, Canterbury Fishing Guides does not take responsibility for injuries.
  • For trout or salmon fishing, you will need a sportsfishing license
  • Bring warm clothes and a change of clothing.






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