Surrounded by some of the worlds most stunning scenery the Mckenzie country located right in the Southern Alps offers much more than just breath taking views, it is also the home of a world class trophy trout fishery. 

The main season for canal fishing starts from May 1st- September 31st with July/August being some of the best months.

The hydro canals are something very unique and special in the South Island which provide anglers with the potential to catch some fish of a lifetime..! As well as large trout, the canals also offer the opportunity to catch great salmon that were released or escaped from the surrounding salmon farms. These fish are great to take home and put on the table. The canals and power stations they supply source their water from the pristine head water Lakes, being  Tekapo, Pukaki and Ohau. The salmon farms present in each section of canals provides a unique fishery whereby the trout and salmon in the canals benefit greatly from the additional food sources they feed the salmon, for this reason the size, condition and abundance of fish is unmatched by any other New Zealand freshwater sports fishery. Although the canals aren’t the best thing to look at the surrounding scenery is certainly breath taking.


Canal fishing is a fishery aimed at catching trophy trout from anywhere between 5-30lb+ and salmon when timed right, although you can target these monsters with a fly rod you will have more success in targeting them with spin gear. There are many techniques used while spin fishing be it soft baiting, egg rolling, or even casting a standard lure. Our aim is to help you take away new techniques and skills and try get a monster fish..!  



What to bring:

We often get asked what to bring when canal fishing as it is not a typical day fly fishing in the back country so we have put together a list for you in order for you to have the most enjoyable experience and to be prepared as some scenarios it can be below 0 degrees Celsius.

  • Beanie/cap

  • Waterproof jacket

  • Thermals ( Both top and bottom)

  • Warm layers, Fleece, Wind proof layer.

  • Warm pants and socks

  • Good comfortable footwear (you may walk anywhere between 1-20km per day)

  • Sunglasses

  • You may want to bring gloves




Full Day


A full day canal guiding includes the following:

  • Lunch and refreshments

  • All terminal tackle provided

  • Top quality Rods/Reels supplied

  • NZPFGA Member

  • Audited Health and Safety plan

  • Public liability insurance


Multi Day Trips


While organising a multi way trip down in the Mackenzie Country it is important we lock accommodation in fast, there are a number of different styles of accommodation ranging from $30 per night/per person to your luxury hotels and lodges. 

Multi day trips guiding include the following:

  • Lunch and refreshments

  • Pick up, Drop off to your accommodation

  • All terminal tackle provided

  • Top quality Rods/Reels supplied.

  • NZPFGA Member

  • Audited Health and Safety plan

  • Public liability insurance



Please note that before you start you fishing adventure of a life time you will need to purchase a sports Fishing Licence here in NZ, these licences are not covered by the guide and you can obtain them either online at or alternatively go into a Hunting or Fishing store.

Canal Fishing