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Staveley, 7771, New Zealand
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EMAIL: mail@backcountry.co.nz

  New Zealand Big Game Hunting outfitters and professional hunters.  Download our current brochure of New Zealand hunting trips in the South Islands Southern Alps with Backcountry New Zealand's hunting guides and outfitting service.  We are members of the New Zealand Professional Hunting Guides association and make it our promise to you to deliver an exclusive and authentic hunting experience in New Zealand.  We offer one hunt at a time to ensure you are the sole focus of our company while you hunt with us.

  Download our current brochure on guided fly fishing trips in New Zealand's South Island with Backcountry New Zealand Fly-fishing professional guides and outfitting service.  We offer you a service that designs a tour to suit your personal requirements. We are members of the New Zealand Professional Fishing Guides association.

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Chamois   
Chamois is a goat-antelope native to Europe. Alpine chamois arrived in New Zealand in 1907 as a gift from the Austrian Emperor, Franz Joseph I. The first surviving releases were made in the Aoraki/Mount Cook region and these animals gradually spread over much of the South Island. They are often referred to colloquially as "chamy" (pronounced "shamy").   
In New Zealand, hunting of chamois is unrestricted and even encouraged by the Department of Conservation to limit the animal's impact on New Zealand's native alpine flora.    
Deer   
Fallow Deer (Dama dama)    
A smaller species of deer in New Zealand. Various genotypes exist with differing colour phases: (i) Common, (ii) Melanistic, (iii) Menil and (iv) White. They are often found in bush closer to pasture/farmland, as prefer grazing on grasses. Major herds are found in the North and South Islands of New Zealand.   
Red deer (Cervus elaphus scoticus)    
The red deer in New Zealand produce very large antlers and are regarded as amongst the best in the world by hunters. Along with the other introduced deer species they are however regarded as a pest by the department of conservation and have at times been heavily culled using professional hunters. Additionally many hunters and outdoors enthusiasts class deer in NZ as a resource, for both food, hobbies, and an economic (tourist attraction). Ongoing issues over their pest status continue to be debated between parties.   
 

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 In fly fishing, fish are caught by using artificial flies that are cast with a fly rod and a fly line. The fly line (today, almost always coated with plastic) is heavy enough to send the fly to the target. This is one of the main differences between fly fishing and spin or bait fishing; in fly fishing it is the weight of the line that carries the hook through the air, whereas in spin and bait fishing it is the weight of the lure or sinker that gives you casting distance. Artificial flies are of several types, some imitating an insect (either flying or swimming), others a bait fish or crustacean, others attractors are known to attract fish although they look like nothing in nature. Flies can be made either to float or sink, and range in size from a few millimeters to 30�cm long; most are between 1 and 5�cm. 
Artificial flies are made by fastening hair, fur, feathers, or other materials, both natural and synthetic, onto a hook. The first flies were tied with natural materials, but synthetic materials are now very popular and prevalent. The flies are tied in sizes, colors and patterns to match local terrestrial and aquatic insects, baitfish, or other prey attractive to the target fish species. 
Dry fly fishing is done with line and flies that float, joined by a leader, usually made of fine polyamide monofilament line. The tapered leader is 3 to 5 meters long, thus nearly invisible where the fly is knotted, and the angler can replace the last meter of nylon as required. Unlike sinking fly (nymph) fishing, the "take" on dry flies is visible, explosive and exciting. While trout typically consume about 90% of their diet from below-water sources, the 10% of surface-level consumption by trout is more than enough to keep most anglers busy. Additionally, beginning fly anglers generally prefer dry fly fishing because of the relative ease of detecting a strike and the instant gratification of seeing a trout strike their fly. Nymph fishing may be more productive, but dry fly anglers soon become addicted to the surface strike. 
Dry fly fishing on small, clear-water streams can be especially productive if the angler stays as low to the ground and as far from the bank as possible, moving upstream with stealth. Trout tend to face upstream and most of their food is carried to them on the current. For this reason, the fish's attention is normally focused into the current; most anglers move and fish "into the current", fishing from a position downstream of the fish's suspected lie. Trout tend to strike their food at current "edges", where faster- and slower-moving waters mix. Obstructions to the stream flow, such as large rocks or nearby pools, provide a "low energy" environment where fish sit and wait for food without expending much energy. Casting upstream to the "edge" of the slower water, the angler can see the fly land and drift slowly back downstream. The challenge in stream fishing is placing the fly with deadly accuracy, within inches of a protective rock for instance, not long range casting. Done properly, the fly seems to be just floating along in the current with a "perfect drift" as if not connected to the fly line. The angler must remain vigilant for the "take" in order to be ready to raise the rod tip and set the hook.

 New Zealand hunts and trout fishing are one of the most memorable travel experiences for the hunter or angler.  Now you can be rest assured that while traveling to New Zealand, your next hunting trip or fly fishing experience will be Carbon Neutral or better!  © Backcountry New Zealand Fishing and hunting guides

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Zealand Flyfishing

Picture yourself flyfishing New Zealand! Fishing for Brown or Rainbow Trout amongst the backdrop of the mighty Southern Alps. Backcountry New Zealand is one of the leading flyfishing guiding outfitters with guides who will do their best to deliver a fishing experience of a lifetime.

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Adobe Acrobat DocumentNew Zealand Fly Fishing Guides Info Brochure - Fishing in New Zealand - Fishing information on guided Brown and Rainbow trout trips

What can New Zealand Trout fishing be like you may ask?  Just ask a Trout Bum!!

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Information on Fly Fishing in New Zealand:

Learn about the Fly-Fishing techniques, fishing style and fish species in New Zealand by clicking here.
Fly Fishing trips and packages Enquire about trips and pricing here.
Download our fishing information brochure here.
Meet your professional fly fishing guides of New Zealand by clicking here .
View our fly fishing photos and gallery by clicking here .
View our South Island of New Zealand fly fishing videos here.
Contact us to ask more questions, get us to phone you or to start booking a fishing trip Enquire about trips and pricing here
Learn more about our special occasion, birthday surprise or anniversary fishing tours here.
Learn about why your travel and fishing trip with us is carbon neutral or better here.
Browse through fishing stuff that we like by clicking here.
Learn what fishing equipement and gear you need in New Zealand here.

Our fly fishing guiding team is headed up by Nigel Birt with his vast knowledge of flyfishing guiding in New Zealand. Nigel has been guiding since 1988, during that time he has built up an excellent reputation for himself and Backcountry New Zealand. All our guides have gained their vast experience through guiding throughout the South Island. Their combined wealth of knowledge and tuitional techniques are invaluable to your angling experience and skill improvement. Each Backcountry New Zealand guide is a member of the New Zealand Professional Fishing Guides Association

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And for the fly-tyers among you download our:
Adobe Acrobat DocumentNew Zealand trout fishing fly patterns

Backcountry New Zealand provides a range of flyfishing experiences from full-day guided fly-fishing or Heli-fishing tour, through to multi day tours with hiking, rafting and helicopter options.  We are able to develop all inclusive itineraries including accommodation, simply let us know if you would like us to organise this for you.  We provide high quality fishing equipment,  4WD vehicles and modern lightweight waders! Click to request further information.

 Fly fishing guides in New Zealand are most valuable for their ability to spot feeding trout prior to the fish observing the angler.  Stalking trout and sighted fly-fishing are unique disciplines of angling in New Zealand.  © Backcountry NZ ©