Backcountry New Zealand can provide all equipment for guests. Some people prefer to bring their own lightweight waders and boots to ensure a good fit, but check they are in a clean and dry condition prior to departure on your flight to New Zealand. Generally clients wish to, and enjoy bringing their own equipment. The following information will help you prepare for your backcountry experience.
Fly Fishing Rods
Preferably 5 and 6 weight. Long (8'6" upwards), fast action graphite. The modern three and four piece rods are excellent and, most importantly, are easy to carry on aircraft. Backcountry NZ uses and recommends Sage four piece ‘Z-Axis’ or ‘’TCX’ series. The casting is usually short range for our sighted trout fishing in order to reduce drag potential so it pays to overweight rods by one line weight as a standard practice. I.e. we use a WF6 line on a 5 weight rod and a WF7 line on a 6 weight rod. Carry a spare spool with another line if you wish.
Fly Fishing Lines
Floating in dull colors – Rio selective trout WF series are excellent lines. Dull lines avoid line flash over the trout and are essential in clear water fishing for wild brown trout. Rio’s Camo Green colour is excellent. Leave the bright and flashy lines at home for NZ. One line weight higher than your rod.
Fly Fishing Leaders
0x to 3x 9' to 12' (Rio, Cortland, Umpqua, Tippet 3x to 7x (Fluro-carbon).
Any brand with good disk drag and 100m of backing. Again try and bring a reel that is dark and dull in color. Lamson Litespeed and Ross Reels we recommend for their smooth and strong drag systems.
An industry standard, the Simms G3 Guide Stockingfoot is the go-to wader for any angler seeking performance, durability and comfort whilst in New Zealand.
We use and recommend the Simms G4 Guide Boot. This is the hardest working & most comfortable boot that Simms offers. The G4 utilizes the latest Streamtread sole technology as Felt soled boots are banned from use in New Zealand. Backcountry NZ has a range of boots for clients, and if required please advise of your foot size.
Clothing & Other Fishing Equipment:
Light Weight Shirts & Pants
Columbia fishing clothing is great in the SPF 30+ Bahama Long Sleeve shirt & convertible pant Sage Green. Simms clothing also follows a clothing layering system as detailed below.
Thermal Warmer Layers
In New Zealand, heat and warmth management whilst out on your day is critical to comfort. Weather and temperatures can dramatically change and rapidly. We manage this by carrying ‘layers’ of thermal tops that can be put on or taken off easily. The rule of thumb is a light weight layer against your skin designed to wick away any moisture, with layers of micro fleece and fleece for warmth and then a windbreak/rain jacket. We recommend layering with the following Stoney Creek clothing that our guides use in New Zealand’s often harsh conditions: Base Layer – Powder Dry shirt and pants; Thermal Layers – Micro Plus and Silent Series shirts; Wind/Rain Layer: Stoney Creek Huntlite Jacket.
This is compulsory!! Remember dark colored or Camo jackets are best, and need to be very waterproof. Rain Layer: Stoney Creek Huntlite Jacket.
These will let you see the fish. Action Optics by Smith have a nice photochromic amber lens to suit NZ conditions.
Sun Hat & Sun-cream
Dark or tan hat with a wide all-round brim to protect from the sun. Water resistant and minimum SPF30+ sun cream.
A small daypack between the two of you can be helpful. Again dark colors.