Back in 1999 I had a special opportunity to spend 3 weeks on the North and South Island of New Zealand, was an amazing opportunity one I will never forget. I never made it this far into the back country. But would love the chance, if and when I go back.
The backcountry of New Zealand holds a special place in the heart of all Kiwis. “Going bush” is a national past time, and Kiwi fly fishers like nothing better than the sun on their backpack, the cold touch of a mountain stream and the opportunity to sight fishing to giant trout in pristine settings.
The film follows six fly fishermen, from different places and different walks of life, as they each explore a treasured corner of the North Island. This land of active volcanoes, rugged gorges and dense forests provides an epic backdrop for some of the best trout fishing on the planet. As each story weaves into the fabric of the film it becomes evident that, despite their differences, the characters are all bound together by their passion for the backcountry.
Backcountry – North Island is Gin-Clear Media’s 7th fly fishing feature film.
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Produced by Gin-Clear Media, www.gin-clear.com
Directed / Edited / by Nick Reygaert
Second Camera / Jack McCowan
Cineflex Operator / Peter Thompson / Aeroptics
Starring / Mike Kirkpatrick / Cory Scott / Andrew Harding / Steve Sprague / Tony Hildesheim / Mike Davis / Rene Vaz
Special Thanks / Silvio Caldelari / Sylven Reygaert / Chris Sharland / Rene Vaz
Filmed in the North Island, NZ