Clients and Guides equal Teamwork

Fly fishing guiding has many components to making a successful day for both the client and the guide. At the end of the day it is teamwork. A good guide will work More »

Fly Fishing Queenstown early season

Fly Fishing Queenstown and local area over the last month has not been the easiest in regard to the weather. The typical spring weather has been bringing thru plenty of fronts delivering More »

Fly fishing Queenstown in the heat of New Zealand summer

As the days are long and hot fly fishing Queenstown back country can be quite arduous on the body with many kilometers covered to get some of the best fly fishing in More »

Spotting NZ Trout

Spotting NZ trout is a bit of an art form in a funny way and some anglers become very adept at it, others do not. I often get asked how on earth More »

Fly Fishing Queenstown be ready for the 2011/12 season!

Fly Fishing Queenstown has one month to go before the 2011-2012 new season opens. Ye haa! Like fishing anywhere to be successful fly fishing Queenstown it pays to get your gear ready More »


Nigel Birt

I’d like to introduce my friend and guiding buddy Nigel Birt.

Nigel is based in Canterbury and runs Back Country New Zealand

Having worked professionally as a fly-fishing guide and instructor since 1988, his knowledge of the sport is outstanding. Trained at an early age by professional guides he served his apprenticeship at a top New Zealand fishing lodge. Through his experiences Nigel has developed skills and knowledge that competes with New Zealand’s bests.

Nigel has been adventuring in the outdoors since the age of eight years old, and tying fishing flies since 12.  He has a great knowledge of New Zealand flora and fauna, geology, and backcountry survival, developed from remote fieldwork with Landcare Research New Zealand. Nigel worked as an avalanche forecaster – safety manager for several New Zealand ski areas, and as a heliski guide for Mt Hutt Helicopters.

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