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New gear updates:                                                                                                                                            13 October 2015
This time around we are going to promote a little sun protection gear while on the river. It helps to be informed and prepared as I always feel a little guilty when I have all my protective sun gear on and some parts of the clients attire are missing, allowing our harsh sun down in the clear air of New Zealand to do its damage on any unprotected skin.
Last season we tried out some nice new shirts, buffs, gloves, caps etc., from Simms Fly Fishing gear, this silky like materiel felt exceptionally nice on the hot days whilst giving maximum protection from New Zealand’s fierce intense sun, the buffs, gloves, long sleeved shirt and long peak cap are a must and all made for a good practical combination and are well worth getting. The Simms link is below if you are interested in purchasing anything before you arrive in New Zealand.

http://www.simmsfishing.com/

Fly Fishing Licenses 2015-2016 Season - some helpful information from Fish & Game NZ:                               01 October 2015

Fish & Game NZ manages, maintains and enhances sports fish and game birds, and their habitats, in the best long-term interests of present and future generations of anglers and hunters. They are a not-for-profit organisation, funded through the sale of fishing and hunting licences.

Every person who wants to go fresh water fishing or game bird hunting in New Zealand must first purchase a licence. The licence fees are primarily charged to cover the cost of managing the fish and birds and the habitat they depend on.
There are nine different types of licence on offer. There is a full summary and chart available on their website. Pick the licence that best suits your personal circumstances, lifestyle, age and stage. Then follow the simple directions on how to buy your licence.

Remember that overseas visitors planning to fish for more than a couple of days must buy a Non-Resident Licence.
You must have your licence with you whenever you are fishing or carrying assembled fishing gear.
Report lost or stolen licences to your local Fish & Game office and they can issue you with a replacement.
Back Country Licence and Controlled Fishery Licence: To fish designated backcountry rivers you must apply for a Backcountry Endorsement, available at no extra cost once you have purchased the appropriate Whole Season Licence.
It is important to pre-purchase the appropriate license before coming to New Zealand – follow this link: www.fishandgame.org.nz