A SMALL multi-media business based in Te Anau has gone global.
Gin-Clear Media, which produces fly fishing television shows and films, was started by Australian fly fishing enthusiast and filmmaker Nick Reygaert in Otautau about 13 years ago. The business was relocated to Te Anau about three years later.
When Mr Reygaert started Gin-Clear Media, he was working on his own. He now employs three full-time staff and works with numerous partners overseas, including Europe and South America.
Gin-Clear Media produces the television series Pure Fly NZ, shot throughout New Zealand featuring New Zealand fly fishing enthusiasts and which had screened on Sky Sports in New Zealand and on channels in Spain, Italy, France, the United Kingdom and the United States (US).
The company also specialises in producing fly fishing DVDs and books, and runs the annual RISE Fly Fishing Film Festival which played in 15 countries.
“The thing that sets us apart is the film festival, which has gone global,” Mr Reygaert said.
“It is a big part of what we do.”
Mr Reygaert was a qualified marine biologist, but he said he had never worked as one.
“Fishing was my passion and I tried to find a job that would help me go fishing more.”
About 15 years ago no one else was making fly fishing films, he said.
“I was waiting for someone else to do that, because I wanted to watch them. They never came, so I started doing it myself.”
He got his break after securing a job as a second cameraman for a US company in Patagonia, South America, making the film Trout Bum Diaries, which became a classic, he said.
“It was lucky for me the film became really big globally and everything spun off the back of that really.”
He went on to produce his own films, including The Source, Hatch, Predator, Leviathan and The Backcountry
Mr Reygaert grew up in Perth, where he said there were trout, but the fishing was “bad”, so he moved to Southland.
“Southland and Fiordland are highly respected worldwide as fly fishing destinations,” he said.
“In terms of global destinations, they are in the top five to 10 around the world.
“If you were going to live anywhere, this would be right up there.”
The premiere screening of the first episode of the third series of Pure Fly NZ will be screened at the 13th RISE film festival this year. The New Zealand tour starts in Gore on Monday.
Mr Reygaert said the third series of Pure Fly NZ was expected to screen on New Zealand television in February next year. It had also been sold to television channels overseas including Sky TV in Italy and Spain, as well as channels in France, Russia and the US.