This has been the story of our trip to NZ so far, from and outdoors and fishing perspective. We have come over to visit Olli’s NZ grandparents for a few weeks. It’s been a great family visit but being the rabidly keen fisherman I am, it has been a little frustrating at times. I have tried to find the right places to fish when I have had the opportunity but other than a morning session on the Tutaekuri where I got lucky, it has been a blank trip. We have been to some spectacular places and I have driven across numerous rivers that are closed to fishing or have been a raging torrent due to the recent rains. It’s obviously a little on the cold side for my liking but we have tried to get out as much as possible. We have a 10 month old baby to contend with which can put a spanner a spanner in the works at times. According to Jenny, this is where I just don’t understand. I think I do, but I just don’t think she understands how special NZ is from a trout fishing point of veiw. It’s a very “bucketlisty” sort of fishing destination that you want to make the most of while you are here.
Fortunately with Jennys’ father now living across here there will no doubt be many more opportunities at sampling more of what New Zealand has to offer from a fishing perspective. For this trip it’s been a family affair and it’s been a special time seeing Olli spending time with his “new” grandparents.
Here are a few photos of the gorgeous places we have been and some of the fishing I have done: It’s often more special being somewhere beautiful and seeing a place than actually catching fish. What makes trout fishing so special in my view is that it takes you to nature’s most beautiful and pristine places. Here some pictures of our trip so far to trout heaven:
I have a passion for photography, fly tying and fly fishing for trout in remote mountain streams that are seldom if ever fished by other anglers. Yes these places still exist. I have realised that where I fish and how I fish is pretty different from all the other fly fisherman I know and starting this blog is the best way I can share these experiences with others less fortunate in where they reside, or less inclined to wonder what lies over that mountain or up around the next bend.
I am dairy farmer in Kokstad in Southern KZN where we are surrounded by rivers seldom fished. It's also close to the Drakensberg and Lesotho which I think is the most beautiful place on earth. There are hundreds of small streams just waiting to be explored. All it needs is fly rod and reel, a spool of tippet, some floatant, a few flies, a spirit of adventure and a good level of fitness. Let the adventure begin.
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