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“The Trout Diaries, A year of Fly Fishing in New Zealand” - January, Part 3

“Yous fellas fishin'?” a Maori guy asked on the shore of Lake Otomangakau. I said we were having a look. “Plenty a fish here, bro. Big bastards, too. But bloody hard to catch, ay.” He was lean and hard, dressed in a bush shirt and hunting shorts, both of which had a lived-in, heavy-use look, and his legs and arms were scratched with bush lawyer and...

“The Trout Diaries, A year of Fly Fishing in New Zealand” - January, Part 2

IN THE MORNING we started up the river, zigzagging against its meanders, linking up shoulder to shoulder for the crossings, stalking the tails and eyes of every pool. The middle parts of pools, sandy, deep and slow-moving, were impossible. The fish, like submarines, were either parked right at the bottom or finned leisurely in circles, nymphing among the...

"The Trout Diaries, A year of Fly Fishing in New Zealand" - January, Part 1

HAVE YOU EVER BEEN on a fishing trip, long planned and much anticipated, where nothing seems to go right for you? You arse up just stepping out of the helicopter and give yourself a good one on the shin, a bruise that over the following days blossoms plump and purple like a Baccara rose. And that’s just the beginning. You promptly trump this with another...

What Trout Want: A Beautiful Fiction

Self-Conscious Trout MOST OF WHAT has been written on fly fishing for trout is based on a single premise: Trout are intelligent, suspicious, even capricious creatures that are wise to our tricks. But that’s not all—it seems the harder we try and the more flies we throw at them, the harder they are to catch. For a lot of us that difficulty is precisely...

English-Speaking Destinations

Have a question you want answered? Email it to us at [email protected] Question: I’m kind of a wimpy traveler, so I hate to go places where they don’t speak English. (I know...it’s embarrassing; that’s why I’m not including my name and address.) Part of it is that I like to bring my non-fishing wife, who doesn’t like wandering around without...