The Mataura, when we got to it, was worth the trouble — a wide river of beautiful glides and runs that allow long, drag-free drifts of dry flies, the kind that float on the surface.
The numbers of anglers casting on the New Zealand streams we fished were far fewer than we had experienced on comparable streams in Montana or Idaho. Only superb fishing could justify the 22 hours of flights that had taken us from Boston to San Francisco, to Auckland, Christchurch and then to Invercargill. Most tourists fishing these waters will catch at least one three-pound trout a day, according to Mr. McLoughlin, and fishermen will frequently catch to inch fish. Some streams contain trout that average five to seven pounds, said Ron Granneman, a retired guide from the Bighorn River in Montana, who fishes New Zealand in the summer.
New Zealand began importing brown trout from Germany, France and England in the s, and they thrived. So did rainbow trout, brought in later from the Russian River in California. But brown trout dominate on South Island, and browns are the greater challenge. Many fly fishermen consider them the most difficult to catch of all trout. Fish are not, of course, the only reason to visit the alpine country of the South Island. The region also attracts hikers, mountain climbers, kayakers and photographers.
The highest peak, Mount Cook, is more than 12, feet, and gin-clear streams cascade down to river valleys. The views are spectacular, and the sunrises in the big sky are like those of the American West, bursting with color. The country itself is tough on the body. Thistle so prickly it can puncture fingers and even pierce tiny holes in fishing waders was everywhere.
Even in open pastures, the banks were 15 feet or more above the river. We slid down the grass to the stream and then, when climbing out to leave, grabbed the heavy grass roots and inched ourselves up slowly. I quickly learned that the fishing was not easy. In fact, because of rain and rising, discolored water, I caught fewer than eight fish the first two days.
Curt Nelson, a retired engineer from Gales Ferry, Conn. Because of frequent rains, the rivers flood. Dorsey spends approximately two hundred days a year on the water, enjoying a unique quality of life both personally and professionally. He oversees and trains more than 20 guides and helps to set the standard for integrity and professionalism in the Blue Quill Angler guide operation. Pat Dorsey has guided on the South Platte for more than eleven years. He spends at least days per year on the stream so he knows the water intimately. Join us to learn everything you need to know about fly fishing one of the most challenging trout streams in the United States.
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