New Zealand guide, Martin Langlands, recently sent some photos of the big fish they are taking this year. The season starts in October for some of the South Island streams, with others opening in November. Martin reports that the fish are in exceptional condition this year, and will only get better as the summer comes on and the food supply increases. Right at the moment, they have some good mayfly hatches, and are taking some really big fish on the dry. Arne from Norway nailed a big 8-pounder, and John from Australia topped that with a 9-pounder. Let me remind you that these fish are plenty spooky, so long leaders are essential, and good casting paramount to success.
If you have New Zealand fever (it’s never gone away for me), then get in touch with Martin at Trout Lands—see Links to right. You can’t go wrong.