What is it about New Zealand?

April 5, 2009

New Zealand

4-4-2009-1-52-36-pmWhy do people want to go to New Zealand to Fly Fish? Is it the fish? Is it the fact that it is far away? Is it that the people have a different accent? Why?

I have been to New Zealand before but didn’t fish so I have the experience of seeing the country but the heart ache of not fishing. I am going to give you my opinion on why people, like me, that have never fished there want to go so bad.

Hoss’s reasons for wanting to fish New Zealand

  • Lord of Rings was filmed in New Zealand: This is one of my favorite movie trilogies of all time and to think I could roam where Frodo Baggins and Samwise Gamgee walked as they made their way to mount doom would just be amazing.

OK, on a more serious note……

  • I watched Trout Bum Diaries vol 2 New Zealand Kiwi Camo: This was the first of all the Trout Bum movies that I watched. When I saw it even though I was married with kids I wanted to pack up and spend months camping and fishing for those big fish.
  • There is something about fishing for big trout: From what I have seen from videos and pictures the brown trout are huge and beautiful.  You have to hunt for the trout because you might only see one or two every few hundred yards.  You can use spotters and also sight fish and there is no doubt that fishing for big fish is exciting and intense.
  • Fly fishing in a different country: I don’t know if will be the bragging part or just the personal satisfaction of traveling a long way to another country in search for trout but I know that I will always take the opportunity to brag about it.
  • To mark it off of my list: I have list of a number of different places on this earth that I want to fish. I hope that someday I can look at my list and have them all crossed off.

So there is my list of reasons, what are yours?  Vote on the poll below, we would love to know where is your dream destination.

Where is your dream fishing location?

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5 Responses to “What is it about New Zealand?”

  1. Fat Guy Alex Says:

    New Zealand would be awesome. I really want to go to Alaska though. We had a trip planned to go salmon fishing there but it fell through, and ever since I have been thinking about it.

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  2. Cutthroat Stalker (Scott) Says:

    Big Hoss,

    Funny thing, I lived in New Zealand for a couple of years (when I was 20-21). That was before I took up fishing (when I was about 23). I love the country and the people. A friend of mine goes there every year for a month and fishes (he was a professor in NZ for a couple of years). We talk about it quite a bit. I wouldn’t mind going back, but it wouldn’t be because of the fishing, it’s because I like to travel and NZ is a very cool place. I’ve done the Pacific Ocean and the far east (my dad was in the navy and was always stationed along the Pacific Ocean). So my next desire is to go to Europe. But, again, not to fish.

    All of my top fishing destinations are within 24 hours driving of where I live now (most are less than 12 hours away). But one thing about me is that I’m interested in catching cutthroat in small, tucked away water. The lure of the big fish is not of interest to me and never has been in the 20+ years I’ve fly fished. I don’t know why, but it just isn’t. The places I go to I do like to catch big fish, but that isn’t what motivates me to fish.

    My dream fishing location is the next place I’m going for a “trip” (anything where I spend the night at that location). So I have several “dream locations” every year that I’m actually able to make it to. My next “dream location” will be at the end of June to the southeast corner of Oregon to look for a “non-existent” cutthroat species. If I’m lucky, I expect to catch at least one fish. And I’ll be lucky if that one fish is over 10″.

    I’m glad the pull of the big fish has never tugged at me since I would rarely be able to afford to make it to any of the big destination rivers just to fish anyhow. As they say, different strokes for different folks.

    But if I *had* to pick from the list, I’d go Kamchatka (Russia), Mongolia then Argentina because those are places I’d like to visit regardless of the fish. (Don’t get me wrong, I’d pack my rod and fish, but that wouldn’t be my reason for going there.)

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    Big Hoss Reply:

    Thanks for the comment. I really do think that that when I fisherman graduates to the highest level of angling it is not the big or small fish that gets him going, it is the spiritual aspect of river, outdoors and fish. I loved the way you put it.

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  3. Sally Says:

    Everything! Got to experience the back country out of Greymoth on the west coast of the south Island with my dad (http://caughtandreleased.com/) – caught my first (of 17 that trip) brown trouts there. Loved it. Event he long wet walks to the rivers!

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