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Now casting: Locum anglers, part II

Posted by Saralynn White

New Zealand is the best place in the world to enjoy the wildest offerings of outdoor sports amid dramatic landscapes and seascapes - and fly fishing is no exception. In fact, you'll find the ultimate trout fishing experience in the Land of the Long White Cloud.

man holding fish 123rfNew Zealand has more unspoiled trout streams per area than any other country on earth. European brown and North American rainbow trout were introduced in the late 19th century, and trout now occupy virtually all of New Zealand’s waters. In fact, the North Island is also known as “rainbow trout island” and the South Island is called “brown trout island.” For this installment, we’ll focus on southern spots.

This past season proved to be a 'Year of the Mouse,” which, simply put, means the Beech trees had a bumper flowering season, causing an abundance of seeds for the mice population grandpa fishing 123rfalong the rivers, which get eaten by passing trout, leading to large mouse-eating trout. Guides say more large trout were caught this past season than in the previous 15 years. One angler reports, “We landed a total of 72 fish, averaging 5 3/4 to one hefty 14 pounder.” History suggests there will be some residual carryover of the big fish for the upcoming season, so start planning your locum adventure now.

New Zealand fly fishing guides sight-fish exclusively, and are the best in the world at spotting trout in broken water. You don’t have to hire a guide, but it’s definitely worth it here. For many of us, some New Zealand stalking and spotting trout techniques are new territory, so you'll want to fish do a little research about the technique and then take to the waters at one of the many recommended spots, including:

Nokomai Valley, New ZealandThe Mataura River is one of the South Island’s most famous trout streams and runs approximately 12 miles through the historic, family-run Nokomai Station sheep ranch. The lodge reaches 27 trout streams by car (and helicopter). For the non-fishers, or days between fishing, you’ll also find horseback riding, day trips to Milford Sound, flight-seeing, mountain biking and hiking.

Willow%20Grub resized 600The Taieri River is a meandering peat-colored river with excellent dry-fly and nymph fishing to large browns. The fishing is drive-to and easy walk-in with average six to eight browns per day.

Grasmere Station on the Waimakariri River is where the incredible high-mountain scenes from the Lord of the Rings movies were shot - about 1.5 hour’s drive from the city of Christchurch. Surrounded by the imposing mountains of Craigieburn and Arthur’s Pass national parks, this is the birthplace of rivers and trout-fishing. It’s also sight-fishing at its best: you stalk and sight fish while hiking along rough terrain and into steep valleys where fish feed freely.

Orange Rabbit FlyLake Rotoroa Lodge, on the Gowan River (about 1.5 hour’s drive south of Nelson), has defined the best of the South Island trout fishing and accommodations. Its guides, led by Scott Murray, are among New Zealand’s best. Its rivers, virtually all gin-clear, include drainages of the Buller River and even the Karamea River.

The serene deep waters of Lake Te Anau make up the largest lake on the South Island. On the eastern edge, you’ll find the town of Te Anau - the 'gateway to the fiords’ - set against the spectacular backdrop of Mount Luxmore and the Murchison mountains. If you look at a map of Te Anau, you’ll see it’s surrounded by numerous rivers all within an hour’s drive.  A few to consider for your fishing trip include the outstanding Oreti, Mararoa, and Waiau rivers. You’ll also find one of New Zealand’s best guides, Dean Bell.
As many of us head into autumn, New Zealanders await spring - and tall fish tales from you. Plan your locum adventure with fly fishing in mind and you're guaranteed to bring back some real whoppers. In the meantime, check out this award-winning video filmed by a couple of New Zealand Fly fishermen and see what you're missing.


Topics: Fly Fishing, Te Anau, Mataura River, Taieri River, Waimakariri River, Lake Rotoroa Lodge, Gowan River, Lake Te Anau, New Zealand

Now casting: Locum anglers

Posted by Jesse Black

reflected-lake-usaFall is often referred to as fly fishing’s “forgotten season.” Many anglers choose to put away their rods and reels in exchange for the upcoming football and hunting seasons or other pursuits, leaving prime fishing holes nearly vacant.

The fish that were once lethargic thanks to high summer temperatures - along with those who've remained in hiding throughout the season - are now ready to begin the serious business of eating.

If you expect to travel this fall as a locum tenens,
try one of these fishing hot spots:

The Wind River Canyon" target="_blank">Wind River Canyon in Wyoming has been called the state's best fly fishing destination - mostly because of its sheer volume of large Trout. Even with its breathtaking canyon, scenic wilderness and sage-covered high plains, it receives very little pressure because of its remoteness. The Canyon offers trophy-style water with many of the catches - predominantly Brown, Rainbow and Cutthroat - well over 20 inches.

old-man-fishing-australia-usaIf you’re traveling to Alaska" target="_blank">Alaska, visit Nakalilok Bay on the Pacific side of the Alaskan peninsula. One of the most remote Silver Salmon camps few fishermen dare to dream of, you're flown into the area through a mountain pass and down a rugged, but beautiful coastline to the camp. Charter planes land on the tidal flat below the camp during low tide – when the “runway” isn’t covered by the Pacific Ocean. You’ll share the shoreline with Seals and Brown Bears intent on landing some of the thousands of Silver Salmon that populate the bay. But don't worry, there’s plenty to go around.

plains-buffalo-alaksa-usaFinally, a river named Gallatin runs through Montana. Swarming with Browns, Cutthroats and Rainbows, the Gallatin River" target="_blank">Gallatin River travels through meadows, valleys and canyons and shares a portion of its border with Yellowstone National Park. Along these banks, it's not uncommon for Buffalo, Brown Bear or herds of Elk to cross the river and not even notice you're there. 

Success in fly fishing is determined by a number of different factors. Arguably, the most important is the amount of time you spend fishing, and as luck would have it, we currently have locum tenens positions available throughout these areas. So pack up your flies and get in some serious fishing before that first snowflake falls.

For those of you who are interested in international assignments, you're in luck. New Zealand and the Australian state of Tasmania are home to some of the finest fly fishing spots in the world. Watch here for more about the best fly fishing spots Down Under.

Topics: Fly Fishing, Wyoming US, Montana US, Alaska US, Locum Tenens

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