When most fly anglers think of New Zealand, they think of giant pre-historic Brown Trout. But, did you know that these trout aren’t native to New Zealand? The initial settlers of the island nation hailed from the English Isles (mostly English, Scottish and Irish), and in a desire to make their new land like home, they introduced a few wild game species from home, like the Brown Trout and Red Stag. Both populations exploded and are now sources of recreation for anglers and hunters all over the globe!
The entirety of “The Introduction: New Zealand’s Brown Trout Story” from Side-Channel Productions, is an engrossing story of how the Brown Trout has made New Zealand home and why the island nation should be on your fly fishing bucket list.