A story from Matt at Traveltruly
One of my season goals was to catch my first trophy trout of over 10lb. Thinking that this would be a season long endeavor I planned my first opening trip to an area which would hopefully help me on the way and at least give me the chance to practice on a few likely candidates.
After planning for months, I headed north with my mate Dave for a hard-core back country adventure to bring in the new season. However the weather gods had different ideas and decided to pound the whole South Island for opening day, I thought that my dream trip may be over before it began.
As the season started to get into the swing of things I decided to hit the road and explore some new waters, this time just on my lonesome. I set up a bed in the back and headed south for a week, it was still damn cold, windy and snowed on the second night which turned the lower rivers high and dirty
After getting hammered by the weather, I made sure it did not dampen my spirits but instead went on the hunt for more remote rivers that would be less affected by the conditions. I was eventually rewarded with a perfect day of no wind, no clouds and crystal clear water, all amongst a magnificent valley. This proved to be one of the best days of my season and definitely my best on that particular water…