Fly fishing in New Zealand with Derek Grzelewski, author of the bestselling TROUT DIARIES and TROUT BOHEMIA. Interviews with top guides, trout scientists, river conservationists, tips and tricks for what to do and what NOT to do when fly fishing in New Zealand. Audio excerpts from TROUT DIARIES and TROUT BOHEMIA, and key information about regions and seasons - where to go and when - to make your fishing in The Best Trout Country in the world a success.
Nature of Sight Fishing in New Zealand
Trout Diaries Radio, Episode 5:
a chat with Ian Cole, top fly fishing guide in New Zealand
In Episode 5 of the Trout Diaries Radio we chat with Ian Cole, one of the most experienced fly fishing guides in New Zealand, and a character in both The Trout Diaries and The Trout Bohemia books. We talk about the nature of sight fishing, how to do it well and how not to get into trouble with other anglers pursuing similar goals. River etiquette for sight fishing is totally different from all other styles and, if we want our space and trout solitudes respected, we need to do the same towards others. So listen and learn what are the exact rules of engagement.
We also stray into river conservation issues, it is difficult not to these days. Ian is a vocal activist for water quality and he will also appear in our upcoming documentary The Trout Heaven and Hell.
Enjoy the show and tune in to more of our episodes brining you the best of fly fishing in New Zealand
Trout Diaries Radio – Episode 4
The Punk-Rocker of Fly Fishing
In this episode we visit and chat with Stu Tripney who runs a delightful little doll-house of a tackle store on the Upper Mataura in Athol, New Zealand's Southland.
Stu, who is one of the characters in The Trout Bohemia - which is now avaialble for pre-orders in our BOOKSHOP - is a guide, FFF Master Caster and an innovative fly tier. He's also the punk-rocker of fly fishing. You can read about my re-learning to cast with Stu here.
But, as you will hear, there is a lot more to Stu than casting or punk rock.
Enjoy the show! Use the Comments feature below to let us know how you like it and what else you'd like to learn about fly fishing in New Zealand.
Trout Diaries Podcasts – Episode 3:
Johnny Groome and the Arnold. The saving of "One of the best trout rivers in the world you've probably never heard about."
Episode 3 of the Trout Diaries podcasts features a happy-ending post script to the story of Johnny Groome and Arnold River (featured in the book and as ONE MAN'S RIVER ONE MAN'S WAR on Midcurrent.com.)
An inspirational tale of what happens when we follow our passion and stand up for what we love and believe in.
Let us know what you think (use Comments below.) This is our first fully audio-engineered show.
The Trout Diaries Podcast – Episode 2:
Episode 2 of The Trout Diaries podcast is up on iTunes, an interview with Derek by Brian Bennet of Moldy Chum and Teeg Stouffer of Recycled Fish, recorded by by MauroMedia. Coming up in Episode 3 a chat with Johnny Groome and the saving of his beloved Arnold River. Stay tuned to the Trout Diaries podcast, brining you the best of fly fishing in New Zealand.
The Trout Diaries Podcast – Episode 1: Introduction
Welcome to the first of our TROUT DIARIES podcasts. New Zealand is a phenomenal place to fly fish for trout, many say the best in the world, but it's also one of the most challenging. Many anglers have come here to live their dream of the Trout Eldorado only to come away beaten and humbled. This is because, as Charles Gaines wrote in his The Next Valley Over:
“In some places and at odd times trout fishing can be easy in New Zealand but typically and essentially it is more technically challenging and butt-kicking difficult than anywhere else in the world.”
This is just one of the reasons for these podcasts: to help you improve your fishing and, if you are coming from elsewhere in the world, to come prepared.
In subsequent episodes I will be brining you the best of New Zealand fly fishing: interviews with top guides, trout scientists, river conservationists, tips and tricks for what to do and what NOT to do here. I will take you with me on the road - the research trips for my trout books - and show you our diverse regions and how they differ through geography and seasons.
Another reason for these podcasts is to spread the word about conservation of our trout rivers which are under an unprecedented threat from industrial interests. The more anglers know about this the sooner the change in environmental awareness will come about. So please join us, let our voice be heard. The hour is late.
In the course of our journeys you will meet some of the characters who inhabit my books - the trout bohemians - and learn what makes them so passionate about fly fishing in New Zealand. You will gleam some of their river wisdom and experience. We will finish each episode with an audio excerpt from my books THE TROUT DIARIES and THE TROUT BOHEMIA (which will be out in August) to give you a literary taste of what it's like to live the trout dream here.
There is always a danger in a writer writing about himself and his work so to begin with and, to forestall any self-indulgences on my behalf, here's an interview about The Trout Diaries which Colin Shepherd did with me for his HOOKED ON FLY FISHING radio show.
So, sit back, pour yourself a glass of your favourite, and join us in living the trout fishing dream.
Customer ReviewsSee All
Awesome local content
Seriously Derek it would be awesome if you resumed adding to this collection.
Still hanging after sight fishing 101!
Trout diaries audio
A fascinating man with a huge passion. Some great listening :)