5 of the best fishing destinations abroad
South Island, New Zealand
New Zealand’s spot-and-stalk trout fishing is legendary on both of its main islands, but I prefer the South which, though larger by a third, is home to a mere quarter of the country’s population. The rugged Southern Alps run down its backbone, providing abundant flows to clear, free-stone streams flowing eastward through the rolling plains. Brown trout and rainbows thrive in these waters, growing heavy on an eight-month-long, full-course buffet that gets underway in early October. Check out NZ Fishing’s Best Places To Fish list for info on the country’s regions and prime rivers. If you know your way around, it’s possible to pull together a do-it-yourself trip, but it’s a good idea to hire a guide for the first few days. Many of the island’s bed and breakfast operations cater to anglers, and fishing licences can be purchased online. Remember that felt-soles are taboo to halt the spread of the virulent invasive alga didymo (rock snot). And the sand flies—millions of them—are vicious, so stock up on repellent. Gateway to South Island is Christchurch.
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