~A remote stream…somewhere in the North Island~
Apparently there’s some debate as to what constitutes a Back Country river. However, many agree it’s a stream inaccessible by road or tracks with little sign of human interference. In other words, you’ve got to pay your dues with a stint of leg work before stringing up a rod. So, linking up with a like minded fishermen Craig Cunningham, off we went to bag ourselves a “back country” experience. Hailing from America, Craig is no stranger to the more remote streams of NZ as he spends the best of six months researching them each year. Naturally, I was in good hands then and our day couldn’t have started better when a fit brown trout latched onto my cicada pattern. Then Craig went and found himself some plump rainbow trout with attitude. From there we took it turn about as we negotiated a productive little stream!
This well marked beauty couldn’t resist a cicada plopped into his field of vision
~Craig piles on the pressure to stop an angry trout from reaching cover~