John with a wild brown trout

Boarding school had the right idea!

The forecast was for tough weather on the last weekend of the 2018/19 brown trout season when John fished with our guide Scott.

John’s history was salt water fly fishing, having not fished for brown trout since his boarding school days in England where the school had a chalk stream and a requirement of students to catch a trout on the dry fly.

With some casting instruction, John quickly adapted to the softer trout rods and slower casting of much lighter flies and was quickly fishing well enough to give himself opportunities of hooking the elusive brown.

The weather quickly deteriorated but John persevered in trying conditions. We spotted this healthy 3 pound brownie moving up shore. We approached with caution and on the third cast it sipped down John’s fly and was soon in the net.

The beautiful colours of the wild brown trout were matched by the brightness of John’s smile and his delight.

Image: Scott Murphy

John with a wild brown trout